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Opening Arguments

Shut 'er down

Would a government shutdown hurt the economy? Let's ask the people who should know:


Down to the final days of the nation’s current spending plan, with negotiations over a new one at a standstill, nearly half of small business owners are in favor of shutting the government down, according to a new poll.

Researchers at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management conducted the survey, which found that 48 percent of business owners support at least a temporary government shutdown, compared to 42 percent who say policymakers should hurry up and strike a deal. Of the poll’s 1,387 respondents, more than 90 percent own businesses with no more than 200 workers.

Half of respondents said they could get behind a shutdown for up to a month, and nearly a third would support shuttering the government for up to three months.

Those folks know the truth about Obamacare, too; 63 percent would like a one-year delay in its implementation, abd 60 percebt expect their health care costs to rise.

I still get a kick out of the fact that "essential" services will still be provided during a "shutdown" and wonder, as I always do, if a service isn't essential, why is government providing it in the first place?