Rick Snyder: Shutdown Would Be Major 'Failure Point' for Nation

Friday, 27 Sep 2013 11:34 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder criticized lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Thursday for "fighting and yelling" at one another, while insisting that a threatened government shutdown is not an acceptable solution to dealing with the nation's problems.

"There's something wrong with the culture here," the Republican said Thursday during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), The Washington Post reported. "This is not how we should operate. It shouldn't be about people fighting and yelling."

Snyder added that a government shutdown would be "a disaster."

"Without picking one side or the other, or saying one did it to the other or blaming anyone, this is a major potential failure point," he said, according to Politico.

"And it shouldn't happen. The concept of shutting down our government or defaulting on debt is just something that should be unacceptable."

The speech by Snyder, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for national office, was thoroughly covered by media outlets, all of which focused on his comments blaming both parties for the gridlock on Capitol Hill and encouraging them to get it together.

"If the government either defaulted or shut down, that would be terrible," Snyder said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "The consequences would be felt by everyone."

"Just think what Washington would be like if there was an agreement that there would be no blame, and no credit?" the Michigan Republican asked at one point in his AEI speech, the Journal noted. "There would be a lot of working being done, because there would be no time left for anything else. They should give it shot here."

Snyder joins a handful of governors who have recently weighed in on the budget fight between Republicans and the Democrats. New Jersey's GOP Gov. Chris Christie also expressed sentiments similar to Snyder's on Thursday in an interview scheduled to air Sunday on "CBS This Morning."

"I think it's always irresponsible if you're running the government to be advocating for shutting it down," he said.




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