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What's the Difference between the 1995/96 Government Shutdowns and the 2013 Shutdown?

Updated on November 17, 2016

It's My Opinion - Based on an Article by Doe Royal

An article I was reading today was written in January of 1996 by Doe Royal the editor of the FlowerPlex PipeLine newspaper that could have been written yesterday; about the government shutdown of this month instead it was during the government shutdown(s) of President Clinton's presidency, of which there were two.

This concerns me, because the GOP is all set to shut down our government again in February or March, and at what cost, another 24 billion?


Doe Royal

Doe Royal - and staff writer and associate editor.
Doe Royal - and staff writer and associate editor. | Source

The article: 'It’s My Opinion,' by Doe Royal.

The article: 'It’s My Opinion,' by Doe Royal.

I removed the article from the album where I had pasted it in 1996. This was often my habit, when reading a particularly interesting article, such as the one I am holding in my hand, which could have been written yesterday and would have been apropos for what is going on today.

Strangely enough it was not just the article that Doe had written, that gave me chills, it was also the fact that I had just read Doe Royal’s obituary. It felt almost as if she wanted me to find her article and write it.

Let ‘em get a real job!

The article was written about the government shutdown during President Clinton's presidency.

Doe had written in the article, that every time she and her husband Carl talked about the government employee layoffs, in regards to the Congressmen who shut down the government Carl would always respond with ‘let ‘em get a real job.’


Let’s talk about the real world

What entitles government employees to a guaranteed regular paycheck; you and I don’t have such a guarantee, Doe wrote.

Let’s talk about the real world. Perhaps they would like to trade places with the AT&T employees. (AT&T had a huge layoff during one of the two times of the Clinton government shutdown(s).)

Suddenly you don’t have a paycheck.

If your employer runs short of money and has to work out a funding agreement, chances are he’s going to lay you off. Suddenly you don’t have any paycheck.

Additionally you won’t know if you even have a job until the employer corrects his funding situation, if indeed he does.

Why is it that your treatment does not extend to government employees as well?

What is it about government employees which entitles them to a guaranteed job and pay check; why is it that your treatment doesn’t extend to them as well? After all you and I help pay their salaries.

Congressmen, and Senators are suppose to be working for the American people. Are they?


If I don’t make the decision, I am not responsible for the outcome

It is our money you know, and I don’t know about you but I don’t work in order to pay my inferred obligation to everyone else in the country. If I don’t make the decision, I am not responsible for the outcome

I’m sure not responsible because the President chooses to veto the budget we, the majority, indicated we wanted when we cast our vote in 1994. The man needs to come-to and listen to what we, the workers, want to do with our money.


This was the gist of Doe's article.

Maybe it was the fact that Doe Royal was a staunch Republican that surprised me and compelled me to save the article.

I am not sure about Carl, which political Party he believed in, but they, did not seem to agree on political issues.


From one cry baby to another

This classic picture was on the cover of the New York Daily News from that period it shows how the Republicans got lost trying to deliver their message.
This classic picture was on the cover of the New York Daily News from that period it shows how the Republicans got lost trying to deliver their message. | Source

The answer to my title/question

Q: What's the Difference between the 1995/96 Government Shutdowns and the 2013 Shutdown?

A: The name of the Speaker of the House.

Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House during the 1995 and 96 government shutdown(s) and John Boehner is the Speaker of the House during the current government shutdown.


Gearing up for the current Government Shutdown.

"There's a very good possibility that government will shut down. I know the Democrats have their talking points lined up. They'll blame us for everything. What will we do?" --Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), Feb. 22, 2011


According to Glenn Kessler -The Washington Post – The Fact Checker

According to an article in The Washington Post by Glenn Kessler, The Truth Behind the Rhetoric.

On December 7, 1995, after President Bill Clinton vetoed the budget spending bill presented by the Gingrich lead Republican Congress over the funding of Medicare, Social Security, and education the Republican controlled Congress shut down the government.

Per Kessler, the current Speaker of the House, John Boehner was the number 4 Republican in the House leadership during the 1995-96 government shutdowns, and Kessler believes that those government shutdowns deeply affected the Current Speaker.

Wonder why his eyes are red from drinking tea?

In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South), House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio sips on a cup of Afghan tea as he receives a briefing during a visit to the Arghandab Valley of Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 20. Boehner led a congressional
In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South), House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio sips on a cup of Afghan tea as he receives a briefing during a visit to the Arghandab Valley of Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 20. Boehner led a congressional | Source

Déjà Vu

Déjà vu: from French, literally "already seen", is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has experienced a new situation previously. ---Wikipedia

When I hear Ted Cruz ranting and raving about what they are demanding:

  • Defund the already funded Obama Care (i.e. The Affordable Care Act)
  • Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (Q. Does he get a kickback from his native country?)
  • Deep and dangerous cuts to Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and SNAP.

Q. Do you believe that Cruz is loyal to the United States?

Q. Do you really think if you pay a blackmailer's ransom demands, that is the end of it and they will not ask for anything more?

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so very much for the comment and sharing this again.

      I am having a better day then yesterday.

      I hope all is well with you and that you are where it is cool, I know it was hot today/

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      C E Clark 7 months ago from North Texas

      Heard an ugly rumor yesterday that the Republican Congress wants to shut the government down again, too. Guess they don't think Trump being their candidate is a sure loser and they want to shut the government down as insurance. If they do shut the government down that will probably lose them a bunch of seats.

      Sharing.

      Hope you're having a good day. Blessing dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, and for sharing.

      I am not surprised the republicans don't care about anything but beating Hillary Clinton.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      C E Clark 14 months ago from North Texas

      Costs a bundle in both cash and inconvenience when our Congress decides to shut the government down and take an extra vacation. Guess the Republicans changed their minds about doing that just before the next presidential election, but then you never know. They may change their minds again and do it after all. As if Trump weren't a big enough problem for them right now . . .

      Sharing.

      Hope you and John are able to enjoy this pretty day. Blessings and hugs dear friend .

      . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Dear Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing. I think Teddy wants to shut it down because it makes he feel powerful, that he as a Canadian can shut down the American Government, and when did the teabaggers ever make sense?

      I hope you are enjoying these cool mornings.

      Blessings and hugs

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      With another shutdown in the news -- averted again so it would seem, no thanks to Cruz, I was drawn back to this article with some history of shutdowns. They never make any sense, but I understand Teddy is having conniptions because he had his heart set on having another one. I wonder if he knows it costs taxpayers millions and millions of $ every time he indulges himself?

      Sharing this again of course. Hope all is well . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, I heard this also that the GOP plans to shut down the government. I hope that every voter hears and read and understands how and why they are doing this. I also heard about the disenfranchisement of voters in our state. Don't people realize it is voter apathy that is allowing this to happen?

      Thank you for the comment and all that you do.

      You are a blessing

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      It's my understanding the Republicans are planning another shutdown this coming fall over assistance programs like food stamps. So close to the next election. I know most people's memories are about the length of the life of a May fly, but some people may remember and vote them out.

      Sharing this and will go back and share the article on Accident Prone Children. I can't share on HP over my phone because HP doesn't have an app.

      Hope all is well there. Even though temps are much cooler the last couple of days it's been so humid it's hardly noticeable. Hope your sore throat and neck pain are gone. Blessings and hugs, take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment. The difference is the name of the Democratic Presidents, and some of the Republican Senators and Congress persons, so both shut downs were Conservative driven, and both had Democratic Presidents.

      Take Care

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      I don't know the difference. They both cost taxpayers a lot of money and inconvenience a lot of people. Is blocking legislation that would help alleviate joblessness and poverty any better than jus shutting the government down? Government isn't working very well if it can't respond to the needs of the people. Instead of shutting down the government, let's not pay the lazy slackers who are playing the obstructionist game. If you or I "worked" like they do we'd have been fired ages ago.

      Our legislature voted to allow open carry of guns on college/university campuses yesterday. Universities, etc., are allowed to have a few spaces here and there where guns aren't allowed, but have been warned it can't be too general and they must allow guns in most locations on campus.

      This new law should give new meaning to "Mean Girls," as well as fights over girls and other stuff. Want to get rid of your competition? Take your gun to school . . .

      Sharing.

      Hope all is well with you. So much to do and so little time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, and sharing. I don't know why the Greedy Old P***** thought it was a freebie, for them it probable was in a way. They would have the people pay and blame the liberals for the shut down, maybe the people will get wise before the 2016 presidential election.

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      You know how Republicans love to complain about how Democrats/liberals just spend, spend, spend, like shutting down the government was a freebie? And attempting to overturn ObamaCare 54 times cost nothing?? And then there was that hole they dug in Texas for the supercollider . . . a billion to dig it and when they didn't think they would find God with the collider, they ordered the hole to be filled back up for another billion. This is somebody's definition of fiscal conservatism? At least Democrats spend the money on something worthwhile, like healthcare or education, etc.

      Sharing again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Here, is the link again, http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/Darrell-Issa-Hid...

      I hope that you can access this story from this one.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      The link below that you placed in your response to Perspycacious doesn't work for me and I've tried to copy and paste it several different ways. Neither can you click on it.

      opednews.com/Quicklink/Darrell-Issa-Hid-The-Truth-OpEds-Benghazi-Attack

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I could not find a link that did not work.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Ok, I will check the link.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      You need to check this link. It's a quick link and it doesn't work.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Perspycacious, I found the story that I heard this morning on the opednews.com/Quicklink/Darrell-Issa-Hid-The-Truth-OpEds-Benghazi-Attack.

      December 29, 2013

      Darrell Issa Hid The Truth About Benghazi For a Year While Attacking President Obama.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you my dear friend, for your continued friendship. I really appreciate you, and thank you for your comments, sharing and pinning to Awesome Hubpages.

      I love that cartoon of Newt, it shows his true colors and lack of what it takes to be a real person. As for sobering up, I can only ask one question: How do you sober up from to much tea? Maybe like the Indian who drank so much tea, that he drown in his own teepee.

      John and I hope that you can look forward to a great and blessed New Year.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Perspycacious, thank you my friend, I really appreciate your visit and your comment. You know it funn, how these people who are out to bring down a President by destroying the American peple who put them in office in the first place, and the strange thing is these same people will vote for the same people, no matter what they do to them. And stranger yet is what I heard today: I heard Darrell Issa say there was no Benghazi scandal, so I just did a little bit of research on this and could not find what I thought I would find. Maybe it was just a dream and people will never hear the truth, but I heard it this morning on the radio and I hope I am not the only one.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Decided I needed a laugh. Not that government shutdowns are a laughing matter because they aren't. Especially when 24 Billion dollars that could go to help millions of people is wasted just for the fun of it so some politicians can have a good tantrum and get it out of their system. I do find that cartoon of Newt quite funny and I think it exemplifies some of the current members of Congress. So I always laugh when I see Newt acting like a bratty teenager.

      Hope 2014 will see those of our Congress members who need to grow up doing just that. Not likely, but one can hope. Elections could sober some of them up.

      Hope you and John are looking forward to a great New Year celebration and an even better 2014 all year long. Sharing. Also pinned to Awesome Hubpages.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Politics at the sacrifice of the national interest, and by any faction or party, seems treasonous to me, or perhaps inconsistent with the sworn oaths of folks who should know better. Shutdowns are like a union going on strike for someone's "line in the sand." While strikes can be justified, and limited government sure gets limited during a shutdown, either approach plays havoc with productvity, and ultimately only slows the inevitable. Just as union rolls have declined, sadly government has declined, too. Maybe there should be a Jubilee Year every 50-75 years for a thorough House and Senate cleaning?

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the voting this up, sharing and pinning Newt. he needed that. I guess we will have another shut down in January or February 2014, that may cost us more than 24 billion. But is seems that is what the GOP want, or especially their "Ted Cruz."

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Well I hope voters will remember how some politicians spent the 24 Billion dollars we can't afford to use for healthcare and other worthy causes. It will be January before you know it and the bickering about the budget and the debt ceiling will all start over again. When will we stop electing selfish children to Congress?

      Voted up, interesting, and awesome. Shared. Pinned Newt to my 'Politics' board. Seems he set a good example for his descendants.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jo, for the complement, share, tweet, vote up +++, you are so appreciated.

      Blessings, hugs and Shalom to you my friend.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Hi Shyron,

      I am so impressed with this article. wow. You really hit it out of the park! Shared, tweet and Up she goes..+++..it was funny too with your use of photos. Loved the cartoon with Newt..

      Blessings & hugs!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for sharing, awesome voting up. Yes it looks as if the Republicans plan to shut down our government again if we don't give them total control over our country and our lives.

      It is really sad the people of the United States, at least not all do not see what is happening. If they would just listen to the loudest rant and follow the money/lobbyest and learn the truth.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again so people will have an idea of what's going to happen AGAIN in Jan/Feb. The Conservatives are just going to keep on doing this 'til they make this country another third world country, and in many ways, it already is. Tent cities, hungry, jobless, homeless people by the thousands and thousands . . .

      Voted up and awesome again!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Ausseye, for the read and the comment. I appreciate your stopping by.

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      Ausseye 3 years ago

      Hey,

      Hey I might get the Mafia involved, they seem to think they have the right to a guaranteed income!!!! So a political plot to give the Mafia more income guarantees, seem like a good election ploy. Lets face it, giving our guarantees to the Mafia is so much better than giving our guarantees to the sickly poor and dispossessed , more chance of a return favour !!! With tongue in cheek I say these things from across the sea where we toss refuges back into the ocean because we gave them no guarantee to be humane!!!

      Great read and food for thought, no guarantee though!!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I know, everyone needs to know that the people who want to shut down the Government and holding people hostage to get what THEY want, when they really should be on cruz control.

      Thank you Au fait for the up-vote and sharing, I really appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again. People need to read this and realize that some politicians never learn and just keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Instead of Bill Clinton being re-elected as a result of this shut down like he was over the last one, I think it might be his wife who will benefit. ;)

      I wonder if those Republicans who have voiced their realization that the Tea Party is choking their Party to death will be able to get rid of the offending problem?

      Voted up and interesting and sharing . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for commenting and sharing this again. Yes I would like to start a campaign to RE-CALL Ted Cruz so we can have cruz controll, but how to get started???

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Looks like Congress has made a short term agreement so they can welcome in the New Year by going through this all over again. Can hardly wait! A very interesting hub, my dear and loyal friend.

      Sharing again!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Jaye, thank you for your comments and up votes.

      You are right these people are not worth their salt. I too believe their pay should be with held, but I would go further and say that anyone who causes such hardship for another human being should lose their job. As a matter of fact if you and I caused a company that we worked for to shut down, we would not have that job for very long.

      I did read the Forbes article, thanks for the link.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, always appreciate your visits, comments, and thank you for the up votes, pinning and sharing.

      You are right, these cogressmen have no incentive to not shut down the government.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is a terrific hub drawing parallels between the 1995 and 1996 government shutdowns and the current one, engineered each time by the Republicans.

      There are both similarities and differences between Gingrich and Boehner, but--as my grandfather was wont to say of someone for whom he had no respect, neither "...is worth his salt." That old English saying means that the person to whom it refers isn't worth his pay. The Republican Party, however, has decidedly changed since Gingrich's time, and Boehner is either unable to keep his unruly Tea Baggers in line or too afraid of losing his job as Speaker of the House to take the right actions. Either way: not worth his salt!

      I agree with Au fait that Congressional pay should cease during a shutdown due to the inability of Congress to function properly--not only pay but all benefits--and not be paid retroactively. They should lose as Americans affected by this shutdown are losing.

      By the way, this FORBES article describes how Boehner, whose annual base salary is $223,500, made certain members of Congress got their healthcare subsidies before shutting down the government and trying to cheat other Americans out of their healthcare options. I encourage you to read it.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/10/01/g...

      Great hub, Shyron. It gave me goosebumps when you wrote why you were reminded of Doe Royal's article.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Another great hub!

      I think the reason Clinton vetoed the bill (a continuing resolution) that Republicans sent to his desk back then was because it included raising Medicare premiums and lessened environmental regulations. He disagreed strongly with both. I'm not sure he liked much else in that bill either. The second shut-down was for 21 days, can you believe?

      I've just stated in a recent comment on my Poverty article that I think no elected official should be receiving a paycheck when our government is shut down. Further, I stated that I do not think they should receive back pay once the shut-down is resolved either. I stand by that and I think there would be even fewer shut-downs if politicians were to lose their fat paychecks if they did it -- and zero is just about the right amount they should be paid anyway at the rate things have been going for several years now.

      Voted up, UIA, pinned to my 'Politics' board, and shared with my followers!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you DDE for your comment.

      If you are asking what the difference is, a different Speaker of the House

      in 1995/96 it was Newt Gingrich

      2013 it is John Boehner

      That is the only thing that is different. The Republicans from all these shut downs just want to destroy the middle class Americans.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What's the Difference between the 1995/96 Government Shutdowns and the 2013 Shutdown? A well-summarized hub on this issue.

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