The Shutdown Follies

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Congress works to stop a government shutdown in Washington

While President Barack Obama’s decision to physically bar those always-dangerous World War II veterans from viewing the memorial they paid for in blood has certainly reminded me of his almost pathological hubris, it has also reminded me that even Sisyphus himself would rather push his rock than try and talk sense to such a man. Sadly, Obama’s war on war heroes is hardly the lone example of the embarrassingly petty behavior Obama has displayed. From the magnificent vistas of the Grand Canyon to the National Mall, the Democrats staged this entire “shutdown” circus in an effort to distract attention from the sideshow freak that is Obamacare. Still considered the scandal-clouded Obama Administration’s crowning achievement, Obamacare — not to mention the statements Democrats continue to make in support of it — is as twisted by fraud as Bill Clinton’s next 5 a.m. “excuse.”

Rather than acknowledge the shocking cost increases, losses of coverage and even death panels that essentially define the $2 trillion behemoth, Obama and his accomplices have taken a two-pronged approach. When they’re not slandering Obamacare opponents as “terrorists” or even (my personal favorite) “Tea-hadis,” they’re pretending the debate over Obamacare’s future is somehow settled, since “it’s the law.”

Democrat rhetoric routinely descends to the sophomoric. But I can hardly expect more from a party that lionizes comedians like Bill Maher, a multimillionaire whose mommy issues could keep a whole team of psychiatrists busy until HBO’s next airing of “D.C. Cab.” Whether launching misogynist assaults on women like Sarah Palin, racist attacks on Dr. Ben Carson or the always-appropriate death threats directed at — well — nearly everyone, the left hides behind hate speech for the same reason Obama lies to his low-information base: Lying is easier, and it leaves more time for golf.

Harping on Obamacare’s legal status is fine. However, that the law passed under cover of “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” has produced precisely the opposite of its promised effects seems like a poor topic about which to gloat. “Hey, we scammed America out of $2 trillion and made a fairly clean getaway!” And I’d be remiss were I not to point out that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution has been law for more than centuries and that the Democrats have accepted that fact as well as a fat guy accepts “We’re out of cake.”

On the other side of the Democrats’ shutdown follies is the debt limit increase demanded by Obama. “(Y)ou don’t negotiate… by putting a gun to the American people’s head by threatening a shutdown.” Putting aside Obama’s gratuitous gun violence joke, if Obama really wants us to allow him to take out another mortgage on our children’s futures, he might want to try a route that he didn’t personally consider “a leadership failure” until he found out being President is, like, super hard, you guys!

Now, the shutdown has engendered discussion of negotiations. I’m curious as to why anyone want to negotiate with the Democrats. Obamacare is a $2 trillion fraud. Obama and his accomplices forced this shutdown rather than give up on an entirely unworkable con of which they personally want no part. Obama has delivered Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, National Security Agency spying, Internal Revenue Service intimidation and Obamacare.

I don’t negotiate with criminals, and I damned sure don’t want my representatives doing so on my behalf.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • independent thinker

    Wasn’t it in 2006 that Obama and possibly Reed voted AGAINST raising the debt limit.

    • Don 2

      Yeah, back in 2006, Senator Obama said that it was a lack of leadership and unpatriotic.

  • Anonymous

    Ben, I thought that the limp wristed, light in the loafers SISSYPUSS was Obama?

  • eve

    thanks ben crystal great article! i truly appreciate hearing someone finally being gut level honest about the mess obama has put our country in. i laughed for a full five minutes and i needed that! eve

  • Alex

    Poor losers! The shutdown is completely a GOP construct and polls clearly indicate that the bulk of the Amerikan populace recognize this reality. Sure, there will always be pockets of Fright Wing delusion where angry demographic slivers peddle Fear and Apoplexy rather than actual journalism. The PLD amongst them.

    Yes; you folks on the Right are the sorest of sore losers—in spite of the tsunami-level torrent of lies, exaggeration, fabrications, and red herrings, the president was reelected with ease. The Democrats also INCREASED their lead over the GOP in the Senate. Even Reince Pribus will tell you that, were it not for gerrymandered districts the GOP would have lost control of the House (they were outvoted, in aggregate, by FIVE MILLION people). Get it, yet? You are on the wrong side of History, and it will not be getting any better for you silly wisenheimers—as demonstrated time and again, your badgering has only functioned as a turn-off to the women and young voters so desperately needed by the GOP.

    So, babies that you are, you whine and want to take the ball home.

    Word of advice: I visit Reich Wing lovefests like PLD, Fox & Fiends, the Blaze, etc, to tap into the Cro-Mag mindset. If you were to do the same thing—pull your heads out of that dark warm place you seem so lost in—and sample the ideas, however repugnant you may find them to be, of those who think differently than you, you might finally be able to comprehend the fact that the vitriol coursing the quotidian, unimaginative thoughtlines of these pages is completely out of step with the Society that will be calling the shots, the Society you abhor and wish to redirect.

    And THAT is never going to happen. Leave. Take over Texass or something, and leave the Enlightened builders of the Future to reverse the ravages of hyper-Industrialization, Wage Slavery, and Materialism.

    • alex connery

      “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. . . . Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
      Sen. Barack Obama, 2006
      And Barack said that when the deficit was far less than what it is today. Partisan politics run amuck.

      Democrats act like an idiot driver who takes a broken vehicle on the road and endangers the lives of others because they are afraid of losing their job..They don’t care about the lives of others..They just want to keep their jobs because they are afraid someone else will do it and receive the benefits of being employed….That’s all..It is a joke to think about them making a stand for Americans…They are a broken record stuck perpetually in a 60’s groove that is way out of time in the 2010’s..Take the darn car of the road until it works correctly.

    • peter

      Unfortunately we the people are the losers and those in power are the winners and it matters not whether they be republican or democrat, they are all made from the same cloth. Picking sides is looking for a fight and there is no middle road here or diplomacy of any kind, just kids fighting I the school grounds, not even fully aware of what the fight is about. I guess ignorance is bliss and remains the domain of the ignorant. Someone once said ” Today I destroyed an enemy by making him my friend”. Seems we don’t have a clue how to do that.

    • Sunshine49

      I see that you go by the old saying that if you tell lies long enough people will believe them.

      The truth is that only a FEW more than half still want Obamacare and the number is changing as the “useful idiots” see the sticker price in their OWN lives. The FEW who still believe the lies are the ones who really will be getting it “free” off the backs of working Americans.

      My wish for you is that your lies come back to bite you when the Great (welfare) Society comes and takes everything you have in the name of progressive “equality”. Of course this won’t be the land of the “free” anymore when everybody is slaves to the collective, but that is the society YOU want. You apparently don’t like the freedom to make or break your OWN life so you want the rest of us to fall in line with your thinking. It’s not going to happen in spite of all the left’s brainwashing. That’s not to say that the government won’t FORCE it on the people like Lenin did in Russia. First millions died and then the rest lived in poverty for the next seventy years while a FEW held all the power and benefits. Unless you’re in a position to be one of those FEW in power — you’re barking up the wrong tree!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      But Alex, you are the one who is giving us the whining litany of the Dems/Progs/Leftists.

    • Jim B

      Alex, I’m not sure what your comments have to do with the price of eggs, but in the private sector we have a much different value system. We reject Serfdom and all its socialist bindings my tiny minded friend. But I am sorry for you, as welfare, entitlements, or your free phone have obviously altered your independence, and your own self-worth. Those of us living outside of Serfdom’s gates still believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without government shackles. These are the founding ideas of this country, these are what you have given up to become a serf.

      • Bill

        Good comment, Jim B
        It’s because we work for a living and don’t want any government help

    • Vigilant

      “…in spite of the tsunami-level torrent of lies, exaggeration, fabrications, and red herrings, the president was reelected with ease.”

      You’re 100% correct. The electorate shamelessly re-elected him in spite of, or was it because of, his “tsunami-level torrent of lies, exaggeration, fabrications, and red herrings.”

      • Wolfie

        It helps when Mickey Mouse, dead people and the family dog vote several times :P

        • Briylaln

          Also helps with electronic voting. Never had a problem with paper ballots until the lawyers got involved with Bush and Gore and trying to determine what the voter “Felt”

          • Uncle Kracker

            That ‘idiot” you referred to had better SAT scores & GPA in college that Gore the Bore & beat him like a rented mule in the 2 debates. Gore had 20 point lead before first debate & 10 point lead after it, and after 2nd debate it was all even.

            Typical LIB superficial consciousness…if a guy talks like a good ‘ol Texan, he must be a dumbass, racist misogynist neanderthal!

          • Uncle Kracker

            That ‘idiot” you referred to had better SAT scores & GPA in college that Gore the Bore & beat him like a rented mule in the 2 debates. Gore had 20 point lead before first debate & 10 point lead after it, and after 2nd debate it was all even.

            Typical LIB superficial consciousness…if a guy talks like a good ‘ol Texan, he must be a dumb, racist misogynist neanderthal!

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            You should work or Burger King…YOU ARE AN EXPERT AT THE BIG WOPPER…

          • hungry4food
        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          You forgot all the ILLEGALS

          • Bill

            Free,
            Arizona is sticking to it’s guns with their new voting laws that require a photo ID and proof of citizenship

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Good…And we all need to Support Sheriff Joe..to round up as many Illegals as possible

    • Bill

      Again, we hear from another psychopath that rants like a school child. Have you reached puberty yet, Alex?

    • Briylaln

      The bulk of Americans need everyone of them to have 1 brain.

    • Moshe McCarthy

      You mean the “Enlightened” ones who have built such glowing bastions, (especially for the youth) of freedom & health & prosperity & education in the ghetto areas of our big cities via their social engineering?

      • Bill

        Moshe,
        Just like they did in Detroit

    • J_in_TX

      Enlightened? You wouldn’t know enlightened if it ran over you in the street. Try brainwashed by the system. I think that fits you better.

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        More Like BRAIN DEAD..

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Alex….N/A

    • Bill

      Comrade Alex,
      You have been reading your communist manifesto again. Remember that historically, communism has always failed. So, it looks like you are on the wrong side of history

  • Warrior

    It just astounds me on a daily basis that there are “people” supposedly “leading” this country that I wouldn’t trust to work for me or with me. Background checks anyone? The new “progessive” slogan is “Hopeless and Deranged”. I say use the “oblamacare” funds to reopen all the closed mental facilities because they are certainly on the “loose” and in great numbers!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      THINK before you speak and the implication of ‘I say use the “oblamacare” funds to reopen all the closed mental facilities because they are certainly on the “loose” and in great numbers!’ The Dems/Progs/Leftists would have no qualms of making you the first in one of those facilities instead of them.

      • Bill

        Good comment, Nad
        When they put you in a mental institution, you have lost all rights. It is amazing the power that psychiatrists have. They can put you away because you argue with them and you are not getting out until they feel like it

  • Jim B

    What really floors me is that there are people (government employees’ I have to presume) whose job it was/is to put up barricades, let alone the balls to do it. And why are they still working, putting up cones and fences cannot be an essential government job, it certainly is not a good use of American Tax Payer Money, that’s for sure. So who are these guys?… In any event if anyone can perform simple math they would know that the 2.7 Trillion in Taxes (aka government extortion money) taken in by the Fed is more than enough to fund the debt, welfare, entitlements, and our War Machine with some left over, obviously since we have a government barricade division that’s still working. If you caught CNBC Larry Kudlow last evening, the actual numbers are an enlightenment, the government lies are completely exposed. My suggesting is to follow the money, not the politics (Latin for ‘Poli’ meaning many, ‘tic’ meaning small blood sucking insect, source Ken Fisher), if you want to understand the governments deception in all of this.

  • WHITE WOMEN EVERYWHERE

    Hey, Ben you left out the AP scandal too!! & speaking of the media, the DEMs can “hide behind hate speech” as you say & get away with all their lying & deceptions, & GOP blaming etc..because they have the MSM in their back pockets & most Americans are ignorant sheeple who either (1) don”t care or (2) can’t think for themselves!

    There are many things severely wrong with this nation, but the media bias towards The LOONY TUNES LIBS/PC/PROGRESSIVE pols & agenda is the amongst the worst!! It informs all their strategy & motivations & gives them cover to move further & further left!

  • IBCAMN

    but the thing i can’t understand is,when the healthcare act was made a law,signed into law as it was written..but then changed several times,agreed upon then resigned into law as a redone bill(or something)so now the law is to be implemented,but,obama himself has made 19 changes to it without the okay of congress!!would that not make it an unlawful law??!you can change a law without going through proper channels,can you??
    and what about the 500 million obama stole to get this healthcare monster born?he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar,by then it had been signed into law,but he just ignored the summons and said”i;m the president,i dont have to”and he also said”can’t do anything now,it’s the law”why did the media sweep that one away?(right along with every other lie he’s been caught at!Nixon was impeached for far less)
    last time he picked on the children(w.h. tours)this time he’s picking on the seniors!even showing his arogance by shutting down privately owned parks,not a single gov’t dollar goes to them,how?this gov’t even has LEO’s go after protestors who have signs displayed for the obama impeachment proceedings and having them arrested with false charges brought against them for it!
    when will people see the marxist strategies he is employing to accomplish all his miss deeds?

    • Lumpy Rutherford

      Alas, at this point, the game is rigged & the GOP knows it, but they are still feckless & ball-less & derelict in their duties, for they should CONSTANTLY be bringing our Modern day Nero prez up on impeachment charges, even if they lead nowhere…his illegal ex. orders alone are enough to have his head cut off!

      Also,the Chief Justice, loony tunes Roberts should be impeached, disbarred whatever you call it for (1) not letting arguments that Komrade Kagan should be recused from sitting in judgment of O-Care, in the clearest example of a conflict of interest you will ever see & (2) Allowing govt, to argue O-Care was a tax & a fine, for as Scalia said, “he re-wrote the law for them & then passed it off as constitutional…..If he had ruled correctly, this mightmarish boondoggle would’ve collapsed!

  • flashy

    Crystal never disappoints. His usual blathering and nonsensical writing, insults galore, and proving once again he should cease proving he has the mental agility akin to a herd of turtles wading through peanut butter.

    Knowingly and purposefully making inaccurate statements and twisting facts and logic on their ear will be highlighted in each if his rants. Displaying his amazingly low level of intelligence and grace, it is obvious to any reading his material that if you spotted him $500, a case of champagne and dropped him off at the doorstep of a Parisian House of il Repute, his virginity would remain untouched.

    Don’t worry Ben, trailer trash and crazies think you’re intelligent and worthy of praise. Anyone else however, wonders why your wasting time living in this country when it’s obvious your loyalties lie elsewhere…

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Flash in the Pan….N/A

      • independent thinker

        “Knowingly and purposefully making inaccurate statements and twisting facts and logic on their ear will be highlighted in each if his rants.”
        Flashy describes himself rather well don’t you think?

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          Sounds like Flash in the Pan…would do quite well as a script writer In CommieWood… or as a Speech…RANT…writer for the “Little Boy Dictator” He has the Lies and Deception…MASTERED…

          • Vis Fac

            The term flash in the pan refers to something useful where as fishy is in no way useful

            When I relate to a flash in the pan I visualize a piece of flint striking a frizzen sending sparks to a pan that contains priming powder to ignite the main charge in a flintlock.

            Fishy has no use other than providing amusement

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Force…you got a good point….I started calling this Liberal BOT that along time ago…Fishy or Flush…as in toilet.. would be better terms..

          • timduck

            I think “flash in the pan” was a term from the gold rush days when “panning” for gold was widely preacticed. It referred to something shiny but wasn’t gold

          • independent thinker

            It is either that or the flash Force alluded to but without the ignition of the main charge.

        • Bill

          Flashy is showing signs of a psychopath

    • Vis Fac

      Fishy When was the last time your head was removed from your anus? I’ll bet at least several decades ago.

      It is the people with the least knowledge that continue to pontificate the virtues of being stupid.

      The trouble with you liberals is not that you are ignorant it’s that fact you know so much that isn’t so. You can blame your condition on the Liberal one dimensional indoctrination camps that masquerade as public schools, lame stream media and most of all yourselves for not wanting to dig for the truth.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Jana

        I don’t know how this hypocrite Dave has the audacity to keep showing up. He pretends to be other people all of the time. Oh I forgot. He is like his mentor Obama, the biggest hypocrite of all.

        • rwm44

          thats how they gey paid just like obozo .many names and ss numbers
          not many trolls out today the govt shutdown must be affecting them

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          Funny that we have not seen “Little smile” here…or is he using another Alias???

          • Bill

            Smilee’s mother probably took away his computer privileges because he would not clean his room

        • Don 2

          The job requirements for being a paid Obama Cyber-Warrior under Obama’s political corporation 501(c)4 Organizing for Obama, includes using aliases, multiple e-mail addresses, alternate identities and making postings through proxy servers in order to give the appearance of many more people than there actually are.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Flush…Please Flush…

      • dan

        ad hominem dittoes…irrelevant
        better flush twice !

    • Bill

      Flashy,
      So what’s going on in Oregon. You let your buddies pass a bill that said no city or county government can pass laws that restrict GMO’s. You are falling down on the job. So, where is a good liberal when you need them

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Flush…That is very Intellegent Piece of Writing…Did you have you LITTLE BOY DICTATOR Proof it for you??? Do you know what all those BIG WORDS YOU USED MEAN???? Could you use any more FOUL AND DISGUTING WORDS????….
      HOW MUCH DID YOU GET PAID BY THE LITTLE BOY DICTATOR HANDLERS TO POST THIS PIECE OF…and I use your words… TRAILER TRASH…

      AND BE SURE TO FLUSH TWICE TO MAKE SURE IT GOES DOWN TO WHERE IT BELONGS IN THE CESSPOOL…

  • J_in_TX

    Wow. Another useful idiot that’s been drinking too much Kool-Aid. Put the glass down Dave, sober up and think for yourself once. Look at all sides of the equation. The Republican House offered several measures to fund the government, some even included funding your beloved (but economy bankrupting) Obamacare. Obamalamadingdong and Crazy Harry rejected every one. BTW, Obama could give a rat’s a** whether more people have better HC than they had before. Obamacare is not about healthcare. It is about insurance. Quit buying the lie that it is about healthcare. It is about the government using a tool to take more power and bankrupt the American economy. There is not enough money in America to pay for this unConstitutional law. You would probably know that if you ever took time to educate yourself a little.

    • J in TX

      You know Dave, you’d be funny if you weren’t so stupid. What does Iraq have to do with anything, not that I agreed with it. Speaking of lying BS – The ACA is the vessel to give people who did not have insurance before more choice in PRIVATE insurance. You seem to have a fetish about the Koch Brothers. Do you even know who they are? Maybe, if you weren’t so enthralled with the Koch Brothers, you could address Obama’s puppet master – George Soros. What’s that? Oh, the sound of silence. You can go crawl back under Obama’s apron now Dave.

      • Vis Fac

        To service ODUMBO’s Crotch? oops sorry Soros?
        The ACA is anything BUT Affordable. when ever the government labels something as affordable you had best run the other direction.
        If this oh so great law is all that was advertised then why are those who sponsored and backed this debacle so eager to be exempted? Let the lying begin anew!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

      • Vis Fac

        J in TX is another CLOWN suffering from cranial rectitus.

        Facts to a liberal are those that are pulled out
        of thin air and or provided by lame stream media to swathe their ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates they make things up as they go so they can blame others for their failures or force their agenda.

        So whenever they have trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate their positions they simply fall back on the FBAB (Federal Board for Assigning Blame)
        or citing lame stream media’s partial/fabricated truths and prevarications; then all their liberal inadequacies are soon considered ancient history
        becoming non issues and then quickly forgotten

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • Vis Fac

      In order for DUMB A$$ DAVE to be able to educate himself he would first need to pull his head out of his anus. He would then need to recover from the resultant induced hypoxia of the aforementioned condition. THEN: he would need a complete reprogramming and a reboot (up his A$$) then somehow acquire some reasoning power followed by basic reading instruction.

      I sincerely doubt there would be enough time to accomplish these tasks so its better to drop DUMB A$$ DAVE in a desert (preferably outside the US) to fend for himself or infect another country with stupidity.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Vis Fac

        There you go again with that “blunt tool” apparently you can’t get enough blunt tool to satisfy your carnal cravings

        You can wipe the white from the corner of your mouth now

        The fact that you have no response other than the obligatory BS and pejorative demonstrates that I OWN YOU.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • Vis Fac

      DUMB A$$ DAVE there you go again with our BS Apparently you don’t now by saying that we OWN YOU?

      Anything you say after your BS is thought of as BS.

      WE OWN YOU DUMB A$$ DAVE

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • marlio

    This bill is a disaster and we need to make sure it goes down in flames. Ted Cruz is doing a great job leading the charge to protect our Constitution and rights, which the Democrats want to trample on, because they want the delusional New World Order, in which they think they will be Kings and Queens as of the era of Camelot!! This indicates how delusional they are to believe in a fairy tale of a long gone age. Unfortunately some rhinos in the Republican party such as Mitch McConnel , John Cornyn and others do not support the Tea Party mandates and need to be voted out of office.

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    Dave…N/A

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Little Davey…Don’t you know what N/A means…Didn’t they teach you that in INDOCTIANTION 101 IN KNDERGARTEN

    • Vis Fac

      DUMB A$$ DAVE the inane blind disciple of SATAN!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Vis Fac

        Refer to my response below

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        And Little Davey will spend eternity in Hell with is Anointed One…

  • Jana

    Obama is like a masterful magician. He cons you with his right hand while he manipulates you with his left hand.
    He is always creating distractions for his dastardly deeds. Right now he is overly thrilled to have our attention drawn to the shutdown, meanwhile the scandals of the IRS
    the NSA
    Benghazi
    the drones
    Sequestration
    Eric Holder (who is a joke) looking into the Muslim Brotherhood voting scandal
    ACORN ………among others……

    This admin has had nothing but scandal after scandal. Yet we have those among us, who by the way still vote, and some actually sound intelligent, that just love Obama and are devoted to him and just look the other way.

    Don’t forget Obama is the one who has shut down the coal mines, as well as drilling for oil off shore for the United States, and opening it up for other countries. Oil is still being drilled off shore, but not by the United States, it is by other countries

    During the Sequestration Obama wanted to make it as hard on the citizens of this country as he could to punish the ‘wicked’ Republicans. Now, during this shut down, he is doing the same thing again only worse, by closing obvious walk through memorials that actually cost more to put fences up to close these memorials than to leave them alone. After all, many have offered to donate money to pay to keep certain memorials and parks open only to be told NO!

    Obama is acting petty but we have come to expect that from him.

    • Robert

      But only in your sick twisted ldreams

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        You see Little Davey Brain has Finally DIED….FROM OVERDOSE OF LIBERAL INDOCTRINATION..

        • dan

          you’ll have to forgive for not voting him down anymore…he is irrevelant

        • Bill

          Good riddance, Davey Boy, or whatever your name is.
          Do us a favor and take Kg, Nc, Mark and Alex with you

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Little smile too

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            ??????

    • Vis Fac

      ODUMBO is NOT a master magician he is a master illusionist. Real magic would be able to make him disappear and reverse the damage he has managed to inflict on the US.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Jana

        Too funny. Oh we wish he would disappear and take Harry and Nancy with him.

        • Jana

          No, that’s what we have now under your Obama, with your blessing.

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          And the rest of the D****RATS and the RINOS

  • Vis Fac

    Again we have DUMB A$$ DAVE referring to the liberal rag knows as the Huffington Post how desperate can one get?

    Aside from knowing nothing of the Tea Party Movement and less about OUR Constitution he has unilaterally proclaimed himself the purveyor of all knowledge and truth.

    Just as ODUMBO’s Sequester to cede more power to the 1% (the elite who own ODUMBO) this shut down is nothing but a sideshow to deflect attention from all the real issue. His overwhelming incompetence. The “Make em feel the pain” stance is nothing but a tantrum and the stance a cowardly bully would take when he realizes he’s wrong and backed into a corner.

    His latest “make em feel the pain” antic I find deplorable for ODUMBO has now cut off financial support for the families of the fallen. Mr. ODUMBO you are a despicable coward and the enemy of the state!!!!

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Semper-Fi

    • Vis Fac

      I OWN YOU!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Vis Fac

        Laugh it of I’m sure your parents certainly had to! Now try and come up with something tangible to refute what I say. The fact you mention a Failed business suggests you are the FAILURE and X-box suggests you only have this as a stimulus to relate to so you accuse others of doing what amuses you. Now seeing as how you have used several aliases you have nothing to say in regards to my moniker. I’m sure J in TX is your real name so I can add hypocrite to the list of other adjectives that describe you.

        Morons like you are ignorant believe you know. I’ll admit you know things-things that are WRONG. You have yet to substantiate ANY claim you make So yes I DO OWN YOU

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          Even Having an XBOX and a Failed Busuiness…is better than what Little Davey has.. which is NOTHING…At least a Failed Business shows that some stepped out an tried something new…ALL THAT LIBERALS DO IS SCREAM FOR THEIR ANOINTED ONE…the “Little Boy Dictator” to give them some more FREEBIES…And when they don’t get the Freebies…They imitate their Anointed One…by having another TEMPER TANTRUM…Just like Little Davey is doing now..

      • Jana

        This from someone who keeps posting under various names? Hahhahaha—-hypocrite your name is DAVE

        • Jana

          Sure.
          It’s someone that writes just like you, thinks just like you, is rude just like you, and bullies just like you.

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          The only constant in the Liberal Dictionary is that EVERY THING CAN CHANGE ALL THE TIME AS NEEDED…

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        When the intense personal name calling starts with these BRAIN DEAD LIBERAL BOTS…You then Know that you COMPLETELY OWN THEM…

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          You just admitted that you are the Little Boy….Now why don’t you go outside and play with you Little Boy toys…

          • Frank Kahn

            Does anyone know why I cant respond to dave? All his posts seem to have been moderated out.

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        Little Boy Davey is getting very angry…

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      The “HUFF COMPOST” is one of the many Liberal Bibles that they use to find all the Lies and Distortions that they believe are Facts…

    • Bill

      The liberals fear the tea party because they will spoil their party. That is why the demonize anyone that will not perpetuate the Marxist movement

      • Bill

        Liberal,
        It must be past 5:00 and you must be hitting the sauce again

      • Vis Fac

        Bill They demonize anyone or thing they don’t understand, cannot control, or is not in agreement with their one dimensional idiot-ology

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

  • Wellarmed

    Thank You Mr. Crystal. Well said!

  • Barakolips

    Same broken record, different day, and as for leaving the country, you will be the first ones leaving when Obama and his criminal brethren are rounded up. Will you still be breathing our precious air, probably not. Try Cuba, I hear they have cheap healthcare!

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    The LEVEL of Liberals remarks that they post on these sites…Remind me of the Question many years ago that a very Low IQ student ask….”What are those Spots on the Floor??
    And it was the MOST INTELEGENT COMMENT THAT HE EVER MADE…

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Little Davey…DAVE.. got Banned from this site…He then resurrected himself as LIBERAL…But was Banned under this name too..

  • Tuffy Butler

    Ben again well said. Although, I have notice several M.eSs.N.B.Cers responding this article. They too, (much like Chris Matthews on said antithesis to truth station) must suffer from barackturnal emissions. Sad thing is that when they wake up, they will discover it was a dream and on life’s linen they are left with a big mess to clean up. Cheers and to the demise of this administration, RINOs and career politicians. May we right the ship and get our country back

  • Timothy Sullivan

    Negotiate is an “N-word” for Democrats.

  • Barakolips

    Your babbling liberal bullcrap just keeps boiling out of that little pea sized thing between your ears. Your like a tape recorder on play that only records lies.

  • jmprint

    Dave it doesn’t matter what facts you show these idiots, they are too brained wash to know the difference. On this sight FACTS don’t matter.

    • independent thinker

      Lets see, ACA is a federal law using federal funds. Therefore, the ACA is a part of the budget process just like all other federal spending and that automatically makes it part of the funding process. As part of the funding process it is subject to having its funds increased, decreased, or eliminated just like every other government program.

  • dan

    the Criminal Obama Regime (…that does sound redundant) is throwing a royal tantrum which in the parlance of the ‘Hood’ ,”That ain’t cool , ya know”

  • rbrooks

    This comment was deleted. it was entirely too intelligent, factual and honest for this crowd. lol.

  • Jana

    Obama keeps saying he will negotiate AFTER the shut down is over. Ha sure he will, NOT. He will negotiate like he has always done, which is he won’t do it.

    • Jana

      Of course you would Dave. We wouldn’t expect any less of you.

      • independent thinker

        Losing? Not according to a YouGov poll The latest results show the Republicans holding basically steady at 44% disapproval while the democrat/Obama disapproval rate is 42% and climbing.

        • Jana

          WRONG!!!!

      • LZ

        Liberal logic: O’Bama repeatedly says, “I will not negotiate, I will not negotiate.” And the idiots scream, “oh those dirty, rottten repubs.”

        • Jana

          I think you have lost it LIBERAL DAVE!!!

        • Deerinwater

          Well, ~ negotiate what? ~ is the question. ~

          44 has publicly stated over and over again, ~ he will not negotiate the defunding of the Affordable Health Care Act. ~ He has asked that the Senate version of the Bill be brought to a voted ~ days ago and let the pieces fall where they may.

          If it falls to pass on the Congressional floor, negotiating will have to take place.

          That is not complicated.

          The Honorable House Speaker must call for a “Vote”.

          That the Honorable Speaker has refused is because his side of the isle does not have the votes to vote it down.

          Therefore, ~ the Congressional Assemble is being held “Hostage” by a “Minority” that is once again using “Obstructionism” to hold sway over due process in disingenuous fashion with contempt for rules of order.

          Different Day, $ame $hit,

          • LZ

            Okay, it’s all the repubs fault. They voted to fund all gov’t except O’care. O refused to negotiate and the Dems refused to pass it. So the repubs voted to fully fund the gov’t with a delay in implementation for a year. O refused to negotiate and the Dems refused to pass it. Finally, repubs boted to fund all gov’t but no special waivers. O refused to negotiate and Dems refused to pass it. You state negotiate what is the question. It doesn’t matter. “I will not negotiate” leaves no room for anything. And the repubs are the ones with bombs strapped to their chests. Oh yes, also they are arsonists. And they have shut down the gov’t.

  • Jana

    So, here you sneak back on here like you did before, as someone else.

    • Jana

      Same name, Jana. Always.

      • Jana

        Sure!!!

    • rbrooks

      why would anyone have to sneak around to make use of the first amendment?

      in time, bob, and similar sites and posters, may find they no longer have the rights they are so quick to currently take away from their fellow americans.

  • Bill

    You mean billionaire Gore who has made his money from the dumb people who believe his global warming lies

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      EGORE needs to be taken back to his Padded Cell in the Straight Jacket

  • pnwdave

    Well done, Mr. Crystal!

  • independent thinker

    If Mr. Livingston was even a tenth as bad as you claim you, Alex, and Flashy among others would have been banned long ago. It is a testament to his patience that you have been allowed to post your spurious drivel for as long as you have.

  • independent thinker

    If Mr. Livingston was even a tenth as bad as you claim you, Alex, and Flashy among others would have been banned long ago. It is a testament to his patience that you have been allowed to post your spurious drivel for as long as you have.

  • rbrooks

    bob and the faithful few wonder why they remain the ‘few’. the average conservative does not agree with this sites particular definition of ‘personal liberty’.

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    The Democrat controlled Senate caused the shutdown. Reid and BHO refuse to negotiate as many Presidents have before in history. Of course that would require having a leader who is President. Instead we have a petty tyrant occupying the oval office.

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    That is all caused by the democrat controlled Senate. If things go your way enjoy living in socialist Amerika, because the democrats will eliminate free America. They’ve been working hard under the direction of BHO and Soros.

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    That is all caused by the democrat controlled Senate. If things go your way enjoy living in socialist Amerika, because the democrats will eliminate free America. They’ve been working hard under the direction of BHO and Soros.

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    BHO Kool-Aid drinkers know no rules. They attack without facts and denigrate people they don’t know. The Democratic/Progressive Party is destroying free America and creating socialist Amerika. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and Bill of rights to protect Americans from a tyrannical government such as is emerging more daily. You may like a nanny state that makes all your decisions and gives you things bought with the money they steal from others, but most people prefer freedom. What big government gives they can take away. Prohibition was a law until it was overturned. Bad laws like the PPACA/Obamacare can and should be overturned.

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    Little DAVE.. got Banned from this site…He then resurrected himself as LIBERAL…But was Banned under this name too..

    • Deerinwater

      Who was “Little Dave”?

  • Billy Jack

    Ben Crystal sure sounds like the boot-licker of Republicans that he really is. Republicand shut down the government, Ben Crystal. Of course, liars always do what their masters tell them to. The propaganda machine is going full speed ahead. Only those who follow the real shutdown know the truth. Ben Crystal, Republicans and the Koch brothers will get their comeuppance.