Obama’s Speech on Shutdown

Obama Shutdown Speech“Business in this town has to change.”

Yesterday’s end to the shutdown prompted Barack Obama to make a speech about getting the U.S. fiscal house in order, blaming no one in particular, but thanking Democrats and “some” Republicans for ending the crisis.  Most polls squarely blame the Republicans for the shutdown and the likely side-effects such as a speculated 0.25% drag on forth quarter GDP.  However, according to a recent Pew Poll, the Obama administration does not escape the shutdown unscathed.  Pew compared the polling from 1995 when the stand-off between Clinton and Gingrich closed government, to current public opinion.  Clinton fared much better than Obama has, raising concerns that another shutdown might only be months away when the next round of budget negotiations are due.

Let’s hope that does not happen, but in that case it does, here are a series of articles on the historic shutdowns in U.S. history to brush up on:

On Carter, see: “The Man who Invented the Government Shutdown,” Time, October 9, 2013.

On Reagan, see: “Even Ronald Reagan Negotiated,” Pacific Standard, October 16, 2013.

On Clinton, see: Josh Hicks, “Five Differences between the 1996 and 2013 Shutdowns,” Washington Post, October 17, 2013.


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