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Looking To The Past For Shutdown Answers

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The best way to predict how the current government shutdown will end may be to go back in time to the 28-day shutdown of 1995-96.

Current Erie Community College President Jack Quinn was a member of the house of representatives during that shutdown, and he says that any shutdown shouldn't last too long.

"Once you're out and shut down for a few days, I think everybody realizes they've proven their point, but they really need to get back to business" said Quinn, who served as the Representative of the former 30th congressional district from 1993 to 2003. "The people send representatives to Washington to get their job done, not to stop working. I think that once it happens for a couple days or a week, then cooler heads do prevail and everybody finds a way to get back at the table."

Quinn also says that the pressure put on representatives to get back to work increases every day. "It seemed to me that the longer this thing (the '95-'96 shutdown) went on, the more the calls increased because what was just a couple of offices that were affected, once you're in to about a week or so it becomes more than that, and then people who only have an occasional connection with their federal government would have that connection occur and then calls would increase and folks that were unhappy would increase."

Quinn said that he is following the shutdown closely because of the ties it may have to federal money that would go to ECC. However he says that even though he has experience being in the middle of a shutdown, he isn't sure how to forecast the current problems because of one hot-button issue.

"The only possibility that this is different from what it was a couple of decades ago, is that you've got the Obamacare ingredient added in to this mess. The fact that there are some people that feel so strongly about this Obamacare they're using the government shutdown to get some leverage, I don't think that was necessarily the case a couple decades ago."

Because of the Obamacare issue, Quinn thinks this shutdown has potential to last longer than it should. "I just don't know how everybody's stuck to that and how long it's worth it to take a principle view on this whole world of healthcare reform."

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10/01/2013 4:39PM
Looking To The Past For Shutdown Answers
How long will the shutdown last?
10/02/2013 8:03AM
Is it too much to call them terrorists?
Perhaps it is. But if the T-bag Republicans' destructive rage leads our country into default and crashes the economy because they refuse to accept the will of the people as expressed through democratic elections, then it's not too much. These treasonous cowards, and everyone who supports them, are terrorists.
10/02/2013 8:46AM
Julia Ioffe ‏@juliaioffe
Haters, I'll say this: Tea Party tactics are most like the Bolsheviks'. Destroy the system from within to impose purist ideological order.
10/02/2013 10:08AM
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