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(Huffington Post)   According to Standard & Poor's, the government shutdown's total cost will come in around $24 billion. But don't worry, those are in bootstrappy dollars   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 80
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2013-10-17 08:30:33 AM
Maybe the baggers can repay it all with the unicorn rainbow dollars they'll bring back with them from whatever fantasy world they're currently living in. If they ever come back from it, that is.
 
2013-10-17 08:37:11 AM
Hang this on the GOP. Democrats need to remind people that the Republicans wanted this, it sucked balls, it cost the taxpayers billions, and it accomplished NOTHING for them.

Throw these morons out of office. They have no interest in anything other than spite.
 
2013-10-17 08:42:28 AM

CorporatePerson: Hang this on the GOP. Democrats need to remind people that the Republicans wanted this, it sucked balls, it cost the taxpayers billions, and it accomplished NOTHING for them.

Throw these morons out of office. They have no interest in anything other than spite.


According to them, it showed them who the RINOs are now, and who their next primary targets are.  I've seen nothing from the derposphere that suggests they have anything but regret that the default was avoided, that they view anyone that helped avoid default as anything but a traitor, or that they have any plans to "reconsider" their viewpoints.
 
2013-10-17 08:46:08 AM
Lying libs....Foxnews told me it was a government SLIMDOWN
 
2013-10-17 08:56:34 AM

born_yesterday: CorporatePerson: Hang this on the GOP. Democrats need to remind people that the Republicans wanted this, it sucked balls, it cost the taxpayers billions, and it accomplished NOTHING for them.

Throw these morons out of office. They have no interest in anything other than spite.

According to them, it showed them who the RINOs are now, and who their next primary targets are.  I've seen nothing from the derposphere that suggests they have anything but regret that the default was avoided, that they view anyone that helped avoid default as anything but a traitor, or that they have any plans to "reconsider" their viewpoints.


It's going the other way in some circles. The Iowa GOP announced that Steve King will not be a Republican candidate for his own House seat next year... and after that, Tom Latham was one of the Republicans who crossed the lines last night.

Still can't explain Grassley siding with Cruz and Paul. I guess he's just planning to retire after this term.
 
2013-10-17 08:56:35 AM

Aldon: Lying libs....Foxnews told me it was a government SLIMDOWN


Only a Fox News viewer would think going on a diet and coming out weighing 24 pounds more was a successful "slimdown".
 
2013-10-17 09:00:11 AM

impaler: That would fund NPR for what, 1000 years?


No. It would barely cover one week of "Morning Edition" at most. Do you know how many millions Steve Inskeep spend alone each day in hotels around the world? It makes Michelle Obama blush I tell you.
 
2013-10-17 09:01:31 AM
See libterds the shutdown was actually all part of a republican stimulus plan, you're always whining about the economy and how we aren't focusing on jobs now we do and you find a way to whine about that, great we can't win.
 
2013-10-17 09:01:32 AM

heavymetal: LOL, look what the derpers are posting on Facebook. This is supposedly from the "trucker protest". You know the one where a handful of people and a pick-up truck showed up? It sure bears a striking resemblance to the truck strike they had in Italy.

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You not going to see this on the news but there a big trucker protest going on right now in washington d.c. they are blocking all the major highways in protest of what going on in washington. Facebook is blocking the liking and sharing of pics like this. SO REPOST IT AND KEEP IT GOING

But then if all your side has are lies, threats, and "unskewed polls" while being wrong on every level; what else would you expect.


The Washington Beltway has more than its share of rush-hour parking lots, but it has precisely zero toll booths.
 
2013-10-17 09:11:06 AM

Tunk87: Or what it normally spends in, what, 2 or 3 days?


Yes, this is in addition to those costs.  I'm glad you're okay with an unnecessary 1% increase in the cost of the government representing a 5ish% increase in the deficit.
 
2013-10-17 09:19:05 AM
When I say we can build the whole west coast Hyperloop for 24 billion, the response is always "we could NEVER afford that, we're broke". But apparently that's a reasonable sum to make sure John Boehner keeps his speakership.
 
2013-10-17 09:23:02 AM

numb3r5ev3n: Maybe the baggers can repay it all with the unicorn rainbow dollars they'll bring back with them from whatever fantasy world they're currently living in. If they ever come back from it, that is.


I'm torn, between extradition to pay for their crimes against logic and revoking their citizenship to reality and denying them visas so they never come back.
 
2013-10-17 09:59:53 AM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: The Washington Beltway has more than its share of rush-hour parking lots, but it has precisely zero toll booths.


The flyover morons wouldn't know that, and thus, these re-purposed photos will continue to circulate.
 
2013-10-17 10:06:03 AM

Hollie Maea: When I say we can build the whole west coast Hyperloop for 24 billion, the response is always "we could NEVER afford that, we're broke". But apparently that's a reasonable sum to make sure John Boehner keeps his speakership.


Yes, because Boehner hurts people.  Hurting people is top priority for the tea party.
 
2013-10-17 10:08:06 AM

T-Servo: What a collosal waste this has been. And all in an effort to keep people like my wife from getting health insurance?


Well, in all fairness....if your wife gets health insurance IT WILL DESTROY THE FARKING COUNTRY.
 
2013-10-17 10:10:01 AM
Send the house and senate an invoice for it.

/let them decide how to split up the check.
 
2013-10-17 10:10:09 AM

CorporatePerson: Throw these morons out of office. They have no interest in anything other than spite.


And their base will continue to vote them into office for that exact reason.
 
2013-10-17 10:12:52 AM

Jairzinho: impaler: That would fund NPR for what, 1000 years?

No. It would barely cover one week of "Morning Edition" at most. Do you know how many millions Steve Inskeep spend alone each day in hotels around the world? It makes Michelle Obama blush I tell you.


*Nice*

/don't forget...Corey Flintoff must have lap dances
 
2013-10-17 10:17:22 AM

heavymetal: LOL, look what the derpers are posting on Facebook. This is supposedly from the "trucker protest". You know the one where a handful of people and a pick-up truck showed up? It sure bears a striking resemblance to the truck strike they had in Italy.

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You not going to see this on the news but there a big trucker protest going on right now in washington d.c. they are blocking all the major highways in protest of what going on in washington. Facebook is blocking the liking and sharing of pics like this. SO REPOST IT AND KEEP IT GOING

But then if all your side has are lies, threats, and "unskewed polls" while being wrong on every level; what else would you expect.


WND used pictures of a Sturges rally for their "coverage" of the bikers ride on DC.   They know they're being lied to and don't appear to mind.
 
2013-10-17 11:01:36 AM

This was corporate action which caused $24 billion in damage. It's no different than when BP caused $41 billion in damage to the Gulf coast during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Federal government should sue the corporations who did it for the damages they caused.

This was deliberate action by the Heritage Foundation (incorporated February 1973). "We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse," said Michael A. Needham, who runs Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. "At least at Heritage Action, we felt very strongly from the start that this was a fight that we were going to pick."

The Heritage Foundation had repeated support for Ted Cruz during the build up to the Republican shut down. The Heritage foundation provided kits to Republicans to add unrelated riders to "must pass" legislation. Boehner's last minute House bill was killed by a letter from the Heritage Foundation to House Republicans to stop and try again in the elections of 2014. They started it, they stopped it. They pay the House members as contract employees. They should pay to clean up the mess.



"http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/10/16/Boehner-Fail-Why-H o use-Keeps-Blowing-Deals#sthash.k2E9wcG5.dpuf"
 
2013-10-17 11:04:00 AM

born_yesterday: CorporatePerson: Hang this on the GOP. Democrats need to remind people that the Republicans wanted this, it sucked balls, it cost the taxpayers billions, and it accomplished NOTHING for them.

Throw these morons out of office. They have no interest in anything other than spite.

According to them, it showed them who the RINOs are now, and who their next primary targets are.  I've seen nothing from the derposphere that suggests they have anything but regret that the default was avoided, that they view anyone that helped avoid default as anything but a traitor, or that they have any plans to "reconsider" their viewpoints.


Yep. Bizarrely enough, this served as a de facto "purity test" for the crazier bastards in the GOP. Anyone who put country in front of ideology is clearly not a "true" Republican, and must be purged or destroyed. We haven't seen the last stupid act of the extremists - all we can hope for is that the GOP career politicians have learned not to use their political tafurs as muscle, nor to throw in their lot with them next time.
 
2013-10-17 11:16:30 AM

WalkingCarpet: How fiscally conservative of the GOP.


Pretty much.  And I say this as a conservative.
 
2013-10-17 11:34:41 AM

heavymetal: Facebook is blocking the liking and sharing of pics like this. SO REPOST IT AND KEEP IT GOING


1) Hilarious.

2) Self-contradictory.

3) Hilarious.
 
2013-10-17 04:06:43 PM
It took theoretical money out of the Economy because of the multiplier effect, there's no magical $24 billion bill that comes due. It's lost economic opportunity. The taxes paid on the lost activity would have been only a couple a billion if that... You people don't even understand the most basic economic concepts. Instead you all think we should just continue to pump, pump, pump and print dollars because, hell any/all economic activity is great... right... I mean it's all step 3 profit, right... we'll never have to pay back in the future what we are borrowing today, right... right?!?
 
2013-10-17 04:27:44 PM

TheIndependent: It took theoretical money out of the Economy because of the multiplier effect, there's no magical $24 billion bill that comes due. It's lost economic opportunity. The taxes paid on the lost activity would have been only a couple a billion if that... You people don't even understand the most basic economic concepts. Instead you all think we should just continue to pump, pump, pump and print dollars because, hell any/all economic activity is great... right... I mean it's all step 3 profit, right... we'll never have to pay back in the future what we are borrowing today, right... right?!?


Look at all that inflation we have had over the last decade. It's crazy right!?
 
2013-10-17 07:14:59 PM
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2013-10-17 07:17:15 PM

Alphax: UNC_Samurai: Alphax: Oh, and that huge backlog at the VA that everyone complains about?  I think it was starting to finally improve.. until this shutdown.

No snark, I'd like to hear the Daily Show weigh in on that.  They've been the one media entity trying to hold DoVA's feet to the fire, and stuck with the story even when it rotated to the bottom of the news cycle.

Rachel Maddow has covered it periodically, even getting a VA administrator on eventually to get a bit of a grilling over it.


she has Paul Rieckhoff of IAVA on regularly too. he was on during the shutdown.
 
2013-10-17 07:20:08 PM
a local doctor was a call in on talk radio this morning and when ask about the $24 billion said: "oh i don't believe that". when you have that level of denial it's hard to have a conversation.
 
2013-10-17 07:23:52 PM

Curious: a local doctor typical Teabag moron was a call in on talk radio Fark this morning and when asked about the $24 billion said: "oh i don't believe that". when you have that level of denial it's hard to have a conversation.

 
2013-10-17 08:12:04 PM

hubiestubert: Which has sort of been my point during all this folderol. Easier to stay out, than get out.

A lot of stuff has to be restarted. Investigations have been set back, folks have missed medical care, back pay has accrued, and a lot more. Work loads will have to be doubled up on, important work will have have to be stalled. It is about as inefficient a way to "make a point" if you're entire point is "we spend too much gottverdammt money."

But, then what do I know? I'm only in the private sector, and can only understand the importance of maintenance and upkeep, and rolling out labor costs, and juggling deliveries and schedules.

This hissy fit has cost the taxpayers a lot. In the case of National Parks and Utah, it has cost the state money taken from their own tax base, to keep selected park locations open, that their citizens have ALREADY paid for. It is doubling down on DERP, and calling it "vision." It is wasteful, profligate, and immensely stupid, and yet, folks are cheering because it's "their" side. It's all our sides as citizens, and folks just threw away dollars for a hissy. Does that sound particularly "fiscally prudent" to you?

Then again, these are people who consider "scratch tickets" as a "sound investment"...


Now that the government is up and running again, our local Fox channel reported today that local, private businesses suffered because of the furloughs on the base. Before that, they reported that the shutdown wasn't causing any issues other than the park closers, and that only happened because "some people are saying the president was just being mean."
 
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