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Shutdown slows taxes but not bankruptcies

Published: Tue, October 1, 2013 @ 11:11 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Internal Revenue Service office located at the federal courthouse in Youngstown has been shuttered because of the government shutdown. Signs of the shutdown are on the door of the office.

The US Bankruptcy Court, however, is still open.

For more information go to IRS.gov.


1CompManRetired(29 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

The Republican Tea Party wing accomplished what terrorist never could have done: shutting the government down.

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2SeriouslyNow(192 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

@ Joe from Hubbard,

Just can't accept that Obamacare is the law.

It's the tea party that is fomenting this crisis, saying that "if the government doesn't do things my way", I'll shut it down.

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3walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

While Obamacare may be the law, revenue must be raised to fund the program. Government obtains revenues by taxes or duties on goods. Now, Chief Justice Roberts' convoluted opinion stated that the requirement for health care insurance was a "quasi-tax", somewhat similar to Medicare. (I guess he doesn't understand that, while you must pay the Medicare tax, an individual is under no obligation to accept the coverage.)Now ,it is most assuredly written in the US Constitution that "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” This was the Founding Fathers assurance that the PEOPLE would be the sole arbiters in deciding taxes through their Congressional Representatives. This was one way that the people could have the power over excessive taxation, unpopular wars, unrestrained government hubris, etc. Remember, at the time of the adoption, US Senators were selected by the individual state governors or representatives to speak on behalf of the several states. The power of the purse strings was given to the People's House of Representatives for very good reasons. The founders believed in the right of the individual citizen to determine their life path and fate. Of course, what we have now is a federal govt that believes it knows better. We also have a narcissist in the Oval Office that absolutely does not know how to be a leader, only a campaigner. He passed this Act and then the govt has poorly implemented it and the people don't want it.

The TEA party rep's may be akin to the mugwumps, but they are certainly within their constitutional authority to take this position. Our system is set up for these rep's to vote their conscience for the good of the US and then have to stand for re-election every two years. If their stand is unpopular they will be voted out. However, many believe they were sent there to do excatly what is going on. It may not be smart politically in the long run, but it is a strategy.

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4walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes! I don't believe that this is what the founders had in mind when they set up this governmnet. Unfortunately, many people LOVE to suckle from the government teat as they believe the other guy has to pay for them. This is a classic Democrat Party ploy. Give the people free stuff and they will keep voting for us! It used to be that the immigrants to this country wanted to provide for themselves since they had some pride and self-worth. This is sorely lacking now.

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576Ytown(1242 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Every American will be effected by the ACA in some way, fewer work hours, lower take home pay (higher premiums), higher out of pocket costs, increased taxes (directly and indirectly), forced to buy insurance or pay a penalty. I don't know where the affordable is in the Affordable Care Act.

The partial government shutdown is making people uncomfortable but realize that the furlough is a paid vacation for 800,000 federal workers how are deemed non-essential out of 3.3 million federal workers. Yes, many of them do live paycheck to paycheck, but they will get their paycheck when the shutdown ends.

The republican house has presented a budget to the democratic congress 4 times so far, but they have refused to negotiate...hence the shutdown.

When sequestration went into effect, they said they sky was falling, it would be the end of the world. But in the end, the sun came up, budget cuts were done and we all survived.

So now while they once again try to agree on a budget, we will have to deal with a few closings.

The real fun begins when the feds run out of money to pay its bills by October 17th if Congress refuses to give in on an increase to the nation’s debt ceiling. Obama has said he won’t budge on this point either.

16 trillion, 960 million, 500 thousand dollar debt ceiling. http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html

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