How the world sees the U.S. shutdown
October 8th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

How the world sees the U.S. shutdown

By Jason Miks

As the U.S. government shutdown enters its second week, it is not just Americans wondering when the stalemate will be over – around the world, politicians and commentators have been weighing in with their take on how the U.S. got here, what happens next, and whether their own countries should be worried. GPS Digital Producer Jason Miks selects some of the highlights.

U.S. has been living far beyond its tax base

“For a generation or so, the American government has been living far beyond its tax base, with deficits since 1970 in all but four years. In 2010, it spent $1,900 billion more than it collected in tax – borrowing more than the entire GDP of Canada or India just to pay the bills. If the federal deficit has come down since then, total public debt is now well over 100 per cent of GDP, compared to less than 60 percent in the early noughties,” writes British Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell in The Telegraph.

“…Is it manageable? Perhaps. Maybe. Just about. Now imagine that interest rates return even half way towards their post-war historic average? Wipe out. The barely manageable will become completely unmanageable. Something is going to give. And I don’t mean in a philanthropic sort of way.”

China: We’re concerned

“China, the U.S. government's largest creditor, is ‘naturally concerned about developments in the U.S. fiscal cliff,” Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said in the Chinese government's first public response to the October 17 deadline in the United States for raising the debt ceiling,” Reuters reports.

“‘The United States is totally clear about China's concerns about the fiscal cliff,’ Zhu told reporters in Beijing, adding that Washington and Beijing had been in touch over the issue. ‘We ask that the United States earnestly takes steps to resolve in a timely way before October 17 the political (issues) around the debt ceiling and prevent a U.S. debt default to ensure safety of Chinese investments in the United States and the global economic recovery…This is the United States’ responsibility.’

Problem more serious than it appears

“America’s problem is even more serious than it appears. America is now two artificially created countries, operating in parallel. There’s the country that chooses presidents, and the one that can only rail righteously against them,” argues Waleed Aly in the Sydney Morning Herald. “The country where funding the government is a matter of sensible routine, and the country where shutting down the government is a badge of pride, a slogan you can sell. The Republican Party is going to have to figure out which country it wants to rule because these countries cannot be reconciled.”

“They won't be until every state hands over the power to draw electoral boundaries to an independent, non-political body. In the meantime, the Republican Party is trapped in a bubble largely of its own making.”
Singapore: U.S. diplomacy dented

“The federal government shutdown has dented the United States' diplomacy and restructuring efforts at home, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said, though he believes the country is vibrant and resilient and welcomes it remaining a powerful force into the future,” the Straits Times reports.

“‘It is... not helpful for the American political system to be in gridlock when you have to make some basic decisions on how to keep your fiscal state in balance in the long term, and how to strengthen your competitiveness over decades.

“‘…Obviously we prefer a US government which is working to one which is not, and we prefer a US President who is able to travel and fulfill his international duties to one who is preoccupied" with domestic issues…America is a very important partner for us, but we understand his [Obama’s] problems and his priorities and we hope he'll be able to resolve them quickly."

Shutdown just a precursor to debt fight

“In Washington, capital of the democratic superpower, an impasse in Congress has thrown the U.S. federal government into a shutdown because the Republican-led House of Representatives insisted on passing the federal budget only if the Democrat-led White House and Senate agreed to delay President Barack Obama's healthcare reform legislation,” Taiwan’s China Post notes in an editorial. “The shutdown came at a time when the US is facing once-in-generations challenges with high unemployment rates and a stagnated recovery from the Great Recession.”

“The even sadder fact is that this shutdown is widely seen as a mere precursor to the upcoming congressional fight over the U.S.'s debt ceiling. If Congress fails to pass a ceiling hike, the US will have to default on its debts for the first time in history. Many economists said they simply have no idea what the consequences of such an unprecedented event will be. Some who dare to guess said the negative impact on the economy could be on the scale of the Lehman Brothers collapse.”

GOP mortally afraid of its base

“The Republicans have kept insisting that the people will eventually thank them for this inconvenience, but they know the polls are negative and they know they are getting more blame for the shutdown than the Democrats,” writes Robert Fulford in Canada’s National Post.

“They probably don’t like being a joke on television, and no doubt they have a normal fear of public opinion. But they fear something else more: They are mortally afraid of the Republican party base. The base hates Obama and hates Obamacare even more. So any hint of compromise over the financing of the Affordable Care Act would be considered an outrage.”

South Africa: We should all fear worst

The global community “should fear the worst over the U.S. debt crisis and shore up its economic defenses accordingly,” South Africa’s finance minister said Monday, according to Reuters.

“Pravin Gordhan said there was a ‘heightened sense of anxiety’ among the world’s investors and policymakers. ‘This is clearly an issue that might go to the brink. All of us need nerves of steel at this point,’ Gordhan said on the sidelines of a conference in London. ‘We need to anticipate the worst and hope that we all have sufficient defenses in place.’”

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  1. Robert Johnson

    Tropical storm Karen has been held by unfunded NOAA in the same spot in the Gulf of Mexico for a whole week now. Godd thing there aint another storm following her.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  2. Take

    Rich people could care less about any of this. Stupid people want to blame rich people who are just shaking their head in amazement at how stupid people have actually become. Rich people typically aren't stupid.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • Ricky

      Wrong. Stupidity does not discriminate. Rich people perhaps are more stupid then poor people. Afterall, rich people allowed Bernie Madoff to dupe them because certainly Madoff wasn't targeting any poor people. There have been countless stories of so-called "trust fund babies" who have lost all their inherited wealth, and then of course the so-called self made rcih people, i.e. Pro Athlethes who've squardered their hard earned wealth. I'm sure rich people are concerned about this shutdown because many rich people have portfolios loaded with Treasurys and if there is a down grade, well then their investments are impacted negatively. Either way, at best it is a specious argument to claim rich people aren't stupid.

      October 9, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • John Smith

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      October 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
      • Greg

        While the events you described are true, your premise that "America is the root of all terror" is blatantly biased and ridiculously false. You seem to ignore the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has acted as "the root of terror" for decades in the Middle East as well as within Iran. I am not excusing all of the actions by the U.S. government, but do you really believe that the U.S. intentionally shot down Iran Air Flight 655? It has been independently determined that it was the aggressive recklessness of the captain of the USS Vincennes combined with confusion of the crew that caused that tragedy.

        October 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Take

    The people who are concerned about the government shutdown are the only ones who should be. If it doesn't bother you don't let those other people make you think it should be your concern.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  4. derek

    Do we really care about what people in other countries think? No! Of course, not!

    October 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • Brooks

      yes..we should care!!...most of the developed world do not think to highly of the USA anymore.
      I am glad I travelled extensively throughout the world for most of the last two decades when we were once a great nation and I felt proud to tell people in other countries I was I would just feel embarassed and ashamed...probably tell them I am Canadian instead.

      October 9, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
      • Liz Clarke

        Come visit us anytime, neighbour. We don't always get you, but we like you!

        October 9, 2013 at 3:03 am |
      • Jeanette

        then leave...

        October 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Liz Clarke

      You should care, Derek – because the rest of the world has helped support you for the past 40 years. Oh, by the way – you're welcome.

      October 9, 2013 at 2:41 am | Reply
      • TomVio

        Liz... i agree that we should care and I do care, but when you say the rest of the world has helped support USA over the past 40 years, I really don't agree!! I believe it is the USA that has supported the rest of the world and keeps doing it.

        October 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • jeffbur119

      The world's economy is all connected. To suggested that we shouldn't care about the rest of the world is ignorant. Congressional Republicans are funded by the Koch Brothers, etc.. Since the Reagan years, the many of the rich in that party have went out of their way to destroy the Middle Class and the poor. They have been supported by certain members of the Supreme Court whose decisions have changed America. They are about to do it again. Many Americans have become uninformed racists. The Republican Party is doing everything it can to disenfranchise minorities because they've lost their vote. That is why they trying to destroy unions and impact minority turnout in elections.

      October 9, 2013 at 4:28 am | Reply
      • Jack Rivera

        Who are the Kock Brothers are they the same as Buffet and Soros?

        October 9, 2013 at 11:18 am |
      • Elizabeth wong

        Would the extreme wing if the Republican be so worked up about the Affordable care act if the President were white?

        October 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • BobPitt

      Do you care what your friendly banker thinks of you? only if you want to borrow money..!!! to be the world leader you have to show restrain and composure, you must admit your government is very dysfunctional and that makes your creditors very nervous, that could mean higher interest rates, and higher interest rates could devalue your money, and thus make imported goods more expensive, and that would make life more difficult for you because it would increase prices on things you need.. got it?

      October 9, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • Mike S.

        Exactly! There are too many Americans that just do not get it. The failure of the U.S. economy would have a global, and quite negative, impact. There are many factors that could lead to such a failure and I fear that time is nearing. It is time for a new system of governing, one where the elected officials take their responsibilities and (supposed) roles as leaders seriously.

        October 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Trevor

      You should care, one word globalization. If one major country (European Union, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Canada, America, etc) we all go down. China right now produces around 70% of all of Americas toys. Yah sure you can make the argument that we dont need toys and we can stop doing business with them, but that is a terrible plan to do for our economy. China cares a ton about our economy, because of the trade we do with them, you may not believe this but our country actually makes money from china so we need their economy to be thriving also. Example, When you buy a toy for a child or your self you pay what? Taxes, and those taxes improve our economy. With more people spending and buying things our economy benefits a ton. So with our government being shutdown, we are not importing very many things, were just exporting, which China doesnt like because they want do business with us. So back to my first point. If we go down, China will go also, European Union, Mexico, Canada would probably take the biggest hit, because we do the most business than any other country to Canada, and likewise. My opinion on the shutdown though is im not too worried about it, I just don't want my credit to be ruined, which could happen if China is desperate and buys our money to make it more valuable, which there is a extremely high chance they will do that, which would help our economy short term then screw us over in long term.

      October 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
      • Photo99

        @Tevor if you think the only think China is producing is Toys you need to go visit Walmart

        October 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  5. samgeo

    Debt IS AN ISSUE. But it is clear that the Republicans are having a narrow agenda with self pride and vengeance verses what should be a national interest. Whatever it is, the strong message that is being sent to all investors worldwide is that, from here on, even if the debt ceiling issue is resolved, it is still only better to withdraw investments from US. Al Quida will start laughing. Nations will be saying to themselves 'stupid america'. Republicans will eventually be able to 'prove' that 'the best option at hand was to scrap Obamacare. Finally Republicans will have won and restored their pride when America has lost. Is that what is their objective? Is that what people vote a representative for?

    October 9, 2013 at 1:33 am | Reply
  6. RBM

    Yes, you should care what's happening and how other countries perceive the USA. Why? Because we are all connected. The USA influence on other countries will reverberate back to us. ie: If we want to be viewed as a country with integrity, we must act with integrity.

    October 9, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
    • Liz Clarke

      This reasoning is needed in Congress.

      October 9, 2013 at 2:47 am | Reply
  7. dfgbetyh34e5rgdsfb

    When you keep blaming both sides equally, what will keep one side from misbehaving? Republicans are traitors and so is the mainstream media.

    October 9, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • herbrichie

      Out of control spending by Dems must stop. Using the debt ceiling as leverage is the only way stop it. Boehner's latest move is very skillful. Obama is cornered and must accede to Boehner's overture. Markets soared today after Boehner presented his idea. Repeat: out of control spending must be stopped or we will default when interest rates increase by two points.

      October 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
      • TomVio

        Funny how the out of control spending became important after Democrats took over the white house. For some reason this same (even more) out of control spending was not mentioned while Republicans were at the white house.

        Remember, the spending is reflected in our deficit which is actually lower now than when Obama took office. So considering the facts, Obama has actually done something about the out of control spending. Now, we need to work on raising our revenue which UNFORTUNATELY means that we all have to pay up a little more taxes for the time being until we recover.

        October 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  8. Ari

    America's state is fragile. The debt issue and a new policy en route to dismantle the balance (yet hugely needed by the American populace), has created a volatile mess creating a shifting rift between sides. The timing is just not right for this kind of change. Obamacare would change things, for certain. We are too fragile economically to take on this huge of an endeavor. It can happen, but the money has to be there to support the initialization. To take on the heath of a country takes money. Those who can't have healthcare is sure to be in the millions and are eagerly awaiting this help, but the charges that would add up into our national wallet would be astronomical. It could be the final push to tip the country over an edge we could never return from.

    America should balance the checkbook first and foremost. As it stands, China could walk into town this week and call in the debt we owe. It's fair for the other countries to look at our disarray and worry for us. The bickering of congress and the playground of the President are just another mishap in a long line of those attempting to do what they think is right, and it all has just been turning out wrong. It isn't the fault of one, it is the combining effort of many years of mishaps throughout multiple presidencies. It is going to take the strongest of persons to make the changes we need and the ride is sure to be tumultuous. I don't see it happening during this shutdown, but I pray that America can turn herself around soon or else we will see further troubles in the future.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
  9. confused

    Isn't this comment really descriptive of our problem? Wouldn't more realistic boundaries be more representative of our political ideals?

    "“They won't be until every state hands over the power to draw electoral boundaries to an independent, non-political body"

    October 9, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
  10. Al

    Having gone oversea, when the locals realized that I was from America they asked what is wrong with your President, why does he want to destroy what we call the best country in the world. They would tell me that you don't want to fall into the trap of nationalized healthcare it was promoted as the best thing next to a slice of pizza, but it is garbage and now they are realizing that it's not working and have to pick and choose who does and does not get coverage. This one guy said that his Grandfather of 63 was told that he was to old to get a hip replacement and that the money was not going to be used on him, Another told me that her Grandfather needs a shoulder operation, but since he's 59 that he's not going to get it for the cost is to high and he was not expected to live much longer.

    Yes they laugh at the United States for as great as it once was it's fallen to the land of takers from the land of opportunity that it once was known as. They hope that the people raise up and stop it so that the last great country can once again hold their head up proudly.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
    • Timmy Suckle

      I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $600,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
      But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easily fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
      Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

      October 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • Jack Rivera

        Every endeavor requires administration, so that is part of operating a business, value added includes operational overhead capabilities.

        October 9, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Al's A Liar

      Al, you are a freaking LIAR. I've asked many, many Canadians if they like their health care system and ALL of them said yes. I asked them if they'd like a system like ours and ALL of them said Nooooooooooooo!!!!!

      October 9, 2013 at 10:07 am | Reply
      • Jack Rivera

        all 5 of them?

        October 9, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • your all insane

      the best country in the world? Think again

      October 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
      • your all insanely beautiful

        Lets hope that we can have fresh start with less greedy people, maybe we can just wipe the slate clean (the debt) and start over and hope they dont make the same mistakes.

        October 11, 2013 at 2:56 am |
  11. Mark

    It saddens me deeply that other countries see what is going on with a small faction of the elected people wanting to hold America and its people hostage. What saddens me more is the likes of right wing hate media is dividing this country even further so they may line their pockets full of cash! If only all the people understood that hate sells and brings in big revenues, maybe they would not think the way they do. I am all for taking care of people, ALL OF THE PEOPLE!

    October 9, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  12. ed nelson

    what about americans feelings on the 2 trillion the us government owes social security.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  13. Puddin

    It's absurd to even think we shouldn't care about how the rest of the world thinks of the US. Of course we should care. I don't blame the president for refusing to negotiate with Boehner when his idea of negotiating is bringing his gun into the conference and pointing at the president's head. Then the next time he wants to negotiate, Boehner will use another crisis to get his way. The guy is totally unreasonable and uncaring of the Americqn people, and he's acting like a fourteen-year-old while in his sixties. The GOP needs to put a real man in the position of Speaker of the House.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  14. Langley Gunman

    As a proud citizen of the United States I must say that I am quite ashamed to even call myself an American now. Too long has the political system in the US been damaged and only hurt the people who really count which is every single US citizen. Instead we offer healthcare and programs to all the Mexican illeagal immigrants who come into our country and bleed us dry. Isnt it time that the US takes care of the true american citizens for a change and lets our country get back on track to the great nation we once were? Shame on every single politician who has the delusional idea that their petty problems and bickering are causing anything but more turmoil in our country. Its a very sad and disgusting day to call myself an American in a land where we worry about other countries problems and let Mexico take over more and more of ours.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
  15. Melissa

    The government IS working. It's not that much that's shut down.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  16. Matt K

    The Americans will fight each other until this whole thing blows up. As a Canadian I ask you to please stop seeing everything through either a Democratic or Republican lens. The ONLY thing that you guys should be worried about is your debt. This debt ceiling thing is all made up Washington BS about a self imposed debt limit. The real debt ceiling will come when other countries begin to refuse lending you money. America is headed for a debt crisis whether you guys like it or not and you can either deal with it right now or let the problem get bigger.

    This is how it will play out. Even if you continue to raise the debt ceiling and continue on your drunken sailor spending ways, this will not avert the crisis like the media will have you believe. Eventually your creditors will realize (its happening right now) that you truly have no means or intentions of paying back the $16 Trillion you've borrowed. Fewer and fewer gov'ts/investors will show up at your Treasury bond auctions and this will put upward pressure on America's interest rates. As the interest rates increase, monthly interest payments on the debt will begin to rise substantially. This will drive the deficit even higher as interest payments will begin to consume more of the budget on a monthly basis. Its now a snow ball effect. Businesses and individuals who can't afford the higher interest payments/rates will begin to go belly up, in turn shrinking the tax base. As creditors become even more worried, interest rates will continue to creep up, compounding the whole process.

    Finally, the U.S. government gets to a tipping point where the deficits are skyrocketing, tax revenues are decreasing and they are effectively rendered bankrupt. This is what is beginning to play out and the longer you wait, the worse this nuclear bomb will be. You're broke and its time to admit it. For the love of God stop living so far beyond your means and handle your extremely serious fiscal issues. Democrat of Republican you'll all be screwed. WAKE UP.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:32 am | Reply
  17. tunatofu

    1. Our Coalition Partner from Britain is WRONG that we have had deficits every year since 1970 – they were balanced under President Clinton for at least 2 years.
    2. CHINA is a LARGE holder of our debt but NOT the biggest as so many Chinese and even American Media keep reporting. The largest holder of US debt are AMERICANS. How do you say "talking out your butt" in Mandarin?

    October 9, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
  18. Mike

    No, no, no, ....China, the U.S. government's largest creditor, has NO right to be concerned about developments in the U.S. fiscal cliff – as China is not a NATO alliance member and the borrowed money was never approved from a strategic and national security standpoint, ... bye, bye Chinese.

    October 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Do you realize Mike, that if the Chinese stop financing our huge deficit, the right-wing politicians in Washington will gut both Social Security and Medicare plus defund our schools and libraries, lay off police and firemen and let our infrastructure fall into disrepair. Who in their right mind wants that? Never mind, it's those right-wing nut jobs as usual!

      October 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  19. Phelix Unger

    It's funny just how everybody here is ignoring the proverbial "elephant in the room". We need to take about trimming our enormous military spending and handing our military bases overseas to our allies. By doing this much, we can put a big hole in our deficit spending as no country on earth poses any threat to us whatsoever!

    October 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      I noticed that you're the only one here to mention the "elephany in the room", ie; our runaway military spending, Phelix! This is the one problem that nobody's talking about! This is the kind of ignorance that will one day bring this country to it's very knees!

      October 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  20. Cathy

    No, we do not want and we do not need China financing USA – it won´t work and it´s not legal. We live in the Western Hemisphere and NATO – not China.

    October 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Judging by your post above Cathy, it appears that you never got past the 5th grade in school! Anyone with half a brain knows that we sorely need China along with other wealthy foreign countries to finance our hugs deficit. Otherwise, we'd sink into the worst economic depression ever!

      October 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  21. Trevor

    Cathy your extremely ignorant, please get educated on the subject. Without china we would be screwed, and there would be a lot of sad children.

    October 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • krehator

      Says you. You must be a corporate traitor supporter.

      October 10, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Maersk

        And you must be a typical American kwok zucking kwok zucker who has zucked his uncle limply kwok one time too many and swallowed one mouthful too much.

        October 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • Quigley

      Well said, Trevor. I agree with both you and Joseph above. Anyone who says that we don't need China is a stupid, crazy fool.

      October 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  22. krehator

    but the rest of the world says it doesn't need us?

    October 10, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
  23. Dude

    Dear Rest of the World,
    We are not bad people. But, all of our politicians are intransigent, irresponsible, jerks who are completely out of touch. The GOP has no sympathy for the poor. The Democrats have no idea how to run a business. Our remaining political parties are refuges for the strange and kooky.

    I suspect that this will eventuallyl end with the remainder of America's middle class living in tents and unable to afford groceries. I hope you guys are prepared to send us rice, grain, food, water, and medical supplies.


    October 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • your all insane

      Its time for an earth cleansing! Mother Nature is in charge now!

      October 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • your all insanely beautiful

        Mother Nature has a lot of patience and tries to warn us, she loves us and will give us more time to get it straight.

        October 11, 2013 at 2:58 am |
  24. Student

    Well I've heard the government is loosing a huge amount of money. So i though why don't they just approve the immigration reform, that way the government can come back, because it is not only holding back money but it makes people loose jobs. I think having the immigration law pass would help. Not only the government but students. It gives students an opportunity to have a secure career and know what they want to study without even having to think no i cant go to a university because im not from the united states. So i think approving this law would help alot.
    (Thats just my opinion)

    October 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  25. Politicsisbs

    Do people not get this? WE ARE BROKE and we cannot continue manage this debt. IF ALL OF THESE DEMOCRAZIES think its bad now? Wait till interest rates rise up a tad. What is manageable becomes impossible. Then we are in trouble in a major way. Think about it, now its a decision to shut down the government, then it will be shut down and there will be NOTHING we can do about it. Just like when a bill collector comes to your bankruptcy hearing china will be at our door step with guns to recover their investments. You can count on it.

    October 11, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
  26. TomVio

    We as a country are not broke... The government is broke, but considering the technology, resources and money in our country, we are still on top. The problem is that the money is very unbalanced and mostly kept closed in the bank.

    Before, there were millionaires and the rest (middle class) were living a nice prosperous life. Now these millionaires became Billionaires and the rest (middle class) became poor.

    Anyone see the problem??? The money that is in our country should be distributed in a way that everyone can have a peace of mind to spend it. If this will continue the way it is, all the billionaires will also lose when their billions will lose the value.

    So, just like in the past, we should raise taxes on the billionaires and restore our equality. I know that some rish people won't like this idea, but think about it. What good your millions will be if you can't use it? Besides, when you have a billion dollars, giving up a little bit more will not even make a dent in your life, but it will sure impove millions of other peoples' lives.

    October 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  27. Dean

    How embarrassing, I'd rather run down the street in my underwear than hear what the world thinks of our internal issues, our government officials look like boozo the clown and why don't our enemies take this opportunity to try and conquer us? but then again, who would want such a country anyway?

    October 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
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