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DECEMBER 6, 2013
Despite backlash, government shntdown looks likely
Barely a month ago, the U.S.
government shut down.
Because of the insistence of a minority
faction within the
led by Sen. Ted
Cruz, unhappy with
afterwards by ABC
Jon Karl about the
possibility of a
responded, "1 would
do anything, and I
will continue to do anything I can, to stop
the train wreck that is Obamacare."
The prospect of another government
shutdown is all the more likely and
frightening in light of recent events.
Senate Democrats recently enacted
a measure, popularly known as the
"nuclear option," to limit filibusters
over judicial and executive nominees.
The move has angered many Republican
leaders, including Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell, who likened the move to a
Democratic "power grab."
The recent exercise of the nuclear
option expounded by upcoming midterm
elections has certainly put pressure on
congressional “ Republicans to oppose
most any Democratic legislation and
further divided the two parties.
While many Republican leaders such
as Sen. John McCain and McConnell
assured us that we will not have another
shutdown, I have yet to be convinced.
With Cruz pushing for another stand
against Obamacare and Republicans
further divided over recent events, as the
Jan. 15 deadline approaches it seems all
the more likely that a second shutdown
However, if history is any indication,
a second government shutdown will not
bode well for the economy, the American
people or the Republican Party.
Remember 1995? The second
government shutdown led to midterm
Republican losses in the House and the re-
election of former President Bill Clinton
over Republican contender Bob Dole.
When a balanced budget was finally
reached afterwards, it was almost
completely on President Clinton's
terms and was hailed as his signature
achievement — not that of Republicans.
Should history dare repeat itself, I fear the
consequences will likely be the same.
"It would be political suicide to have
a second government shutdown after the
disaster of this last one," said Voehringer
Professor of Economics Robert G.
"Even worse than the government
shutdown is questioning the debt limit
of the U.S. government; it showed sheer
idiocy on the part of those wanting to
hold up the increase in the debt limit over
the political debate over Obamacare," he
In addition. Republicans may soon lose
"Businesses are starting to lose
confidence in congressional Republicans,"
said junior and business major Edward
Praley. "Should a second government
shutdown be realized, we may indeed
see former Republican donors start to
reconsider their funding."
Surely the Republicans know better.
We were once a model nation. An
exemplar of progress, democratic
debate and stirring compromise. A
nation of Henry Clay and the Missouri
Compromise, JFK and the space shuttle.
Since the Civil War, we have not
been a country which succumbed to the
pressures of factionalism and risked the
fate of its people over ideological values
and irrational stubbornness.
We had a government that functioned,
a government that did not inflict self-
imposed punishments. What happened?
Our country cannot keep going
from crisis to crisis. We cannot shut
down our government every time we
have a political disagreement. Another
government shutdown means another
economic depression. Another wave of
furloughed workers and unemployed
citizens. Another Republican who will
not be elected or will not be funded.
While I am no forecaster, all the
conditions point to another shutdown. If
my prediction is true, assuredly nobody
will escape unscathed.
Logan botches Benghazi scoop
On Oct. 27,
The only screw-up bigger than the U.S. response to the
terrorist attack in Benghazi has been the media's reporting on
60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan
interviewed Dylan Davies, a former
security contractor who was assigned to
Libya during the terrorist attack.
Davies told a captivating story of how
he attempted to fight off terrorists who
attacked the consulate in Benghazi, Libya,
on Sept. 11, 2012.
His interview reinforced a narrative that
conservative media have salivated over
since the attack.
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The once-stellar credibility of "60 Minutes" has taken
an irreparable hit, compounded by their soft retraction the
Buried at the end of the Nov. 9 telecast, Logan's mea culpa
lasted exactly 90 seconds.
"It was a mistake to include Davies in our report," Logan
said. "For that we are very sorry. The most important thing to
evetyone at '60 Minutes' is the truth, and the truth is, we made
I, having been a reporter this semester, can only conclude
that Logan is not a scapegoat. She is a liar as well. She willfully
ran a story without acknowledging numerous conflicts of
— After an internal review, CBS
concluded the story was mishandled
from the start. The report cited
conflicts of interest between Logan,
CBS News and Dylan Davies.
For example, Logan gave a critical
speech on the U.S. response to
Benghazi before her report.
Also, Logan is married to Josh
Burkett, who was an employee of a
tweeted the National Review's Jonah Goldberg. now-shuttered strategic communications firm hired^ during
Goldberg is correct; the story was a gripping and fascinating the Bush administration to plant positive stories in Baghdad
narrative of the Obama administration's incompetence in newspapers during the Iraq War.
Benghazi. Finally, CBS is the parent company of Simon and Schuster
It was also complete B.S. who was publishing a book by Davies.
Lara Logan's interview became a scandal and rightfully so. On Nov. 26, the guillotine fell on Logan. CBS News made
Dylan Davies is a liar. Logan take a leave of absence.
He told his employer and the FBI that he was nowhere near Logan is still scheduled to be a speaker at the Bryan Series on
the compound at the time of the attack. This information was April 8, 2014.1 urge those who plan the Bryan Series speakers
found within 24 hours of the broadcast by The New York Times to follow CBS's example and cut her from the schedule,
and Washington Post. The impeccable reputation of the Bryan Series should not
However, is Logan a liar or just incompetent? Undoubtedly, suffer a needless loss of credibility by incorporating a person
she and "60 Minutes" bungled this story, but was it really a whose work violates Guilford College's core value of integrity.
season is here
It's the end of the semester, and you take
your $200 book to the College bookstore for
A transaction later, all you get is $20 and a
crisp, "Enjoy your break!"
Astonished? Frustrated? Feeling
But wait until you hear this:
Guilford doesn't control the prices for
book buy-back. And neither does eFollett,
the billion-dollar corporation that provides
Guilford with textbooks.
The culprit is the "Wholesale Book Buying
Guide" that even eFollett must adhere to in
setting prices for textbooks, buy-back rates
and, eFollett's latest option, book rental
Understand this: as soon as you purchase
your books, their value depreciates, just like
that of a car. So after the clerk offers you the
$20, take it and run. Or, do your homework,
and you'll thank yourself for a much
smoother start to winter break.
Homework? Yes, we understand. And
we're here to help. Consider the following:
Buy your textbooks from the bookstore,
and eFollett will buy them back at the end
of the semester. The returned books go back
up on the shelf, and believe it or not, you're
doing a service to fellow Guilfordians and
the College. The next student to buy gets
a discount from eFollett, and the College
profits from the transaction.
If you're not satisfied with the buy-back
plan: buy your textbooks from the bookstore
but sell them on Amazon, Chegg or what-
Better yet (for your wallet and for eFollett):
rent your textbooks from the bookstore for
half the price and just forget about the hassle
of reselling them at the end of the semester.
The options are here. Feel free to pick and
choose, and wherever your money-saving
adventures may take you, good luck.
Refleqing Guilford College's core Quaker values,
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