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Law Professor: U.S. in a 'Fiscal Coma'

October 7, 2013
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The media are trying out different ways to describe the federal government "shutdown," which according to many, isn't a shutdown as much as a slowdown, a waylay, or perhaps a short-term effort to save some cash and make political hay.

Charles Tiefer, professor in the University of Baltimore School of Law and former deputy general counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, tells CNBC that "shutdown" is an overstatement—but it's not easy to come up with a more concise way to describe what is happening inside the government.

"[Y]ou could say the government goes into a coma. Its vital signs are maintained but it ceases most of its activity," Tiefer says.

Read the CNBC article.

Learn more about Prof. Tiefer.