Professor Tells Students Government Shutdown Is Republicans’ Fault

by Jennifer Kabbany - Associate Editor on October 7, 2013

A professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse recently told her students that Republicans and the Tea Party were to blame for the ongoing government shutdown and the reason they can’t finish their homework assignment.

Assistant Professor Rachel Slocum, in an email last week to students in her geography class, wrote that “some of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete until the Republican/tea party controlled House of Representatives agrees to fund the government.”

“The Census website, for instance, is closed,” Slocum continued. “Please do what you can on the assignment. Those parts you are unable to do because of the shutdown will have to wait until Congress decides we actually need a government. Please listen to the news and be prepared to turn in the assignment quickly once our nation re-opens.”

One student in the class who provided a screenshot of the email to The College Fix and asked to remain unnamed called the note inappropriate.

“My professor, Rachel Slocum, sent out an e-mail to everyone in the class notifying us that we would be unable to complete an assignment using the government Census site due to the government shutdown,” the student told The Fix. “However, she blamed the Tea Party and House Republicans for the shutdown in the e-mail. Keep in mind, it’s a 100-level class so most of the students are impressionable freshman and many haven’t fully formed their political views yet, so even something like that could easily sway them into thinking it’s all the Republicans’ fault.”

“As a student, it was frustrating to see that kind of political bias against the Tea Party and House Republicans– it’s unnecessary. All I needed to know was that we had more time to complete the assignment because of the shutdown.”

The College Fix emailed Dr. Slocum for comment. She replied, but asked that her response not be republished.

The student in Slocum’s class provided a copy of a second email sent by Slocum after being contacted by The College Fix:

hi everyone,

The email I sent you all about the government shut down was not meant to be partisan, but it may have come across that way. The following is a more thorough, less annoyed version of shutdown events.

It’s part of the democratic process for Congress to be able to shut down the government by not raising the debt ceiling or allowing the passage of a temporary budget (continuing resolution) that keeps the government open. Typically, Congress easily passes legislation to allow the government to borrow and to keep it running until an actual budget is hammered out. Today the reason the government has shutdown is because Republicans want Democrats to agree to signficant changes to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They have control of the House.  Democrats argue that the ACA just went into effect on October 1st so we haven’t yet seen what needs to be changed. They won’t agree to these big changes (like delaying the ACA for a year or stripping it of funding) nor will the president. Consequently, the Senate rejected the House bill, there was no Continuing Resolution, and the government was forced to close. Incidentally, within the Republican party, there was disagreement over whether to shut down the government. McCain for instance was opposed along with other Senate Republicans. It’s important to recognize that within the Republican party there is disagreement over how to govern. Many are not happy with this all or nothing style that people on the far right (who refer to themselves as the Tea Party) are advocating. This is, in essence, the argument made by conservative columnist David Brooks.

It is true that I am dismayed that you cannot easily do the assignment. My opinion is that this shutdown is a bad idea.

If you want to discuss all of this, let me know and I can make an internal (D2L) discussion board about it. But please don’t forward my emails to conservative blogs or list servs and I will make sure my emails explain things fully.

Here’s hoping you can get to the assignment this week.

Rachel

It’s unclear whether this email was less biased against Republicans than her first one. Some could easily argue it’s far worse.

The student in her class is not a fan of the email thread.

“I just don’t think there’s any excuse to insert bias into your classroom,” the student told The Fix. “It can really shape people’s political opinions and influence how students view current events. Professors are supposed to encourage students to think for themselves and be open-minded, not be blatantly political.”

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  • akchick

    This teacher is a disgrace! So typical of women professors, chip on their shoulders, bitter, annoyed when people don’t see the world as they do, simple minded, absolutely no diversity of thought.

    • R M-S

      Do you have diversity of thought?

      “Women professors” eh? Then again, one doesn’t expect much from AK.

    • rosie

      I don’t think it has anything to do with being a women. There are a lot of men out there equally ignorant and extreme liberals that only see things one way and one way only. The government would have probably not shut down had the so call President of the United States would have sat down and negotiated with both parties. Instead he rather go on a political campaign to divide our country even further. He has the time to meet and talk with our enemies ie IRAN and RUSSIA but not with his own country. The shut down is all Democrats and Republicans fault for not being able to put their differences apart and think our County.

      • Renellin

        But when one side is willing to talk and continues to come up with and offer solutions, and the other side refuses to even look at them and says give me what I want or I’m not playing at all, how can you really blame both sides equally?

        • HarrisRanch

          Oh, you mean like in 2009 when the Democrat controlled House refused to listen to and/or accept ANY Republican input on this disaster of a national health law? Or perhaps you mean when the Democrat controlled Senate refused to accept any Republican input on their equally disastrous part in this the terrible national health law? Or wait, maybe you mean one side should be willing to accept some change in how our federal government continues to balloon and bloat on a diet of out-of-control federal spending, even though every single rational thinking human being (that can do simple math) realizes our country is headed toward a complete financial meltdown? If so, then yes, one side should probably belly up to the negotiation table once in a while.

          • Renellin

            I remember well the statement “The Republicans can come along; they’ll just have to sit in the back of the bus.” I’m just questioning Rosie’s assertion that dims and pubs should just put their differences aside as if they’re equally at fault.

      • speedofsound

        Of course it does. Look up her website and C.V. She’s a feminist and everything she teaches has a gender twist. She’s 100% B.S..

      • Kim

        YES! It’s not just women. Look at Harry Reid, Obama, etc.

    • Justin

      I see what akchick is saying. I don’t think akchick means to be sexist. Many, but not all, women professors tend to sway towards liberal politics. And from my experience, many seem like they are out to prove something. Fortunately, not all women professors are the same. I had some really great women professors during my years in college, with all due respect.

    • Renellin

      I’ve certainly had my share of liberal jerk male professors. In fact, it’s hard to look around in a college setting and not see metrosexuals everywhere. Most college professors are thinking about their next paychecks and their contracts.

    • NDMA

      I think you just described yourself, without the disciple or knowledge of being a professor :)

    • HiFi

      Misogyny alert.

  • garyp

    The teacher is doing a disservice even to the school. Someone should remind the students that the very same info on the census website can be found at the library.

    • R M-S

      That’s actually not true—have you looked at the vast array of data available on the Census website (when the gov’t is open)?

  • Bibblyy

    Umm….this happen hundreds of times a day….only sometimes not so blatantly and in writing. Liberalism is a disease and these college teachers are the vectors….

    • rushthis

      When everybody does it everyday, it must be right and the Tea Part/GOP IS Responsible for this shutdown.

      • paco29715

        Should pass a CR that gives the liberals EVERYTHING they want except takes away anyone’s excemption from the law or that provides subsidies outside the way the law was written. It’s just fine for liberals to argue that the Republicans shouldn’t mess with the ACA because it just got passed… do they want to talk about how many times it’s been messed with by the left in the 3 years since it’s signing? No way. Tha’s off limits. If it’s so great, why are they exempting themselves from it? Explain that without calling me a racist and I’ll listen.

        • Al

          And Paco is right. If the ACA is so incredible, why has the Congress exempted itself from its regulations? Why do they expect the rest of the United States to obey it when they clearly do not want to?

          Ensuring that you do not need to follow a law by making your way around it, be it in a fashion as blatant as this or no is certainly no way to convince people it’s a good law.

          • Renellin

            Especially when their justification was that they need to be able to attract ‘good’ people. As if the rest of the country is chopped liver.

          • stevor

            Not related to this article but to Common Dreams. I was banned from there. IQ-challenged “cunudiun” got mad when he couldn’t meet me intellectually, warned he’d “report” all my comments, and those in charge were commie enough to do it, not wanting an alternate opinion. Since I don’t see your name there, were you banned, too?

          • cunudiun

            You got banned because you called people “commies”.

          • stevor

            wow, you really are a TROLL! (so calling me “moron” is worse than me calling you “commie” is worse. Yeah, back at you)

      • clayton white

        You are a damn dumb as she is.

      • Renellin

        People shoot each other every day in Chicago, that must be right since they do it every day. Gosh. You really can’t even process a thought, can you?

        • Cyberguy64

          Preeeeety sure they were being sarcastic.

          • Renellin

            Take a look at the rest of his comments. I doubt it.

      • HarrisRanch

        Please elaborate…how exactly is the GOP (or the “TEA party”) responsible for this government shutdown? You do understand how government spending and appropriations work, yes? I wonder why we do not hear about why the Congress has failed to produce and pass a BUDGET (as is required by the U.S. Constitution) for over 5 years…hmmmm? No this problem goes far beyond anything the GOP or any TEA party/Conservative Republican action. The “Dick-tater” in Chief wants everything HIS way, every day, all the time. The chuck-wad majority leader (sorry I cant’ use his name without spewing profanities) thinks HE owns this country and We the People are just his personal *ss wipes.

  • nacho

    Good I know which college not to spend money at now! Thanks DIKE!

    • R M-S

      You misspelt your homophobic slur.

      • chicagorefugee

        Thank goodness Daniel Bath spelled his homophobic slur correctly!

  • Navvet

    Slap her!!!

    • Justin

      We don’t hit girls. She should just be fired. As a teacher, you are taught to teach in your classroom in an unbiased way. Unfortunately, college professors aren’t teachers. The don’t have to take any kind of classes on HOW to teach. Only a teacher (grades K-12) are certified to TEACH. They do take classes on teaching, they are observed by a supervisor many times before they become certified, they are taught not to interject their opinions into their classroom, and they have a degree specifically in teaching.

      • HiFi

        Really, you want to fire someone for what is really a totally mild email? Yes, it was impolitic. Yes, it blames a particular political party for the shutdown. It is also a view that is completely within the political mainstream, and it was expressed in that way. This is just the outrage machine at work here.

  • db41756

    she needs to pull her head out obamas@@@@@

    • NDMA

      Maybe you need to get yours outa Bush’s/Kochs’ crotch?

  • japlowman
    • rushthis

      …and here comes the right wing hate mail…because hate is what you folks do best.

      • clayton white

        She deserves everything that comes her way. Maybe she will learn to keep her liberal mouth shut and just teach not brainwash. Yank her tenure or don’t give her any.

      • Justin

        Wasn’t she basically spreading her hate for the Republican party as well?

      • Renellin

        Oh my no. The right just can’t compete with the left for hate, partly because we don’t see the need for it and partly because we just never take it as far as the left will. Nobody ever had to pass a no poop-throwing law because the right was in town. Catching my drift? You don’t see the righties smashing bank windows and throwing bricks and ripping people out of their cars in front of their families. You don’t see righties dressing up in devil costumes and storming churches or carrying torches and hanging people of color.
        Why don’t you see all these things? Perhaps we just don’t hate as well as the left. Or perhaps it’s because we are too busy working and supporting our families.

  • George

    Fire The obamabot, Shes a ignorant hate monger

    If you can’t accept the shutdown is all obama, why support him?

    The liberal insurrection must be stopped

  • Daniel Bath

    So the teabag party forces this, a professor brings it up and acknolwleges it, and a bunch of whiners want to cry foul for someone pointing out reality? this is whats wrong, people with a warped vision of reality cant accept that the teabaggers called for and receive this.

    • Just

      You have to be kidding me? Yes, they called for it, but the Democratic Party left themselves open to it. How can you justify all of this spending? Obama is out of control. I agree with everyone needing to have health care, but the way that he is doing it, and the timing, is terrible. You have to be responsible. This guy will leave a mess when he leaves the White House, and all he will keep doing is blaming everyone else. His lack of experience shows each day that he is in office. Well guess what, THE BUCK STOPS HERE! Try being presidential and LEAD! That means compromising. I hate to say this, especially since I have been a Democrat my whole life, but the Democrats simply don’t want to sit down and discuss anything. They just want everything their way, and that is it. And the use the bias media, as well as Hollywood to help spread their agenda. By the way, that health care bill was passed by them forcing it down our throats. There were no negotiations. They passed it while they still had control of the House. They didn’t care how badly it was constructed. What a great time to ram a very costly bill down our throats without working out the major kinks. Why didn’t Obama just balancing the budget first? Why didn’t he really fix the borders as well? This last one is the most important if you are going to continue on giving entitlement programs out constantly. Basically, we have way too many people immigrating legal into this country, as well as illegally. Calculations have demonstrated that there should only be about 250,000 allowed to legal immigrate into this country each year. This would give these immigrants time to assimilate respectfully to the American ways as we embrace their cultures. It will also give us time to absorb the strain that they put on the system until they can get in a position where they aren’t a strain on the country anymore. This is especially important when you have all of these entitlement programs being established. If you don’t fix the borders, legal and illegal immigration, we will be bankrupt and all of these entitlement programs will be useless because no one will have the money to pay for them. This is way no one established these programs, in the way Obama and the Democrats are currently doing it, in the past.

      • Justin

        This is why no one established these programs in the way that Obama and the Democrats are currently doing it, in the past.

      • DISQUS

        finally a democrat with common sense!

    • Renellin

      There’s only one bunch working in Washington right now. There’s the Congress, which produces bill after bill after bill to try and alleviate the difficulties. There’s the Senate led by Harry Reid which refuses to even consider any bill except exactly 100% what they want. No negotiation, no piece meal alleviation of pain. Then there’s the executive branch, who steadfastly refuses to negotiate unless he can get exactly what he wants. Everybody in Washington refuses to work or consider a comprimise, and the President is actually shutting down stuff to ensure Americans personally feel pain even if it costs more to hurt them than it would to just leave it alone. The president has shut people out of their homes, put up barriers on unmanned bits of public property, forcing government employees to work without pay, but you know what? His golf course is open and running.

      But no. It’s got to be republicans who are at fault. I’m sorry to have to say this, but you are stupid.

      • Justin

        ignorant would be a better choice of words, but I do agree with what you are saying overall.

        • Renellin

          I don’t think ignorant quite gets there. Ignorant means you just don’t know any better. It takes a stupid person to spout trash talk when they are ignorant or dismissive of the facts. But I get the decorum.

  • Nullifidian

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    • chicagorefugee

      Yes, because we all know that when two parties fail to agree the fault inevitably rests solely and completely with only one of them. Common knowledge, that! *headdesk*

    • Renellin

      The fact that you obviously cannot tell the difference between fact and opinion says it all.

  • rushthis

    Well, Duh! Everyone knows the GOP, lead by the Tea Party, is responsible for this shutdown. No reasonable adult could say otherwise.

    • Renellin

      Yeah that is the dead Tea Party that no longer wields any influence any where.

      • NDMA

        I wish that were true, but they have too much money to not have any influence. The simple minded put too much value in money, hence money has real power… :( It’s okay, the rest of the world doesn’t want the largest militarized terrorist force in the world to really start killing with full funding again, do they?

        • Renellin

          Sorry, I am a tea partier. I’m not violent or anti government. I just want Obama to stop spending like there’s no tomorrow, and I don’t like that health care bill, and I don’t think it was put in place to accomplish anything more than to increase power to the federal government. I would like to keep the pension that I have spent much of my life building. I don’t even break laws–I even drive the speed limit.

          I find it both sad and amusing that the government spends half its time calling me a terrorist and the other half feeding the media that the tea party is dead. To know that my president sees me as an enemy is at least a bit disturbing.

    • NDMA

      Bottom Line: The Tea Party is a radical front for the GOP. They market themselves as two political parties, but they’re bought off by the same parties…

      • Renellin

        The Tea Party is neither radical nor a front. There’s nothing radical about wanting to reign in spending. You have been brainwashed by the media. Just because Chris Matthews (and the president) repeats it every day doesn’t make it true. The Tea Party only cares about the GOP as long as they help to curtail spending. If they don’t the Tea Party has no use for them either.

  • WorkerBee

    This is why this country is in the shape it is in….She must be a graduate of the Harry Reid University of Socialism….thank God for The Tea Party and the GOP..

    • NDMA

      “thank God for The Tea Party and the GOP” IS why this country is in the shape it is in…

      LoL Didn’t even have to use new words, you’ve got the right idea, just wrong order ;) Until you prove to me otherwise, God doesn’t exist: only animal/human desire and ability, because I’m not dumb enough to think that praying is going to save our oceans from being polluted: and neither would the Tea Party or the GOP free markets: which would happily turn every American city into Detroit (which was Republican run btw!! Your most industrious manufacturing hub now a wasteland, enjoy your futures!).

      PS. The college students coming out of American Universities, to them I say: Good Luck, you’ll need it ;)

  • Roy

    Any reasonable analyst, read Republican David Brooks, would conclude from the facts that Republicans are responsible for the government shutdown.

    • Renellin

      David Brooks is about as reasonable an analyst as my grandmother’s big red toe.

  • TJKIII

    Another example of an out of touch TENURED professors expounding on her political view of the world. Stick with Geography, because you don’t know a damn thing about politics!

    • HiFi

      She isn’t tenured.

  • Stacy Scruggs

    I deal with type of bias daily at the university that I currently attend. Every time a bias comment is made I verbally dispute it in class. I am an adult student in a class of traditional students and I feel it is my obligation to point out the discrepancies.

    • Renellin

      You must be prepared to pay for your opinions, but, good for you. I am pretty much a professional student, and overall, I haven’t seen a lot of bias in class. I have had a few teachers, one told us what a monster Bush was and made jokes about him all the time (a Spanish teacher), another who made completely inappropriate political comments in a criminal justice class (he had a government job as well), others who one could see were consciously withholding their opinions in an attempt to be professional. Outside of class, however these people are activists.

  • Al

    This college professor is a hypocrite, and a majority of the Liberals who are supporting her here are not very polite. You begin name-calling, and accusing Republicans (and Conservatives in general) of racism and other inappropriate behavior.

    From what I’ve seen, Liberals don’t like facts, or reality. I’m not saying Conservatives have any more of a place being insulting, mind you… but this Professor’s behavior was totally inappropriate, and saying what she said in that e-mail was non-partisan when it is blatantly clear where her political beliefs lie is disgusting and inappropriate.

    • kdofusa

      That’s because they have no argument and so the only thing they can do is scream racism or any other name they can think of.

  • clayton white

    Another liberal professor trying to brain wash her students. Time to fire start firing these people and cancelling tenure and dumping the unions. I have had enough of this crap. Dump here.

  • Renellin

    This is another liberal professor who is unable to think critically. I am not sure if she even knows what bias is. How these people get master’s degrees is beyond me, but in this country we are certainly putting more weight behind our educational process than it deserves.

  • KSB

    So… it would be okay to send it to liberal blogs?

  • Richard

    Good grief, how did this wind up on Foxnews’ front page?! Is a class email from an assistant professor to a freshmen course REALLY national news? So stupid.

  • matt102678

    I guess this professor once again was asleep at the wheel when the Senate led by Harry Reid did not perform their constitutional duty and pass a budget back in May. In fact the Democratic Majority led Senate has not passed a budget during the entire time Obama has been President. The professor fails to recognize that if Reid and her other progressive liberal friends had done their job there would be no need to fund the government through CR’s and her biased e-mail would have been unnecessary.

    • Renellin

      In fact, by not passing a budget, they think they can still blame George Bush for everything since the last budget signed was by him. However, he did not sign the final budget that was offered him, so all the spending has been by Obama.

  • bgdmswede

    As a geography specialist, she should know of numerous communist dictatorships throughout the world where I am sure she and her ilk would be much happier. Like to contact her directly? rslocum[at]uwlax.edu

    • HiFi

      The political view she expressed is completely mainstream, if the polls are any guide. In any event, she was far from calling for a communist dictatorship.

  • sgfan

    She should be removed from the classroom for her biases. It’s really the fault of the Democrat Harry Reid and Barack Obama who REFUSE to negotiate anything. They won’t even talk! They want to blame and they’re demagogues who want their way or the highway. They are doing great damage to the nation by forcing Obamacare onto people. By the way, did Harry Reid’s state, Nevada, just get an Obamacare exemption? What hypocricy if true. The guy who’s defending Obamacare now wants his state exempt from it.

  • kdofusa

    She forgot to mention the exemptions Obama unilaterally made, that makes it partisan politics.

  • Fchaupin

    tell her what you think rslocum[at]uwlax.edu

    • HiFi

      Don’t you have anything better to do than harassing some college professor?

      • Renellin

        Some hack pretending to teach? Yeah, we should let her know she is wrong wrong wrong. She is entitled to her opinion not to force it on a captive audience.

  • alwaystruth

    The majority of professors are democrats and liberals. They are doing what they always do use their position to influence their students. Brainwash is a better description of what they do.

    • NDMA

      Brainwash? Hmm… did the professor say a lie? Keep your pie hole shut until you know ;) Brainwashing with the truth is called “informing”! If don’t like the truth, CHANGE IT (not lie about it): OTHERWISE, SHUT UP.

      • Renellin

        What truth did she impart?

  • NDMA

    But isn’t the shutdown the Tea Party and Republican party’s fault? I sincerely believe so… Is this article bashing someone for telling the truth? Shame on you… The ‘particularly evil/selfish/profiteering’ politicians are doing whatever they can to make the issues look muddy: you’re not helping. Your country is in the position it’s in because that is exactly what you do: bash anything that doesn’t support the policies you feel would make you a more effective capitalist: CAPITALISM IS THE PROBLEM, but I really don’t exactly anybody in here to be intelligent enough to understand that statement…

    The greatest trick your government ever pulled on you is to make you not care about your neighbor… Because that way, when they pillage the fruits of your neighbors labour, you won’t say anything… And then when they come rob you, nobody cares…

    Let me guess, are you calling this a government “simdown” too? LoL…

    • Renellin

      You are partly correct. Our government has been out of control and we have been under foreign hostile influence for decades. Those running our government vote themselves more and more power and the casualties are the American people. Too late we awakened to this. You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Tea Party. We’re not some huge organization being run by various leaders hired to lobby. We’re a hundred thousand small groups of people acting in their own community. We are simply the people, a very large group of people that wish to put a stop to the government completely taking over our lives.
      You describe obamacare very well–systematically taking away services, rights, and privileges just so that they can sell you something much more expensive that serves their purposes. I can’t understand why left and right together aren’t standing up and screaming about all the privacy infractions this government has been operating and further wrote into this awful bill, so that all your medical information is online and available to government agencies just for the asking. No longer is there any doctor patient privacy. Does that not bother you? I would rather the government stay shut down forever than have one more inch of this law put into place.

    • socaball

      Go to this link and read some of the info maybe you won’t be as ignorant as you sound.

      http://www.newsmagazinenetwork.com/2013100940991/thomas-sowell-who-shut-down-the-government/

      • NDMA

        You’re an idiot too… Did you research that website? Did you study the other articles on there? I am betting its funded/endorsed/influenced by a Republican bought-off think tank… clowns, not intelligent enough to do anything but regurgitate what they get spoon fed: not intelligent enough to study the sources! Which is why your people, government AND country are in the shape they’re in… Or are you going to tell me you have the most effective government in the world? LoL at what? killing innocent women and children?

  • alwaystruth

    The Grand Canyon National Park is closed. How does one shut down a giant canyon? Apparently with gates and barricades similar to those veterans crossed to see their monuments.

    Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., refused to allow the federal government to close state parks in Wisconsin, since the state had the authority to operate the parks and provided most of the funding for them.

    Mount Rushmore is also closed. Cones have been placed along the highway to keep tourists from pulling over and snapping pictures of the monument. Because it’s apparently cheaper to pay people to set up cones than it is to … not do that.

    Across the country, in D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is closed. Note that this monument was not closed during the 1995-96 government shutdowns. Barricades were also set up outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

    The National Parks Service attempted to shut down Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. Problem is, the site is privately owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Also, NPS tried to shut down the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which hasn’t received federal funding since 1980. Oops!

    The NPS is on a roll, actually, when it comes to closing down privately owned businesses.

    • Renellin

      The word went out to inflict maximum pain wherever possible. That’s our government.

  • Businessman

    Face the facts! The Tea Party is the cause and they only scream because the entirety of its members lack a basic understanding of the world because they take economics lessons from Rand Paul and Rush Lamebaugh and Sarah ” I Quit” Palin. They get what they deserve but unfortunately so does the rest of the world.

    • Renellin

      Oh no. Thanks to your beloved Obummer, they get even more–Obama’s keeping people out of their homes, putting up barricades in places they simply don’t need to be shutting down businesses that cost the government nothing. Obama hates the American people for hating his bill.

  • rudolph

    Who are all you wackjobs… How many of our people have this ideological sickness…
    The government is shut down because Republican Party leadership wants partisan concessions to do its job, and the Democratic Party leadership states that concessions for undertaking this routine vote would establish dangerous precedent.

    Boehner went all in with this gambit, and it’s hard to imagine what he was thinking would be the outcome, when he tried to strangle the ACA while the Democrats own the Senate and Presidency, The President doesn’t want to bail him out because he fears the effects of the precedent. That’s where we are.

    • NDMA

      It’s like giving in to terrorists and our blackmailers with unreasonable demands… Anybody could give in, but that just lets all the evil people know who the easy mark is :( Takes someone with a real backbone to refuse to give in: wouldn’t expect the average American to understand.

      • Renellin

        Poll after poll after poll has shown the American people by a majority do not want that bill to take effect. I don’t see anything unreasonable about it at all.

        • NDMA

          I don’t think you understand yet: The American people are STUPID. THEY ARE ENGINEERED THAT WAY. Your government has allowed special interests to tailor your educational and economic programs so well that in your country: BEFORE ANYBODY CAN BECOME “EDUCATED”, THEY JUST BE ENSLAVED TO DEBT just to negate any moral/ethical conscience they had, PERIOD. Your bankers illegally foreclose on homes just so they can earn enough commissions from their bosses by showing them the stelar performance of kicking people out of their homes, illegally if need be to keep the foreclosure numbers up… I am sure that same banker was a good person, but with their debt burden: they have no choice but to knife their neighbour for a buck! Enjoy your credit cards you morons!

          Why were you engineered stupid? How else are you supposed to get a population to vote and die for invading other nations to steal their stuff? How else are you supposed to make people believe it is anything other than that! By making them as stupid as the American people!

          • Renellin

            Ahh. I see. And those of us who recognized the attempt at indoctrination? Those of us who got an education without going into debt? Those of us who own our homes without a mortgage?
            So America has done no good in the world. We are just imperialists stealing throughout the world? We invade but we don’t support, we build nothing, we don’t pay for what we take, we offer no aid, there are no American missionaries, and if there were, they were really just spies or thieves or the like?
            And your country is what? All of your people are smart and sweet?

          • NDMA

            Canada… and yeah, they’re smarter and sweeter… Might be why our standard of living is higher than yours. It’s not that America hasn’t done all those things, it’s just that when they built those infrastructures abroad they built them entirely self-serving for the long-term…

            America has been teetering on good and evil (willfully so to confuse the issues) to further it’s own long-term benefit since the beginning… Capitalism does that, plus: when your priests rape too many little boys in North America, they need to send them somewhere right? Is that doing the destination country a favor? Well, no more cases of sexual abuse because the police abroad can too easily be made to look the other way.

            For every mediocre do-gooder, there are a dozen exceptional American capitalists… It’s like saying Monsanto is helping India by taking over the country’s seed supply and forcing farmers to buy genetically modified seeds for 4x the price because Monsanto seeds have destroyed/mutated all indigenous crops KNOWINGLY: are they doing the country a favor when famers are drinking pesticide just to commit suicide from depression? They’re not helping the food shortage problem and the American dollar and stock markets have allowed Monsanto to buy all the seed banks in the country: progress or GREED?

            Don’t talk about your “aid”, most of the readers of this thread are not intelligent enough to comprehend how self-serving those aid packages are… Study Egypt’s aid from America for an example! How they are ripping away raw materials from developing nations at slave wages through currency manipulation and empowering dictators. There really is no such thing as free money, especially from an American!

            And this is why the terrorist will be stopped! It’s not up to you anymore, just like how it wasn’t up to Germany after a point… And the funny thing is: America thinks the rest of the world is powerless to do anything about them: didn’t Hitler think that?

    • Renellin

      You are terribly far off the mark. This is how Congress works. The house passes bills, sends them to the Senate. Partisan Harry Reid sits on them, and sits on them, and sits on them. Finally we get to a crisis where something has got to give. The house has passed a thousand measures, yet both dingy harry and the president steadfastly refuse to even talk about it. How you can then point the finger and say the house is at fault is simply a measure of how much koolaid you drink.

  • OldOllie

    “But please don’t forward my emails to conservative blogs or list servs and I will make sure my emails explain things fully.’

    I have a better idea. Just don’t send out partisan, left-wing emails that you wouldn’t want to to forwarded to conservative blogs.

  • gregp2318

    sounds like the professor is a dumbazz

  • Bethany

    Good for her! I’m impressed by something so intelligent coming from Scott Walker Land.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sstephaniew stephanie wilson

    dumb ass professor. its the demo rats who did it!

  • socaball

    Maybe Mrs Slocum should read this link

    http://www.newsmagazinenetwork.com/2013100940991/thomas-sowell-who-shut-down-the-government/

    Maybe she won’t be as ignorant or dumb if she reads a bit. How sad that we have teachers that don’t know what the hell is going on.

  • 2jm1

    HarrisRanch I Read your comment, you stated; “oh, you mean like in 2009 when the Democrat controlled
    House refused to listen to and/or accept ANY Republican input on the terrible
    national health law?”
    Here are some FACTS: On February 24, 2009 — In a joint session to Congress, President
    Obama stated Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not
    wait another year. March 5, 2009 — The Obama White House holds its first health
    care summit. April 21, 2009 — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
    (Democrat) and Ranking Member Chuck
    Grassley (Republican) held the first
    of three roundtables of health policy with industry experts to discuss
    the development of health care legislation. July 15, 2009 — The
    Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passes The Affordable
    Health Choices Act. The bipartisan
    bill includes more than 160 REPUBLICAN ACCEPTED amendments during
    the month-long mark-up, one of the longest in congressional history. NO REPUBLICAN INPUT? Give me a break plus
    your Republican majority Supreme Court upheld the law.

    You also
    stated: “wait, maybe you mean one side should be willing to accept some change
    in how our federal government continues to balloon and bloat on a diet of
    out-of-control federal spending, even though every single rational thinking human
    being (that can do simple math) realizes our country is headed toward a
    complete financial meltdown?”

    YES, the Republican Congress should cut
    the budget by holding corporations accountable for not paying taxes instead of
    penalizing low income Americans and their children by denying health care for
    all.

    FACT: The GAO conducted at the request of Sens.
    Levin and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), comes at a time when U.S. companies are
    complaining that their tax rate is among the highest in the world and should be
    cut to help them stay competitive. The
    GAO found U.S. Companies Pay Just One-Third of the Legal Tax Rate: Companies
    have lots of legal loopholes that help them avoid paying taxes, including the
    ability to stash foreign profits offshore indefinitely. A recent study by the
    reform-advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice found that at least 18 big U.S.
    companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Nike, are avoiding paying a combined
    $92 billion in taxes by using offshore tax shelters. When some U.S.
    corporations use unjustifiable loopholes and offshore gimmicks to avoid paying
    Uncle Sam, their tax burden is shifted onto hardworking American families and
    small business. Another recent GAO report found that corporate tax avoidance
    might cost the U.S. government $180 billion per year.

    YES, the Republican
    Congress that is bought and paid for by Corporations did cause the shut-down
    which cost the American tax payer over 24 billion dollars. Let’s see 180
    billion plus 24 billion, OH BUT, shame on a teacher for giving HER students the
    facts. Quit getting all your information
    from the Anti-American treasonous conservative news (FOX, RUSH ETC.) and find a
    hard working underpaid teacher to give you some facts. And yes, try supporting your President, you
    can do it, just pretend he is white.

  • 2jm1

    Read your
    comment, you stated; “oh, you mean like in 2009 when the Democrat controlled
    House refused to listen to and/or accept ANY Republican input on the terrible
    national health law?”

    Here are
    some FACTS: On February 24, 2009 — In a joint session to Congress, President
    Obama stated Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not
    wait another year. March 5, 2009 — The Obama White House holds its first health
    care summit. April 21, 2009 — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
    (Democrat) and Ranking Member Chuck
    Grassley (Republican) held the first
    of three roundtables of health policy with industry experts to discuss
    the development of health care legislation. July 15, 2009 — The
    Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passes The Affordable
    Health Choices Act. The bipartisan
    bill includes more than 160 REPUBLICAN ACCEPTED amendments during
    the month-long mark-up, one of the longest in congressional history. NO REPUBLICAN INPUT? Give me a break plus
    your Republican majority Supreme Court upheld the law.

    You also
    stated: “wait, maybe you mean one side should be willing to accept some change
    in how our federal government continues to balloon and bloat on a diet of
    out-of-control federal spending, even though every single rational thinking
    human being (that can do simple math) realizes our country is headed toward a
    complete financial meltdown?”

    YES, the Republican Congress should cut
    the budget by holding corporations accountable for not paying taxes instead of
    penalizing low income Americans and their children by denying health care for
    all.

    FACT: The GAO conducted at the request of Sens.
    Levin and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), comes at a time when U.S. companies are
    complaining that their tax rate is among the highest in the world and should be
    cut to help them stay competitive. The
    GAO found U.S. Companies Pay Just One-Third of the Legal Tax Rate: Companies
    have lots of legal loopholes that help them avoid paying taxes, including the
    ability to stash foreign profits offshore indefinitely. A recent study by the
    reform-advocacy group Citizens for Tax Justice found that at least 18 big U.S.
    companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Nike, are avoiding paying a combined
    $92 billion in taxes by using offshore tax shelters. When some U.S.
    corporations use unjustifiable loopholes and offshore gimmicks to avoid paying
    Uncle Sam, their tax burden is shifted onto hardworking American families and
    small business. Another recent GAO report found that corporate tax avoidance might
    cost the U.S. government $180 billion per year.

    YES, the
    Republican Congress that is bought and paid for by Corporations did cause the
    shut-down which cost the American tax payer over 24 billion dollars. Let’s see
    180 billion plus 24 billion, OH BUT, shame on a teacher for giving HER students
    the facts. Quit getting all your
    information from the Anti-American treasonous conservative news (FOX, RUSH
    ETC.) and find a hard working underpaid teacher to give you some facts. And yes, try supporting your President, you
    can do it, just pretend he is white.

  • SFLBIB

    There are lots of hiking trails in my area; they are maintained by the Forest Service. Last week, an elderly woman of 80 went hiking with friends. They sat down to rest, and a dead tree fell, killing her. I am waiting for someone to blame her death on the Tea Party.

    Talk has it that due to the shutdown, the Forest Rangers covered the solar panels that provide electricity to the out-house exhaust fans, but I’m not sure I believe it.