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Are you think you heard -- all listen to this Planned Parenthood and the Clean Air Act funding.
May be what holds up a budget deal and forces the government to shut down.
These small ticket items which really have no place -- government anyway.
Could be -- a deal can't get -- and the shutdown looms with us -- is someone who worked in the White House.
House the last time the government shut down in 1995.
Here with firsthand analysis is my friend and colleague New York Post columnist Kirsten Powers -- and it's a pleasure welcome.
-- love being here thanks for having me of course what what do you think will happen will there be a shut down and if there is how how much of a body blow to the government is this.
While at -- based on what we're hearing right now it looks like there will be some sort of shut down how long it will be it's hard to say it's unlikely it will be as long as it -- in 1995 which was three weeks I think people are thinking it could be over the weekend it could maybe be a week at most.
Precisely because we'll know pretty quickly I think both sides are sort of thinking they have a strong hand here but we'll know very quickly.
How that the American public Crist respond to that respond to this on one side -- end up caving probably.
How did President Clinton address the almost month long.
Shut down I realize we're talking about the history but you were on an aide to President Clinton in the White House during that time.
While -- I was over the US trade representatives office I wasn't in the west wing might you know in this this did drag on for a long time and the reason there was a break and it has I don't know if you remember.
That one -- -- Yeah it's that -- -- ever been was assassinated and ending Ramadan to fly over for his -- -- and we ended up having it Gingrich complaining that and the president didn't negotiate with him on the plane.
And then the White House released a picture and it turned out that they actually have been together when Gingrich is claiming he had been forced to sit in the back of the plane and you have complaining he had to get off in the back and and insert sort of it's just he became -- certain area and that that.
You know Gingrich -- shut the government down because he was mad about sitting in the back of the plane so it eat it all sort of fell apart and it really didn't go very well for -- Republicans think this is it to be a very positive thing.
Is there are more good faith negotiation going on now even as we speak.
I think there was I think that they were pretty close to something the problem is and I do feel for our congressman Boehner he has these this Tea Party people hill.
Really are not willing to negotiate and so they could have had a deal along time ago -- gave you remember any initial Republican daily thirty million dollars you you know that my.
-- with them because you know that I want to shrink the government.
Down to the confines of the constitution but putting aside my own values does this become sort of a game of gotcha.
If one side wants that cut one thing that the other side loves the other side wants to cut something.
That the one side loves war or do they really have a common goal here and -- -- the Tea Party Republicans trying to one up the speaker are the Democrats trying to one up the speaker is he caught in the middle.
Well I I you know I I -- turning him very honest analysis is you know I guess.
-- don't try to be partisan and I really do believe that the Tea Party people are being unreasonable here and that they are putting them -- Republican Party in a bad place and that they and that the Democrats really have negotiated in good faith you know.
Their initial position was they didn't want any cuts they wanted to keep us at 2010 funding.
They they met in the middle.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Quite a bit and actually meeting in the middle is the initial Republican position -- I don't -- given a lot here and and that Republicans are not moving at all.
Are the Tea Party people may be a different breed.
People who believe they were elected to shrink the government down to the confines of the constitution.
And not worry about their future political careers.
Yeah I don't know about that because they -- this they do have a political interest in this because this is a promise that they made.
-- I also am not sure than you know I I think that they are so focused on you know sticking to their principles and they're ignoring the bigger picture -- the bigger picture is.
There -- -- they were arguing over thirty million dollars I mean you know the difference between sixty and and and thirties thirty obviously spending that this is not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things and in the shutting down the government is isn't usually big deal we have I'm.
Does that mean we have about fifteen seconds will they come to a meeting of the minds before midnight tomorrow night what is Kirsten Powers predict.
My guess is now.
My guess is now most people -- grandma I'm wrong kind of including this commentator is agreeing with you -- and it's always a pleasure thanks for joining us next time in the studio.
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