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Marti Oakley

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It made absolutely no difference who won the 2016 presidential election. We can vote all we want, but the flight plan doesn’t change. We are being steered to a predetermined end with the only difference being which road we take to get there. This translates into …who will be allowed to profit most from the journey? We already know who will pay the bill.

Trump’s biggest problem was and is that he thought he was actually going to be running things…he’d be the “boss”. He’s obviously had his butt handed to him and now has back peddled on EVERY campaign promise he made. And we are just verging in the end of the first 100 days of his administration.

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Here we go again. The threat of a so-called “government shutdown”. IF only that would happen on a level beneficial to the country. But it won’t. Nothing that affects the daily grinding of federal agencies as they mismanage employees, programs and massive amounts of money will be affected. Both houses of congress will continue to gather and to collect their pay checks, their golden fleece insurance perks and, bribery from special interests hand delivered by lobbyists. Of course, we don’t dare call it bribery; we call it “campaign donations”, “political contributions” and other euphemisms meant to disguise the pay-to-play business of government.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2013/10/01/whats-affected-government-shutdown

Checking a list of government agencies affected in 2013 and 2015, it is apparent that the only people and agencies affected to any degree, are low-level staffers and even lower level employees of agencies.

A sample from that list:

  • Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
  • Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits will close to the public.
  • And, veterans’ compensation, pension, education and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown.
  • Every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, will be immediately closed.
  • New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.
  • Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
  • Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportations projects will stop, preventing companies from working on these projects.
  • Loans to rural communities will be halted.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees including many charged with protecting us from terrorist threats, defending our borders, inspecting our food, and keeping our skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown ends.
  • Hundreds of thousands of additional Federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.

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About that government shutdown…..

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new-logo25Submitted by:  Calin

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If wishes was horses then beggars would ride,

but, if turds was biscuits they’d eat til they died.

If only this dialogue box would actually appear………

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Merriam-Webster Unabridged – IDIOT – definition 3.b.:

“a person who fails to exhibit normal or usual sense, discrimination, or judgment especially at a particular time or in respect to a particular subject.”

It’s official: the Land of 10,000 Lakes (actually 11,842 of 10 acres or larger) has hung out the “Closed”  signs.

72 Republican representatives (of 134) and 37 Republican senators (of 67) have cemented their place in history, stonewalling Democratic Governor Dayton into a shutdown of all but essential services in the State of Minnesota.

It would seem that the sobriquet ‘idiot’, as defined above, most certainly applies.

That this current batch of know-nothings has allowed the closing of all the State Parks on the Fourth of July weekend defies common sense.

But that could be the least of it. Also threatened is the welfare of some of society’s most vulnerable – children, seniors, and veterans.

On June 27, 2011, Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio stated that the “potential shutdown could cost millions while causing long-term damage.”

A much more limited shutdown in 2005 under then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty cost the state an estimated $12 million dollars.

You might expect the 2005 shutdown would be a good source of comparison, but there were many differences, including the fact that Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Legislature had approved several appropriations bills before the partial shutdown.

At the time, state Department of Employee Relations Commissioner Cal Ludeman estimated the shutdown cost the state at least $12 million, including $10 million in lost productivity. Ludeman, who coordinated that shutdown, told reporters then that it would take weeks to know the true cost of the shutdown, but it appears no formal analysis was done.

The time-worn adage applies: “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”
(George Santayana)

ORPDGPSTDER : GAO Doublespeak

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How a "Social Contract" is supposed to work.

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The riveting 345 page Government Accounting Office bestseller is hot off the presses!

For those of us who wonder what S510 was really for in the first place, don’t worry – there is no mention of “harmonizing” the entire food system under one “super-stellar ultra-powerful” (SSUP) governmental organization to starve the little people into submission – the proposal presented is just to save money!

According to Representative Rosa De Lauro from Connecticut:

“… the study provides additional evidence for the need to consolidate food safety oversight into one independent agency.
“I have introduced legislation that would establish such an agency since 1999 and believe that this is a critical step toward preventing foodborne illnesses and protecting public health,”

If one should choose to waste a few hours perusing this interesting PDf entitled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue,” (ORPDGPSTDER)  (alternate Text option here) look for such stirring passages as: More

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