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    Senior Member Stan's Avatar
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    Why is the American government so broke its about to stop?

    Not sure how that comes to pass, that a government can be "broke" an cease to function?

    What would happen to the U.S.?


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    From a BBC article

    "Constant-shutdown, permanent-emergency governance is so destructive that no other serious country engages in or could tolerate it," James Fallows writes in the Atlantic. "The United States can afford it only because we are - still - so rich, with so much margin for waste and error."

    They ain't broke, but their political system is showing some strain.

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    Playground politics - the Constitution has some bollocks about Gov't spending only being able to continue once the annual budget is agreed & signed off by Congress. This was, according to a chap on the radio, designed to ensure that the budget was always agreed on time however, the Republicans have refused to play ball as a direct objection the proposed healthcare changes.

    Tossers.

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    Ah. So they can't spend any budget hence.....

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    It's a good way of saving money mind, there's a shit-load of public sector workers currently on enforced, unpaid leave.

    Wonder if Dave or George have spotted this.....

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    do not give them ideas!

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    I hope this shutdown remains for a very short period of time. It really has affected the economy.

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    Senior Member Nobby's Avatar
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    Look around There's doctors down on Wall Street
    Sharpenin' their scalpels and tryin' to cut a deal
    Meanwhile, back at the hospital
    We got accountants playin' God and countin' out the pills
    Yeah, I know, that sucks – that your HMO
    Ain't doin' what you thought it would do
    But everybody's gotta die sometime and we can't save everybody
    It's the best that we can do
    (Just to help the poor old giffer out)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby View Post
    (Just to help the poor old giffer out)
    Er?????? Wotchootalkinabout, foo'?

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    Nothing to see here..."

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    One day he's going to make a mistake and type the contents of his iPod into his medical notes.

    Itll be the first time a relatively unknown indie band from the north have appeared to cure a sexually related disease.

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