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Well, the republicans couldn't get a CR passed two weeks ago, so they shut the government down.
They spent the first week of the shutdown trying to pass more bills like the ones they couldn't get passed before the shutdown. Never said they were fast learners. So, they punted responsibility for keeping the government running, and the Senate took over.
After 5 days of talks, both sides in the Senate indicated they were close to a deal, while the shutdown traversed its second week.
Now in the third week, and obviously embarrassed that the Senate was doing the work they should have done, the House republicans once again said "Nope! Nope! WE'LL pass the bill!" So, they derailed the talks in the Senate, and they took off with the ball again.
Now, the House republicans are saying "Oopsie! Guess we don't have a deal after all. Nevermind!" But what's happened in the meantime? Again, the talks in the Senate broke down. And then Fitch announced that it was considering downgrading America's credit rating. It's a good thing we can all understand words like "tank" and "nose-dive" because that's exactly what the stock market, and along with it, peoples' IRAs and retirement investments, are going to do tomorrow.
The clock is still ticking, and we'll hit the debt ceiling in a day and a half.
House republicans need to keep their butts in the corner and keep their mouths shut. They got us into this mess, and it's apparent that anyone else but them will need to get us out of it. Republicans prove again and again their inability to govern, and their ineptness at leadership. The score cards go out in 2014, and it can't come soon enough!