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(WBIR Knoxville)   What does the government shutdown mean to you? Here's the essential Q&A   (wbir.com) divider line 22
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2013-10-01 10:48:12 AM  
2 votes:

Chiquidin: It's not the Republicans fault, it's not the Liberals fault, it's, sadly, not even the president's fault...it simply is the fault of all of them combined.

When one group, the House, is trying to get something going and the other, the Senate, says nope won't do, try again. And even worse is a person in charge that says he'll take action to not pass it if it isn't doesn't done a certain way.

It seems stupid to me that the people can't simply talk together and work it out.


In case you're keeping score, here's the ping-pong that the Senate and House have played since Friday:
Sept. 20: The House passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 15 - but strips funding for Obamacare.
Friday: The Senate passed a so-called "clean" continuing resolution that would have kept the government funded through Nov. 15. It stripped out the language defunding Obamacare.
Saturday: The House decided against passing the Senate's CR, instead attaching to it two "poison pill" amendments that fundamentally altered the Affordable Care Act. The first two House amendments delayed Obamacare by one year and repealed a tax on medical devices.
Monday afternoon: The Senate immediately tabled the two amendments, sending the CR back to the House.
Monday night: The House decided again to not pass a "clean" CR, adding two more Obamacare-related amendments. These amendments delayed just the individual mandate by one year, and added language that would bar lawmakers, Congressional staffers, and administration staffers from receiving federal subsidies for health insurance under Obamacare.
Less than an hour later, the Senate again rejected the House's amendments, putting the ball back in the House's court.


Republicans took Obamacare to the Supreme Court and lost. They took Obamacare to the voters and lost. Now they're refusing to take "NO!" for an answer and are holding the country hostage.
2013-10-01 09:37:18 AM  
2 votes:
For those involved with NIH grants, here is an email I received yesterday:

"Dear Grantee:
As you are aware, the Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ends on September 30, 2013 and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not yet been passed.  The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur, and that there is enough time for Congress to act to prevent a lapse.  However, prudent management requires that we prepare for an orderly execution of contingency plans in the unfortunate event of a lapse.  In the event a continuing resolution or a FY2014 budget is not passed and a lapse of funding occurs, I wanted to provide you with information related to our grant administration processes.
Your particular grant program is funded by appropriations that will be affected by a government shutdown.  As a result, if there is a lapse in funding, HHS' NIH staff will not be available to provide routine administrative support services.  HHS will, however, maintain the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing grant drawdown requests. Given that you have received your award prior to the gap in funding, you may  be able to continue drawing funds from prior awards during an appropriations lapse.  If you received your notice of grant award with restrictive terms and conditions, or if your drawdown request triggers one of the Payment Management System edit checks and/or the drawdown limit controls, you will not be able to drawdown funds.
If you are considering submitting an application for additional HHS federal assistance funding, please be advised that the Grants.gov system will be operational during a lapse in funding and will be accepting applications from prospective grantees.   However, for NIH applications the Grants.gov system will only accept and store applications. Applications will not be processed further until such time as the authority and funding to return to normal business operations are restored.
Please check the website at www.hhs.gov for updates.  Thank you for your assistance with this period of a potential government shut-down and your ongoing support of the NIH. "
2013-10-01 08:03:28 AM  
2 votes:
I have a dream: that one day the White House and Air Force One will be shut down, and the Obama's will walk back to Chicago.
2013-10-01 07:44:29 AM  
2 votes:
The important thing is that Congress will still be paid.  That's a load off my mind.
2013-10-01 07:30:29 AM  
2 votes:

Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.


We aren't freaking out because the government shut down, we're freaking out because it was forced to by a bunch of tea party children.
2013-10-01 07:28:35 AM  
2 votes:
Why do 'non-essential' fed employees have jobs? If they are non-essential, they're not needed.
2013-10-01 07:25:57 AM  
2 votes:
Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.
2013-10-01 11:13:27 AM  
1 votes:
It means in the next congressional election I am voting for the other guy.
2013-10-01 10:07:16 AM  
1 votes:

Ficoce: ElPresidente: Oblio13: I have a dream: that one day the White House and Air Force One will be shut down, and the Obama's will walk back to Chicago.

I also have a dream: That one day, ignorant people like you, however idiotic I find their opinions and arguments, will at least learn how to use apostrophes correctly, and not just insert them at random; and that they will also learn that words following a colon should be capitalised.

/Dumbass
//Or so you can understand it: dumbas's

There is only one sentence after the colon: perfectly proper not to capitalize: spelling capitalize wrong should not be forgiven.


Wrong; your sentence should be separated by either hyphens or semi-colons, not colons; and the spelling depends on where you live - it's with a "z" in uncouth backwater countries, and a "s" when spelled in the original variety, hence the reason the language is known as "English".
2013-10-01 09:37:19 AM  
1 votes:
Lets put the debt crisis in the hands of who it really belongs too:

chartingtheeconomy.com

Now notice the decline over the years between WWII and 1980 - those were almost all Democratic governments.

Then in 1980 Reagan came along.  In the 8 years of Reagan, the debt more than tripled, and in the 4 years of Bush, Sr., it doubled once again. With neocon Republicans running things for 12 years, the debt sextupled. As a percent of GDP, the debt rose to more than 60%.

During the Clinton years the books were balanced and even a surplus occurred.  When he handed over control to Bush Jr the federal government was scheduled to run budget surpluses for at least the next ten years.

"...the GOP is responsible for at least 90% of the current national debt, including most of the deficits they like to blame on Obama, which consist largely of lost revenue from the Republican economic disaster and interest on the debt the GOP ran up. "

Simple maths says if you cut taxes then you get less money.  With what money they do have Republicans do not built up the community, invest in infrastructure, etc, they waste ... spending it all over the place on non-lasting, non-$-returning activities.    Basically they should never be allowed to get anywhere near the treasury of the USA!
2013-10-01 09:26:15 AM  
1 votes:

cards fan by association: It means we all have to endure libertarians using the shutdown of non essential services as an example that we don't need the gub'mint for anything.



What do you call 600,000 non-essential government employees with nothing to do all day but surf the Internet?

Tuesday.
2013-10-01 08:14:43 AM  
1 votes:
Democrats promised me an economic collapse, old and poor people dying in the streets, protest riots, cities burning to the ground ...

This FAQ sucks.
2013-10-01 08:10:40 AM  
1 votes:
Economists say even a short shutdown - of three or four days - would begin to shave decimal points off economic growth. A sustained shutdown of three or four weeks "would do significant economic damage," economist Mark Zandi told USA TODAY.


It's a good thing we aren't in the middle of an anemic recovery following a recession that just fell short of being a full depression or we could be in for some pain.
2013-10-01 08:07:49 AM  
1 votes:
To all those bellyaching about how a literal minority is managing to exert "undue" influence on the system, I'd like to remind you of Prop 8. It was voted on and passed by the majority, but the minority did not  accept defeat. *Note*, I am not in any way saying this is wrong in any sense. Just the opposite, in fact. That's the wonderful thing about this country. In that case, social responsibility was the cause of the minority, and they ultimately prevailed. In this case, fiscal responsibility is the cause of the minority. Let us hope that they prevail as well.
2013-10-01 07:49:32 AM  
1 votes:

CheekyMonkey: The important thing is that Congress will still be paid.  That's a load off my mind.


House republicans should forego their pay.
2013-10-01 07:41:20 AM  
1 votes:
It means I can't go to work. That's shiatty.
2013-10-01 07:38:59 AM  
1 votes:

the_rhino: Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.

We aren't freaking out because the government shut down, we're freaking out because it was forced to by a bunch of tea party children.


awww aren't you precious. nanny will be back soon, don't worry
2013-10-01 07:38:57 AM  
1 votes:
What a farking embarrassment this is. Enjoy the show, rest of the world. The Americans just stepped on their crank again.
2013-10-01 07:35:13 AM  
1 votes:
Soooooo.....basically for most everyone its business as usual.

Alarm go off this morning? Get your morning coffee? Internet connection working? As you drive to wurk, are the traffic lights working? Car running as usual?

Well looky there.....worlds just going on as usual.....really not that big a deal.
2013-10-01 07:33:01 AM  
1 votes:
The way it affects me in Britain is that news about your weak-kneed political time-servers, who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government; who sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent; who are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today; and are crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive, is taking up an inordinate and preposterous amount of space in our newspaper, television and radio reports and thereby displacing news about our weak-kneed political time-servers, who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government; who sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent; who are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today; and are crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive.

So yeah, thanks for that, America - cheers.
2013-10-01 07:32:47 AM  
1 votes:

Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.


ohaithere.  I'm I die hard liberal.

weird... I don't appear to be freaking the hell out.  i guess I need to turn in my die hard liberal card or something.

oh wait!  "On the plus side, watching all the die hard conservatives freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious. "

FTFY.
2013-10-01 07:29:36 AM  
1 votes:
THE PANDA CAM IS GOING DARK.

REPEAT:  THE PANDA CAM IS GOING DARK.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

i.huffpost.com

NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO PANIC.
 
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