Federal government ‘shut down’ as nation yawns

Oct 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Employee Abuse, Furloughs & Layoffs, Off Opining, Paco's Podium, Spotlight

Regardless of who you blame for the shut-down, we get the government we deserve

Regardless of whose to blame for the shut-down, we invariably get the government we deserve–We just have to wait a week or two to get it back.

Déjà vu:  CO’s will work during furlough…sans pay

Correctional Officers, Border Agents and most uniformed LEO’s on the federal payroll are not being furloughed during the federal government shutdown.  Instead, as with California CPO’s during the Schwarzenegger Administration, officers will be required to work for no pay.  In theory, that is.

Given the near certainty the shutdown will last only a few days to as many weeks, it is unlikely the working LEO’s will experience much more than a delay in receiving their checks, insofar as the Personnel staff are staying home.

In any event, bleak predictions notwithstanding, the shut-down will be  no more catastrophic than the “sequester” cuts — The cuts conventional wisdom held would bring the sky down.

Reality was and is another matter — To the chagrin of most pundits, the sequester is a continuing success story.

According to Stephen Moore, editorial board member and senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal, “the Budget Sequester is a success.”

“Consider the numbers: According to the Congressional Budget Office, annual outlays peaked at $3.598 trillion in fiscal 2011. After President Obama’s first two years in office, many in Washington expected that number to hit $4 trillion by 2014. Instead, spending fell to $3.537 trillion in fiscal 2012, and is on pace to fall below $3.45 trillion by the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30). The $150 billion budget decline of 4% is the first time federal expenditures have fallen for two consecutive years since the end of the Korean War…”(more)

Ultimately, a good number of people will be inconvenienced by this hiccup — A majority of federal workers will be later than usual paying their bills and it will be back to business as usual.

Profligate spending is taking a vacation, that’s all. It will be home before we get the post-card.

Aloha. –

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One Comment to “Federal government ‘shut down’ as nation yawns”

  1. kl2008a says:

    How many remember that classic line from the movie “Network” that goes “I’m mad as hell and not gonna take it any longer!”? My bone to pick with this whole government shutdown crap is that to date, I have not read of a single dollar reduction in foreign aid as a result of sequestering or the Government shutting down. All items cut were for the express purpose of hurting the American taxpayer/working people the most! WTH is wrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!!

    Both Democrats and Republicans say, “We’re broke” and can’t help our own Veterans, Seniors, Orphans, Homeless, Etc. But, over the last several years THEY have provided direct cash aid to:

    • Hamas – $351 M,
    • Libya $1.45 B,
    • Egypt – $397 M,
    • Mexico – $622 M,
    • Russia – $380 M,
    • Haiti – $1.4 B,
    • Jordan – $463 M,
    • Kenya – $816 M,
    • Sudan – $870 M,
    • Nigeria – $456 M,
    • Uganda – $451 M,
    • Congo – $359 M,
    • Ethiopia – $981 M,
    • Pakistan – $2 B,
    • South Africa – $566 M,
    • Senegal – $698 M,
    • Mozambique – $404 M,
    • Zambia – $331 M,
    • Kazakhstan – $304 M,
    • Iraq – $1.08 B,
    • Tanzania – $554 M,

    …with literally Billions of Dollars and they still hate us!!!!

    But on the other hand, our retired seniors, living on a ‘fixed income’, receive NO aid! Nor do they get any breaks, while our government and religious organizations will pour hundreds of billions of $$$$$$’s and tons of food to ‘Foreign Countries’! Where as Illegals are given all kinds of financial aid they are ineligible for.

    And another atrocity…. We have Hundreds of adoptable ‘American Children’ who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of ‘Foreign’ orphans. AMERICA, a country where we have countless children going to bed hungry and the mentally ill without treatment — etc. Angelina Jolie – are you listening (probably not as it doesn’t get the level of media attention she seeks).

    They will have a ‘Benefit Show’ for the people of Haiti, on 12 TV Stations. Ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, and medical supplies.

    Now Just Imagine if our own “GOVERNMENT” gave ‘US’ the same support they give to foreign countries and Illegals.

    To say I’m pissed would be an understatement! I’m mad as hell and not gonna take it any longer!