All is Well

Good news America!  The government that spent 634 million dollars and 3.5 years to build a website that doesn’t work, is back!!

The news this morning had a traffic warning from some random woman getting her 15 seconds of fame by reporting that traffic might be tough today around the capital as, “Federal workers will be going in early and staying late because they are absolutely committed to getting the work done.”  Wow.  I wonder who paid her to say that… lol

Anyway, it’s back to normal day to day operations!

The Park Service can go back to staring at stones, monitoring bear crap, and being of little or no assistance, and stop arresting people who came to DC to see monuments erected in their honor.

The IRS can get back to giving special scrutiny to conservative groups and denying them their tax-exempt status.

The State Department can get its best and brightest back to work on covering up what happened in Benghazi, helping jihadists take over governments in the middle east, and misspeaking on trivial matters like Syria and chemical weapons.

The BATF can get back to kicking down doors and shooting people.  As can the DEA, DHS, and pretty much every other federal agency with an armed division (which is almost all of them).

Secret Courts can get back to issuing secret rulings which will be kept…you guessed it…secret.

The NSA can get back to tapping your phones, tracing your movements, downloading your contacts lists, scanning your emails and in virtually every other way invading your privacy.

The FDA can get back to closing down family farms because of food preparation/storage areas that do not meet their strict standards, while allowing a chicken processing plant to continue operations during a salmonella outbreak from chicken produced at that plant.

The EPA can continue to work to close down the coal industry, causing entire regions of our nation to become employment dead zones.

The Whitehouse can continue to lie about everything up to and including what time it is.

The Congress can get back to doing nothing.

Yes, it is a great day in America.  The furlough is over!  The shutdown has ended!  And now it is time to get back to work.  There are entire generations of Americans yet to be born that must be royally screwed, and we’ve precious little time!  Up and at ’em!

 

 

 

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The Sky is Falling

So here we are in day 3 of the 2013 government “shutdown”.  And let me tell you, people are up in arms.

First, let me address the fact that the government is not in fact shut down.  81% of the government is operating according to Senator Rand Paul.  I am in fact, at work today as are a whole lot of other people.

Nevertheless, some of my more, how shall we say… moderate, associates are beginning to sound the alarm.  This shutdown is now impacting local small business!  There are real people being hurt here!

We are running a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit.  We are borrowing 40% of our spending from China.  We are on course to having a 17 trillion dollar debt by the time Obama leaves office, and we are adding the ACA with it’s trillions in new costs to that.  You’re right…real people ARE being hurt here.  Every day that the government just continues on with business as usual the entire country, and future generations, are being hurt here.

If you have ever dealt with the IRS when they were clearly wrong and you tried to get them to understand that…you may have dealt with some bureaucrat that sat on the phone with you explaining that there was nothing they could do to help you.  They may have even read to you from a law or regulation, while they told you there was nothing they could do to help you.

If the EPA has ever condemned your property or taken it by force because some owl lives in a tree somewhere on it, you may have gotten the same result while trying to work it out with them

In short, if you have EVER had to deal with any person representing an agency of our federal government, you may have found that in general, they didn’t give a crap about your problems.  They were not there to help, or to serve the public,.  They were there to clock 40 for 30 years and retire, and your problems weren’t their problems.

Well now they have problems.  And their problems are not my problems.  I am at work, and they are not.  And if something bad should happen to some of them as a result of not being paid, I will lose as much sleep over it as they do when a family is kicked off their property because of a tax lien or a spotted owl.

Do you realize that the Park Service brought people back off furlough to stand guard and attempt to deny citizens access to national monuments?  Does that make sense?  If the freakin guard is there anyway…why shouldn’t the people be allowed in?

This brings up a more fundamental question to me.  Who the hell do these monuments and parks belong to anyway?  It seems rather apparent that they belong to the federal government and we are simply allowed to look at them when the government says so.

People were kicked out of hotels at Yellowstone and told they had to vacate the park because the government is shut down.  What??  So now hotels can’t care for guests, restaurants can’t feed them, roads can’t support traffic, and bears can’t shit in the woods without the government?  Somebody better go check Old Faithful!  I’m sure the geyser stopped erupting since the Park Service is on furlough.  The waterfalls stopped running…. pavement lost its rigidity…hell the fabric of the universe itself may begin to unravel.

We are operating under a false premise here.  The federal government does not exist to provide jobs to people.  When a business closes up shop and lays people off or fires them we do not have days of reporting on it.  But now we do.  Why?  Because it’s taken for granted that once you sit your big ass in a seat on the government payroll you are employed for life?

“What will the people do?”  Oh I don’t know… what have the 2+ million people who have been unemployed everywhere else had to do for the last few years?

The Maryland/DC/Virginia region has been spared the economy that the rest of the nation has been facing for years.  Boohooing about facing a couple of days of it now is a bit unseemly.

The federal government was constituted to regulate interstate trade, provide for the national defense, and oversee international treaties.  Three words, “the general welfare” have been used to justify ALL the rest of what you see.

Yes I know people get put in tough spots.  I have been laid off in the past.  I know what it means to scrape by.  I have been poor.  I have lived in section 8.  I have had to make up child support that I couldn’t pay while I had no job.  But it breaks down like this.  If you walk in to a place and tell the man in charge that you want him to send home everyone that is not essential to the performance of the duties of the office…and 800,000+ people walk out… there’s a problem.

800,000!!  Really?  Is it possible that 2% of them are not only non-essential they are also not performing any useful function?  In other words, is it possible they are just “fluff”?

If it is possible…how about 3%?  4%?  what’s 5% of 800,000?  Well….it’s 40,000.  And if the average federal wage is 50k…  see where I’m going?

A friend of mine just expressed on her Facebook page that it is right to be concerned about your own welfare and that of your neighbors.  Let me express an old fashioned idea.  Perhaps we should be concerned about the well being of the nation.  Perhaps we should “Ask not what your country can do for you…”

Perhaps, in order to salvage the Republic, some people may have to be inconvenienced.  Some may even have to suffer.  Perhaps one of those will be me.  If so, I do not welcome it.  But I will bear it.  Because in the end I love this country, and what we see here is not what it was meant to be, what it is supposed to be, or what we should allow it to be.

If we need to shut it down for awhile to get things sorted out.  So be it.  And if some people suffer as a result, that’s unfortunate.  But let me throw a little DMX in here to wind this up.

“To live is to suffer.  To survive, is to find meaning in the suffering.”

Today is the Day

This morning is a momentous day in America.  Today is the day we all wake up, look around, and realize exactly how little impact the government shutdown actually has in our personal lives.

Social security checks are still going to go out.  Food stamps, welfare, unemployment…will all still be paid.  The military continues its mission.  Life goes on.  For the vast majority of Americans, nothing changes.

It’s also the day that the media will begin showing us all manner of “furloughed” federal workers.  Our heartstrings will be tugged on behalf of these poor, wretches…who will be taking a paid vacation for the next little while.  But the question only a few will ask, most will never think about, and no one will answer is….why do we have so many “non-essential” personnel on the federal payroll?

Yes, today is the day you get a glimpse of how much government we have that we do not actually need.

Today is also the day that the ACA kicks in.  Well…not the employer mandate.  And not for the people who received one of 1100 exemptions issued by Executive fiat (royal decree), and certainly not for Congress, the White House, or their respective staffs.  But for you every day schmoes out there…today is your day!

If you woke up in Mississippi this morning, there are no exchanges.  Not a single insurance company in the state decided to participate.

If you woke up in California this morning and you had an insurance plan through Humana, surprise!!  They left.

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who got their hours cut back or whose employer dropped your health plan… boy have we got a deal for you!!  Somewhere between 50 and 75 percent more is what you can expect to pay.  Good luck!

Yes folks, today more than any other day in my lifetime, America gets to find out what happens when you elect European Socialists.  (Hint:  They adopt European Socialism)

You might want to start studying up on France, because that’s where we’re headed.  30% unemployment, taxes through the roof, smelly people running around…

Okay, I’ll give you that we’ve had smelly people running around for a long time.  But that’s beside the point.

It’s going to take time.  Rome wasn’t destroyed in a day.  But we’re on our way.

Welcome to “Liberals Gone Wild”!  I guarantee it’s not going to be as pretty as that other “Gone Wild” series.

 

 

 

Thoughts on the Government Shutdown

Apparently, the nation is the government.  At least according to one democrat who said on the floor of the House that Republicans do not love the country, “Because if you did you would not be closing it down.”  So apparently, if the bloated, intrusive federal government is closed for a couple of days, America will cease to exist.

In the news today was the fact that one of the people inconvenienced by a government shutdown would be campers at National Parks, who will be sent home.  Apparently the woods cannot remain open, and citizens will be unable to pitch a tent without direct supervision and/or assistance from federal employees.  One wonders how the country was settled in the first place?  Who monitored the cowboys crossing the plains to insure that their tents met specs?  Who monitored the woods to make sure that if a tree falls in the forest there is ALWAYS someone there to hear it?

Employees at the Treasury Dept. are up in arms about the use of the term “non-essential employees”.  Apparently it has dawned on them that people might rightly ask, if you’re non-essential why are we paying your salary?  It also belies the fact that our government is bloated with all manner of unnecessary people.  Nearly a million of them by some counts.

The fact is that after the shutdown in 95 the first thing Clinton did was sign an order giving retroactive pay to those people who were furloughed.  So, while our government does all manner of things to destroy the economy, cost working men and women their jobs, increase our taxes, and force us on to health plans we don’t want, none of those things are true for them.

They have job security, are exempted from Obamacare, and when they get laid off for a week or so, they get all their pay anyway.

So here is the truth in a nutshell.

What we are actually doing is giving a paid vacation to a bunch of people who are, by definition, not essential employees anyway.  And the propaganda machine has convinced enough people that this is a disaster, that half the country is upset about it.

America will survive.  In fact, if we shutdown the government regularly, for long periods of time, America would be better off.  IMHO