Lack of Military Pay, No Museums or Passports, ABC Highlights Liberal Warnings
Published: 4/6/2011 12:34 PM ET
Not paying U.S. military officers, closed museums and a lack of passports were just some of the potential problems highlighted by Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Wednesday. The ABC reporter discussed a possible government shutdown and warned that without a deal, "...Troops, including those on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, may not get their paychecks."
Karl didn't note that a Republican plan rejected by Democrats would fund the government for another week and the military through September. Co-host George Stephanopoulos teased the segment by fretting, "Will your tax refund be delayed? Could American troops on the front lines actually not get paid?"
(Karl did reference this distinction on Tuesday, insisting that the $12 billion in spending cuts the Republicans required were a "steep price" to pay for the continuing resolution.)
Guest co-host Elizabeth Vargas touted the President's frustration over the budget impasse: "And the President called an impromptu news conference yesterday, lecture the Republicans to start acting like grown-ups. He's very exasperated. It was a quite a different tone."
Stephanopoulos did allow that Republicans are "grumbling" that Obama hasn't "gotten his hands dirty."
Karl then played up other areas of pain where a shutdown would be felt: "And there's the national parks and museums across the country. Treasures like Old Faithful and Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite's half dome, will be closed to visitors. And if you don't already have a passport, don't even think about leaving the country."
A transcript of the April 6 segment, which aired at 7:03am EDT, follows: