Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown Makes Its Debut In Campaign Ads

Oct 24, 2013

The federal government shutdown ordeal only recently ended, but candidates on both sides of the aisle are already on the air with ads aiming to turn the impasse to their advantage.

Knight Foundation President on CEO Alberto Ibarguen, former Miami Herald publisher, on the state of journalism in America.

Jim recaps the federal budget & debt ceiling showdown in Congress, the government shutdown and who were the winners and losers. Activist Faye Williams and Political Consultant Clay Young joins Jim in the discussion.


The USDA is back to funding its meals program for low-income seniors. That's good news for those who depend on the weekly food deliveries, which stopped during the government shutdown.

Across Michigan, tens of thousands of seniors turn to dozens of agencies for assistance. In Grand Rapids, where we first reported on the program freeze, a local agency is playing catch-up, relying on volunteers to fill the void.

With the double crises of a partial government shutdown and a potential debt default resolved, it's a good time to consider some of the lessons we learned from the dysfunction and drama of recent weeks.

Here are 10 of them:

Shutting Down The Government Is Not A Winning Political Strategy

Since the start of the fiscal standoff that led to a government shutdown and a flirtation with a historic debt default, Democrats have been led by the tag team of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

At times, their tactics resembled the good cop, bad cop routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.

Former Minnesota Governor, professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura discusses the federal government shutdown fiasco and his new book, "They Killed Our President", about the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Actor John Mese, who grew up in Baton Rouge and attended LSU, talks about his new film, "The King of Herring".


The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.

But the fights that have resulted in the government shutdown have turned that cliche upside down.

This time, it's the Tea Party and its allies in Congress calling the shots. The "establishment" — on Capitol Hill and in the business community — has so far been on the outs.

You can hear the frustration in the voice of 11-term Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., as he runs a gantlet of reporters at the Capitol.

"I'm just more concerned about there not being a clean CR," he says amid the hubbub.

This week's government shutdown could be just a warmup for an even bigger budget battle in a couple of weeks.

Congress has to raise the limit on the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow by Oct. 17. If the debt ceiling is not raised on time, President Obama warns that Washington won't be able to keep paying its bills.

"It'd be far more dangerous than a government shutdown, as bad as a shutdown is," Obama said Tuesday. "It would be an economic shutdown."

Jim talks with Louisiana Republican State Chairman Roger Villere about the government shutdown and the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Former Congressman Jim McCrery joins the discussion to talk about the latest on Capitol Hill.

Opera Singer Donna Lee returns back to her home state of Louisiana to perform at the Manship Theatre on Sunday. Jim talks with Donna about her upcoming show "Songs from Exile, I'm a Stranger Here Myself".