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Emanuel blasts 'wrong-headed' GOP leaders over shutdown
wbez.org ^ | October 02, 2013 | Alex Keefe

Posted on 10/04/2013 8:21:00 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday blasted Congressional Republicans for their “wrong-headed” budget brinksmanship he said led to a partial government shutdown, while maintaining that city services are still immune to the impasse in Washington.

“It’s time for the Republican leaders in Congress to step up, provide leadership and tell a small minority in their party to stop trying to hold the country hostage to their ideology,” Emanuel told reporters at an unrelated press conference on Wednesday.

As the first federal shutdown in nearly 18 years entered its second day, Emanuel said city services are still unaffected by the shutdown, which has caused thousands of Chicago-area federal workers to be sent home without pay.

But if the shutdown persists, the city’s immunity could wear off, Emanuel said. He pointed to Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers food to home-bound senior citizens.

“That’s a federally-funded program, administered locally. It will have an impact, both on the people that provide it, [and] the people that rely on it,” Emanuel said. “And it’s wrong. It’s foolish. It’s preventable.”

Joyce Gallagher, who heads the city’s Senior Services Area Agency on Aging, said there have been no impacts on the meals program yet, and she did not anticipate any down the road. The mayor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for clarification.

Though Emanuel wouldn’t name names, the mayor said he has been talking with leaders he knows in Washington, D.C. from his years as a Democratic Congressman.

“The ones I’ve talked to are fully conscious this is a wrong-headed strategy,” he said.

He also defended President Barack Obama’s handling of the shutdown, suggesting that it’s time for the GOP to drop its at-any-cost opposition to the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called “Obamacare.”

“The election was a referendum. Elections have consequences. The American people have spoken, he has gotten re-elected, and he’s being very reasonable about a way to move forward. They are being unreasonable and irresponsible and reckless.”

House Republicans have blamed Senate Democrats and the White House for refusing to accept any of their proposed changes to the president’s signature health care law.


TOPICS: US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: blameblameblame; bushsfault; dncshutdown; illinois; noaccountability; notruth; obamacare; obamashutdown; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; rahmemanuel; reidshutdown; senateshutdown

1 posted on 10/04/2013 8:21:00 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Uh, he best mind his own chickens.


2 posted on 10/04/2013 8:22:14 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Wow all these angry dems giving Republicans advice. So nice of them to tell us our strategy is backfiring.


3 posted on 10/04/2013 8:23:10 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Wow, Ballerina Boy’s tutu is all wee-weed up!


4 posted on 10/04/2013 8:24:02 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: Irenic

Yep, Chicago is the next Detroit.


5 posted on 10/04/2013 8:24:13 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Ted really caulked their tailpipes with ginger:
those donkeys are prancing like Lipizzaners!


6 posted on 10/04/2013 8:27:35 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Emanuel blasts 'wrong-headed' GOP leaders over shutdown

Well Rahm is an expert on blasting, lots of folks getting blasted everyday in Chicago land.

7 posted on 10/04/2013 8:28:05 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Spoken like the fattest calf at the government teat.


8 posted on 10/04/2013 8:29:16 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

your citizens still killing each other in mass Rahm????


9 posted on 10/04/2013 8:30:35 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Shut up, Rahm, and go back to the bath house.


10 posted on 10/04/2013 8:31:31 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The killings in the murder capital of the US will continue, “business” as usual with or without the Federal shut down.


11 posted on 10/04/2013 8:31:56 PM PDT by midway1 (Inside every liberal is an American trying to get out)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A “small minority” of representatives simply cannot hold the nation hostage. Unless I’m mistaken, the House can only pass legislation with simple majority (as in half +1) votes. A good follow up question to Mr. Emanuel would be how does a “small minority” manage to do that? Are we to believe all the other Republican representatives wouldn’t vote against that “small minority” if it was politically advantageous to do so?

Rahm Emanuel is absurd, but of course, we already knew that.


12 posted on 10/04/2013 8:35:02 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Conservatives are not anarchists!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Dude, fix the South Side and get back to us.


13 posted on 10/04/2013 8:35:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: midway1

El-Presidente may have shut down Armed Forces Radio for our overseas troops (such a nice, caring liberal), but you are right, he’s not doing anything to shut down the gang bangers.


14 posted on 10/04/2013 8:36:08 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; All

Hey, Rahm E !

Now that you have been running the show in Second City for a long time now, how is that “Never let a Crisis go to waste” ideology working out for you?

Must be right up your alley as nothing is a bigger crisis than being the Mayor of the Murder Capital of the “Hoped and Changed” Obamanation that you worked so very hard to build.


15 posted on 10/04/2013 8:36:22 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Nice to see that all the Dems are reading off the same script.


16 posted on 10/04/2013 8:43:07 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“It’s time for the Republican leaders in Congress to step up, provide leadership and tell a small minority in their party ...

I think Rahmblow has his parties mixed up. The Republicans are 99% together on their votes in the House. That message of a "small minority" is BS and makes a good Dem/Media Activist talking point but it is not the truth Rahmee!

17 posted on 10/04/2013 8:43:53 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Rahm should pay more attention to his own city, Chicago...
The murder capital of the world.


18 posted on 10/04/2013 8:46:13 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I see lots of posts on FR about people (obvious libs) calling for the Repubs to stop with "their" government shutdown and get back on the program with the Dems and give the Zero King what he wants.

Where are all the articles/reports/stories telling the Dems to stop their shutdown? After all, it's the Dems in the Senate that caused this, specifically ol' Dingy Harry.

19 posted on 10/04/2013 8:46:29 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: woweeitsme
Rahman should know these sound bites only work on LIV ‘s.

You know, the sort of scum that votes for democrats?

Go back to the sandbox, loser.

20 posted on 10/04/2013 8:47:02 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

21 posted on 10/04/2013 8:52:37 PM PDT by Route395
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To: woweeitsme

You took the words right out of my mouth.
It’s getting so redundant to hear the conga line of freaks
parrot the same lies daily.

Being stuck in rahm land for the time being, I can attest that the little shrimp was quite foolish for poking his head out over this, he has zero room to talk about anything having to do with responsibility. Such a little weasel.


22 posted on 10/04/2013 8:53:22 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Well...I like this Ted Cruz."
23 posted on 10/04/2013 9:01:07 PM PDT by Route395
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To: Tailgunner Joe

An expert on wrong-headedness weighs in.


24 posted on 10/04/2013 9:11:24 PM PDT by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The demons are crawling out of the woodwork. They are screaming and tearing off their clothes. They are having a demonic hissy fit complete with the "hiss." Get out the violin and cry me a river!

They don't call them DemonRATs for nothing!!!!


25 posted on 10/04/2013 9:11:43 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey ballerina. Go pick up the dead off your streets and STFU.

You were a sleazy little political pimp when you were in DC and in my shual, and you’re still a sleazy little political pimp in Chicago.

RATS NEVER CHANGE. THEY JUST SMELL THE SAME, ALWAYS!


26 posted on 10/04/2013 9:21:22 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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He’s pointing his finger at the wrong party.


27 posted on 10/04/2013 9:22:37 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

When I want Rahm Emanuel’s opinion on anything, I’ll beat it out of him with a nail-studded baseball bat.


28 posted on 10/04/2013 10:32:38 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“The election was a referendum."

No. It wasn't a "referendum" Emanual, you lying sack of sh**. How could it have been? Mengelecare didn't even start until last Tuesady, nearly a year AFTER the re-election of your African communist p.o.s.

Some "referendum".

29 posted on 10/04/2013 10:36:02 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday blasted Congressional Republicans for their “wrong-headed” budget brinksmanship he said led to a partial government shutdown

I can see the headlines now: Government shutdown causes sun to rise in the west. Welfare queens hardest hit.

What a bunch of F n idiots.

30 posted on 10/05/2013 12:33:08 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Who gives a rats A$$ about anything Mayor Brillo-head has to say?


31 posted on 10/05/2013 7:40:12 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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