October 2nd, 2013
04:38 AM ET

The shutdown: What we know and don't know

We're only two days into this government shutdown, but it already seems like we've been here before.

And in a way, we have.

The Republicans and Democrats got in each other's faces over the U.S. debt ceiling in 2011. The GOP demanded significant budget cuts before agreeing to give Uncle Sam more borrowing power. That amounted to $2 trillion in cuts over 10 years.

But Congress never could agree on where to make the cuts, so they were implemented across-the-board.

The package averted a shutdown then, but didn't sooth the hard feelings created by the standoff.

With that history in mind, here's what we know and what we don't know about the shutdown.

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  1. The Hamsta

    Hitler used the Hitler Youth Movement to politically indoctrinate the youth and encourage teenage girls to get pregnant. Obitler stole his "Forward" slogan from the Hitler Youth Movement and uses political indoctrination to encourage little boys to become Po Pimps and Mobstaz.

    October 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Hamsta

      "The ends justify the means." and " Let no crisis go to waste." are just words banasy, just words Obitler lives by, just words Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky spoke.

      October 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      You just described the Republican party, dolt.

      October 3, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Evidence is evidence, chump.

    October 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Predictably, I get jacked.
      Save it, JR, honey; you fool no one with your garbage.

      October 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @banasy- it is all in black and white. lol

      October 3, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I don't assume anything. And you have yourself a wonderful, lonely evening with your various sockpuppets, JR, dear.

    October 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr Shropsharp

    I don't know much but I do know one thing. Polar bears are some pretty useless animals.

    October 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 333maxwell

    I'm no Democrat, but one doesn't need to be a Democrat to hate with every fiber of ones being, the GOP and the monster they have become.

    I'd like to dedicate this quote to those hopelessly lost souls in the GOTea over in Congress..

    "Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

    ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

    October 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Day 3, On our way to another $300 million, =$900 million and counting, Tick tock.

    October 3, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thry're going to hold the debt ceiling hostage next. GOP "Leaders" have already said so.

      October 3, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Republican Butch Mathews from Arkansas did his computer work and found he will save $13,000. a year in insurance premiums, something the republicans wish he would be quiet about. He is praising Obamacare. lol

    October 3, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    President Obama taking it to the streets. Minority of republicans of the Tea Party holding our economy hostage. Jon Boehner not taking the clean bill to the majority of republicans in the Congress. Is this a catastophe for all of us? Yes, it will far more reaching in scope of the middle class, food industry, senior citizens, the underemployed and unemployed. For what, not to stop Obamacare, but to defund it and it still goes into effect. Is this considered national security risk? I think so. Can the president act alone to protect it's people from Congress?
    Republicans cannot be the cause of this govenment shutdown and then blame the President, they cannot force shutdowns and pretend to be saviors by their piecemeal deals. I pay my bills, The congress pursestring holders are not paying it's bills.

    October 3, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
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