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Rachel Maddow Explains How the GOP Got Nothing Out of Their Shutdown: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow takes apart the last 16 days of government shutdown, and its aftermath.


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  1. "Congratulations America" as if everything is dandy now! Well no it's not. BTW the roll-out of is an embarrassment as is the 400 million dollars that were spent to create its website. Shameless irresponsible handling of our taxpayer money. Then there is a lackluster economy and the NSA scandal as America is now a Police State. I for once think we need to break away from party lines. And a smaller Government wouldn't be all that bad.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 17, 2013 2:24:59 PM

  2. Keep earning that Koch brothers money, professional Trollroad trolls!

    Nobody's listening to you, but you get to keep yourself in Cheetos and beer.

    And when that puts your health in decline, you can always count on saving your life through the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 17, 2013 2:42:49 PM

  3. Peter Beinart would disagree with her:

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 17, 2013 2:45:50 PM

  4. ONCEMOREWITHFEELING you can drawn in all these Governmental bureaucracy if you want, but don't drag me with you. In my book a leaner smaller Government is better than this mess. The fact that the US Government is the largest employer of the American people is something to be alarmed about. The fact that President Obama bragged about this in his shutdown speech tells you every thing you need to know.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 17, 2013 2:51:40 PM

  5. Will someone give this woman a peen so she'll she'll shut up. She's got an ax to grind with biology.

    Posted by: TMI | Oct 17, 2013 3:03:50 PM

  6. Perry: In Europe seem to agree with her, the headlines past from pointing Tea party victories as small group pushing their agenda, to name them as the main losers of the whole shutdown

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 17, 2013 3:06:15 PM

  7. Because Europe has its act together? Ha!

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 17, 2013 3:12:00 PM

  8. Be afraid Rachel. Ronan Farrow is coming to MSNBC, and he's a lot prettier, and intelligent. And he's straight, so you can't condescend.

    Posted by: HoNo | Oct 17, 2013 3:18:00 PM

  9. Perry: No, because Europe is able to see the situation without trying to make one party look good.
    Republicans tried to test their power, and they showed, but it was completly fruitless.
    In the end they didn't get what they wanted, and looked bad in the process

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 17, 2013 3:29:35 PM

  10. Ok, for all those opining for a leaner government, please list the things you would cut, and how much they each cost. Or how much you would pare this or that by, and what percentage is that of that or this item's total budget. We'll wait.

    Sorry, but you ask 9 out of 10 smaller government backers what they would cut, and they don't want ANYTHING actually eliminated. Or at least not anything that would cut more than 0.000000000001% of the federal budget. ("Foreign Aid" is always a favorite.)

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 17, 2013 3:35:09 PM

  11. Europe has better health care, bigger and more socially responsible government that the USA circus we have all watched for the last few weeks..

    Yea, the ham and green droll !

    Bigger government is better and more in keeping with the social contract. And that means paying much higher taxes to afford responsible social and educational programmes/programs
    Get used to it and get to like it.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 17, 2013 3:45:00 PM

  12. You want cuts. How about starting with a couple of air-craft carriers. The USA Department of Defense has an annual budget of $680 billion. That is astronomical.

    Posted by: excy | Oct 17, 2013 3:51:15 PM

  13. A private business fueled by competition (a drive to keep prices low and the servic accessible/affordable) and profit will always offer better services than the government. Saying that Europe has better healthcare is completely false. America has the best hospitals and doctors; the shortest wait times; and the most advanced forms of care. You don't ever hear of an American getting flown to London for a surgery. They get flown to the U.S. Think about that.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 17, 2013 3:52:12 PM

  14. What? Bigger government is better? seriously! Well I guess that's a fkntwist.

    As for cuts, I would start by identifying and cutting the bureaucracy that exists in most all Governmental programs. I already gave you an example of unnecessary expending with the Obamacare website. Facebook didn't cost 400 millions to build. What is wrong about demanding a leaner smarter government? I just don't get you guys.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 17, 2013 4:02:24 PM

  15. Sure seems to me, based on those purple cards, that her facts are pretty unimpeachable.

    Posted by: Dback | Oct 17, 2013 4:03:11 PM

  16. Yep, bigger government is better because government knows what is best for you. People can't make the right decisions for themselves. We need government to dictate to us how we should live our lives and how to spend our money. (FYI, how many European governments were on the edge of the fiscal abyss recently because of all their social entitlements? ha)

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 17, 2013 4:09:50 PM

  17. @JackFknTwist — exactly! And I speak from experience, having lived as an American in Europe for almost 25 years. And boy did this whole fiasco look like a joke from here. Der Speigel in Germany called it an historically irresponsible act from any major government since WWII. They also said they are waiting for some form of accountability. So is France. This touched EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE. The government shutdown cost the US between 24 to 30 billion dollars. That buys a lot of services for people who don't have much. Those responsible should pay for that.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 17, 2013 4:34:57 PM

  18. And stop knocking Rachel, she is one of the few clear voices (at least she makes me understand these things) out there on these issues.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 17, 2013 4:36:24 PM

  19. There are many articles published on the true reasons why the GOP and their sympathizers (such as on this blog) wanted to defund Obamacare. One of the reasons that it is silently gaining support within their own party to their dismay. And there's more.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 17, 2013 4:38:16 PM

  20. Yes, her facts on the purple cards (I bet they were actually blank, but what great props), those facts ARE unimpeachable as each and every one of them has been part of a House resolution passed or debated during the past two weeks of the government shut-down. That's all they were - the Republicans' shifting and absurd ransom demands - of which they got ZERO.

    But they were too stupid to take Yes for an answer. They could have claimed legitimate victory for the Dems agreeing to use the Republicans' sequester-level budget numbers. And they could have declined to make such a deplorable public spectacle during the same period that, absent the shut-down, the horrible roll-out of Obamacare would have been the front-page news.

    What utter maroons. And Rachel's segment was great!

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 17, 2013 4:44:07 PM

  21. Dave, what does that even mean? Granted, the US has plenty of great doctors but access to medical care is sorely lacking, so that fact means very little to a vast part of the populace. That's about like saying "All Americans live in luxurious houses because they've all seen pictures of them." The GOP for decades has trotted out this bizarre talking point that "Emergency Rooms can't turn you away" as if that was the same thing as health care. It isn't.

    Preventative medicine is cheaper in the long run than emergency care. A flu shot is cheaper than treating the flu. Blood Pressure medication is cheaper that treating a heart attack.

    It's actually cheaper to deal with health issues preventatively through doctor's visits and medication rather than an emergency room visit to stabilize a patient in a dire health crisis, much less a hospital stay.

    Having the greatest healthcare in the world is meaningless if you can't use it. It's like living next to the world's largest grocery store but all you can do is look through the window. Especially when so many companies deliberately hire part-timers and contractors so they won't have to pay for their health insurance.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 17, 2013 5:02:28 PM

  22. The "small government" tea party crazies are going to pay the price. There are talks in the big business circle, the GOP traditional ally, to kick out those crazies in coming Republican primaries.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 17, 2013 5:07:36 PM

  23. OH---is Miss Maddow still on television?

    Posted by: HA! | Oct 18, 2013 8:06:16 AM

  24. Actually "Hono" word on the street is that Ronan isn't straight at all.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 18, 2013 8:29:24 AM

  25. Wow. The whiny-con, GoProudGirls, LogCabinette, homo Tea Battys are out in force here today! Face it, sweeties. Your Tea Batty traitors failed to bring down the government. And, uh, oh, by the way. The ACA is a PRIVATE health-insurance program. The government has set up exchanges to encourage free-market participation with private insurance companies to purchase health insurance. You girls want smaller government? Mr. Obama has shrunk the the government to size and spending not seen since the Eisenhower years. He will continue to do so. Take your trolly right wing homo fannies somewhere else.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 18, 2013 10:48:21 AM

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