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Who defines essential?

October 15, 2013

During a partial shutdown of the government, there isn’t enough money to keep national parks open, but federal wildlife areas can be opened to waterfowl hunting....

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Oct-15-13 7:05 AM

Ted Cruz defines it for the Republican'ts.

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Oct-15-13 8:17 AM

really sad that the Minot Daily writers do not know this, but here goes: OMB ordered federal agencies to determine essential and non-essential prior to the right-wing shutdown. Essential remain working w/o pay. Non-essential go home. Military is funded because Congress passed a law and the President signed it. Evidently football players are part of the military. The determination was all made before the shutdown and the President certainly didn't decide to inflict pain. Only people not ignorantly blinded by partisanship can see this though. Good job Minot Daily News. May I recommend several great optometrists practicing here in Minot?

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Oct-15-13 8:32 AM

Dictionary dot com defines the word essential.

Obama is superfluous, the gov will continue with or without him, and, with any amount of luck, he will be replaced within the hour.

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Oct-15-13 11:46 AM

Been listening to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, what fake, plastic, words they spew. Just like their bad fake facelifts.

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Oct-15-13 1:33 PM

@ rajiihammr "As a general rule, if there's a gun involved, you're essential."

Yes -- and ironically -- you're also expendable.

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Oct-15-13 2:19 PM

I say we send all members of Congress home permanently! They are the ones that are nonessential!

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Oct-15-13 4:01 PM

This is what happens when you drop out of middle school.

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Oct-15-13 4:26 PM

Maybe if Obama, and everyone that is so important would follow the law of the land, sign up for Obamacare, things would get going again. I suggest you listen to Dave Ramsey on math, and the law of the land.

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Oct-15-13 5:52 PM

Whistler, thanks for the chuckle, but so true.

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Oct-15-13 6:29 PM

The Tea partisans define what's essential. They've defined the U.S. government as non-essential.

Needless to say, it's not a very popular notion. Three out of four Americans have decided the TP should be flushed down the toilet.

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Oct-15-13 7:10 PM

Sen. Harry Reid thinks HE should define what is essential in any bill the House comes up with...

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday (oct. 15) that an alternative debt limit and government funding plan promoted by conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives could not win approval in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

"Reid said the plan, which was discussed at a House Republican meeting on Tuesdays morning, was "an extreme piece of legislation and it's nothing more than a blatant attack on bipartisanship.""

Sen. Harry Reid is a one-man party of NO

Sen. Harry Reid is holding the entire Senate hostage by HIS demands

Bring it to a vote, Sen. Reid!

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Oct-15-13 7:54 PM

Yep, bdgi, the Republicans are speaking for the people... Yep, 70% or more wanted registration on guns but did they listen..NOOOOO. 72% don't want a government shutdown for changes in obamacare. Did the Republicans listen??? NOOOOOOO. The party of the right wing will depart from the political scene with ted cruz as their leader. Now that is great... the second coming of Joe McCarthy is here and he is a right winger. You all should be proud of that, loco, dusty, bdgi, animal, and the rest. What a crazy you have there. Good bye , republican party. oh, and take that loser, Boehnor with you. Remember, he needs to be kept under the sun lamp or he will turn white.

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Oct-15-13 8:15 PM

Sky high interest rates, global credit freeze and run on the dollar . . .

You built that!

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Oct-15-13 9:34 PM

Why Whistler, they only double talk like Obama does. Why should I listen to Legend? My first house, was 10 1/2 %, There was a Democrat in Office, at least in North Dakota, was in "75". I am going to listen to Dave Ramsey, who calmly puts it out for people that want to hear it. I see their name, don't read their post's.

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Oct-15-13 9:35 PM

The average murk an sheep will once again be fleeced, completely shorn and wall street will do the fleecing and congress will make sure the sheep are sheared.

Groundhog day for the gov shutdown. Obombacare will be a jackboot on your throat forever, it is more Orwellian than Orwellian.

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Oct-15-13 9:36 PM

Thank You, Obama. You bring us together, you promised.

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Oct-15-13 10:12 PM

Yeah, 3 out of 4 Americans have been brought together against you. And, it has nothing to do with "Obama."

You built that.

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Oct-16-13 7:53 AM

No -- actually it's the Wall St. Journal reporting that 78% of the country is "disgusted" with you Republican terrorists.

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Oct-16-13 2:18 PM

Beats me, but they've got it all wrong. Congress and the president are non-essential, but for some reason, they continue to show up and get paid.

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Oct-16-13 2:19 PM

And keep in mind, one man's "terrorist" is another man's "freedom fighter".

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Oct-16-13 5:28 PM

This is one fact that Dems/libs fail to remember...

They were part and parcel of the gov't shutdown, as in implementing it fully and in the nastiest ways possible (vet memorials, park roads, etc).

The Democrat party of NO said NO repeatedly, loudly and belligerently. Sen. Harry Reid talks for the entire Senate, does he? Apparently he does. He kept saying "there's no way" to any other way but his and the president's way.

Sen. Harry Reid is a one-way street to a debt with NO ceiling.

(Vim/vigor in post courtesy of locomotive only)

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Oct-16-13 5:32 PM

I think it's high time that people start defining Democrats just as they are...

The Party of NO WAY ON THIS EARTH will we negotiate, compromise, work on the deficit and/or debt, disrupt Obamacare in spite of its unpopularity, think about the little guy, etc.

Not any more. These are NOT your parents' Democrats...

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Oct-16-13 10:30 PM

Loco, that is what you say to domestic terrorists and blackmailers. No, No, and No. You don't negotiate with terrorist. You really don't know what you are talking about. The Republicans got the budget they had been screaming about for years but because of stupidity and hatred, they have lost the people. The other hate bloggers BDGI, dusty, animal, whistler, are spouting material that the national conservative commentators and media people are not even spouting. Talk about out of step with your own conservative are.

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Oct-17-13 4:40 PM

centerish, I know you meant something for me in your rant, but I really can't figure out what it is...

Sympathy? Empathy? Warnings?

Hmmm....No, just the same old partisan talking points.

AS IF there were no Democrats and no Democrat president that fully "participated" in the shutdown. "Closed" signs made up ahead of time? Personnel on duty to keep people out of national parks & memorials? Denying benefits to grieving military families? All on purpose and done for effect? Appears so.

It's obvious that it takes two parties to do the DC tango, and I can see who does NOT care about little guys in America.

Sen. Harry Reid's party, the party of NO, doesn't care about little guys.

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Oct-17-13 4:48 PM

The newest feel-good Democrat talking point and no, you didn't hear it here first...

"We don't negotiate with terrorists."

The first three words were sufficient for the party of NO, the Democrats...

"We don't negotiate."

Unfortunately for the administration apologists, there is now another deadline: Dec. 13th.

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