BY BYRON YORK | OCTOBER 5, 2013 AT 1:01 PM
Everyone knows the phrase “government shutdown” doesn’t mean the entire U.S. government is shut down. So in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not?
One way to measure that is in how much money the government spends. In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government’s discretionary spending in any given year. And that is still flowing. So if you took that money, and added it to all the entitlement spending that is unaffected by a shutdown, plus all the areas of spending that are exempted from a shutdown, and added it all together, how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down?
I asked a Republican source on the Senate Budget Committee for an estimate. This was the answer: “Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue. This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.”
So the government shutdown, at least as measured by money spent, is really a 17 percent government shutdown. Perhaps that is why the effects of the shutdown, beyond some of the most visible problems, like at the monuments and memorials on the Washington Mall, don’t seem to have the expected intensity. Seventeen percent of federal expenditures is still a huge amount of money, and the shutdown is affecting many people. But many more who are dependent on federal dollars are still receiving their money, either as salary, transfer payment, or in some other form. Viewed that way, it’s no wonder both Republicans and Democrats appear to believe they can last the shutdown out, at least for a couple of weeks until they try to resolve the debt limit crisis due to arrive October 17.
October 11, 2013 | Categories: Blogging, Life, Military Life, Politics: The good(ish) and the bad | Tags: #HarryReidsShutdown, #RecallReid, 17%, conservatives, DEBT CRISIS, DEFUND THE GOP, DefundObamacare, democrats, FIRE ALL POLITICIANS, government shutdown, IDIOT POLITICIANS, impeach obama, liberals, liberals are destroying America, libertarians, mouth breathers, obamatrons, Politics, republicans, SAVE SOME MONEY, SPENDING BUDGET, STAND STRONG, tea party, TIRED OF THIS SHIT, WASHINGTON EXAMINER, WHEN WILL THE MEDIA BEGIN REPORTING TRUTH INSTEAD OF PROPAGANDA | Leave a comment
So, the Obamatrons are slinging their own propaganda. Let’s have a little discussion about the above Facebook photo of the day.
She claims to be 34, her job did not offer healthcare benefits, and she was found to have tumors in her body. All righty then, I have a few questions. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say she started working at the age of 18. Why, in the last 16 years of working, have you not bothered to get a medical insurance plan of your own? Do you believe that your employers have to provide you with healthcare for you to have it? A better question is, were you delusional enough to believe that you were invincible and would never need serious medical coverage? How is it possible for you to be this stupid?
Okay, so now she is worshipping her lord and savior, the People’s Dictator, President Obama because she “has healthcare for the first time in her life, after she was diagnosed with a serious illness.” Riddle me this, Batgirl, do you think it is okay that millions of Americans will have to pay more for less service In order to afford a couple hundred thousand people the right to mooch off the system? People who actually planned for all eventualities in life are punished by the People’s Socialist Republic of America because a couple hundred thousand were either too lazy, too stupid or lacked initiative to ensure their own health was covered. Now you depend on the state and millions of Americans who actually bust their asses to make a living and provide for their families.
I am honestly ashamed of my “fellow Americans” at this point in life. My next stop will either be a deserted island or Antarctica to live with the damned penguins. You people are oxygen thieves.
After posting this, a friend of mine who tends to be my political polar opposite had this to say,
It seems a little fake, honestly. How did she buy her insurance on the marketplace, see a specialist, schedule, and receive surgery in just a few days. The time line makes no sense on this picture.
Another excellent point. The failed technical marvel known as the Healthcare Exchanges, by all accounts, except for those espoused by the idiots on Capitol Hill, is a whopping failure. Those in the know in the field of web design say these abortions aren’t even good enough for beta testing. And yet, our little wonder girl up there has accessed, received a plan, scheduled appointments with specialists and receives surgery since 1Oct13. Uh, what alternate universe does she live in? In this dimension, does socialism actually work?
October 10, 2013 | Categories: Blogging, Life, Military Life, Politics: The good(ish) and the bad | Tags: #DefundtheGOP, #HarryReidsShutdown, #ImpeachObama, congress, DefundObamacare, democrats, Democrats are destroying America, failures of leadership, fucking idiot liberals, government shutdown, liberals, libertarians, libtards, mouth breathers, Obamacare, obamatrons, Propaganda, Recall Reid, republicans, senate, tax payers, tea party, there is no such thing as a free lunch, unconstitutional laws | Leave a comment
October 2, 2013 | Categories: Blogging, Life, Military Life, Politics: The good(ish) and the bad | Tags: #HarryReidsShutdown, #RecallDurbin, #RecallFeinstein, #RecallMcCain, #RecallReid, congress, DefundObamacare, democrats, DESTRUCTION OF THE U.S. BY LIBERALS AND COWARDS, Fire them all, government shut down, government shutdown, Harry Reid had the opportunity this afternoon to avert a government shutdown, liberals, liberals are destroying America, liberals will ignore this, Liberals would reject their own mothers if she didn't follow them blindly into destruction, libertarians, MakeDCListen, Obama, Obamacare, obamatrons, politicians, Politics, President Reagan, Reagan, republicans, Ronald Reagan, senate, shutdown, speech, tea party, we the people, YouTube | Leave a comment
Welcome to the Socialist Republic of America. You will be forced to work to provide for those who refuse to get up off their asses. You will have an unwanted healthcare system jammed down your throat because the ruling regime wishes it so. You will be stripped of your right to protect yourself, your family, your home and your country. You will be stripped of your voice and your will. Your military will be a conscripted one, the militant arm of the corporate regime in charge. They will not be paid as they are forced to rush head long into combat in nations that have no strategic or monetary value, purely for the dictator’s ego. Your “elected” officials will disregard everything you say. They will execute their own wishes, regardless of the overwhelming sentiments of the populace. You will be punished. You will be punished for speaking your mind. You will be punished for practicing your faith. You will be punished of you fail to buy into the regime’s schemes. Welcome comrade, you will be allotted a job when one becomes available. You will be forced to work twice, thrice, as hard for pay that will barely allow you to survive. You will be forced to ingest fruits, vegetables and animals that have been treated with the bioengineered wonders of our regime. You will be tested. You will be controlled. You will be a slave to your corporate masters. You will be arrested, tried in sham courts, and crucified by the agenda driven media for attempting to save your own life. You will be vilified for taking a stand, for trying to lead as you swore to do. You will be threatened. You will be beaten. You will be cajoled. The sweat from your brow and labor of your back will drive the recreation of this nation, with no morale principles, no work ethic, the desire to only take and not give. You will be enslaved to your masters. You will watch all that you believe in, shrivel and die. You will receive only what the regime allows you to have. You will be surrounded by enemies who claim to stand for you. They will give trinkets to those who allow themselves to be enveloped and assimilated into the system. You will not be free. You are not free. If you stand against them, you will be labeled a traitor. You will be hunted. You will be starved. You will be deprived. In the end, you will join their empire or die.
You will never again decide for yourself. You will be told how to act, what to believe, what to buy, what to eat, whether you will work or will not work. You will be instructed in all facets of your life. Your only purpose, the only meaning for your existence, will be to build the wealth and grandeur of your overlords.
You have been lied to, you have been tricked, you have been stolen from. The masters will dispose of the foundations of this once great nation and replace them with their own decrees. You will obey. You will obey or suffer their wrath.
Say goodbye to that which once made this nation great. Say goodbye to the freedoms you enjoyed. Prostrate yourself before the wisdom and benevolence of your chosen dictator. He was not the leader you needed, but the one you wanted. Did you choose wisely?
This is not a test. Welcome to the Socialist Republic of America. We are in distress.
Stand together or die alone.
September 27, 2013 | Categories: 2nd Amendment, Blogging, Life, Military Life | Tags: "Affordable" Healthcare Act, 1776-2013, 1st Amendment, 2nd amendment, a nation dying, AGENDA 21, America, American Revolution, american way of life, Barack Obama, cloture, communism, congress, conservatives, cowards & lackeys, cruz, death of freedom, DEATH OF LIBERTY, dennis ross, destruction of america, Diane Feinstein, DICTATOR FOR LIFE, distress, divided we fall, DON'T TREAD ON ME, First Amendment, freedom, Freedom of Speech, GMOs, government shutdown, harry reid, jobless, john mccain, liberals, libertarian, liberty, loss lf allegiance, loss of faith, MARCO RUBIO, military life, mitch mcconnel, MONSANTO, NEW WORLD ORDER, Obamacare, open your eyes, out of work, paul, pawns of the emperor, POLICE STATE, politicians, Politics, regime, REST IN PEACE, return america, REVOLT, Second Amendment, senate, sic vis pacem para bellum, sign of distress, socialism, socialist state, stand together or die alone, Syria, TAKE A STAND!, take back america, taxes, tea party, TED CRUZ, the american dream, this is not what millions have died for, U.N., U.S. Constitution, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, united we stand divided we fall, wake the fuck up, we the people, welfare, welfare state, work | Leave a comment
September 26, 2013 | Categories: 2nd Amendment, Blogging, Life, Military Life | Tags: 1.8 percent raise, 13.5-percent pay gap, 2nd amendment, AGENDA 21, air force, all-volunteer force, always on the chopping block, army, Army life, Barack Obama, BEGINNING OF THE END, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNS News, coast guard, concealed carry, congress, congressmen, conservatives, Contact your senators and your congressman, debt, defund obamacare, democrats, destruction of america, Do not lose your rights, DON'T TREAD ON ME, Employment Cost Index, failure, failure of leadership, Fiscal Year 2014, fort Bragg, FY 14, Get informed, government, government shut down, gun control, gun laws, HARRY REID IS A TWAT, HOMELAND SECURITY, House defense appropriations subcommittee, House of Representatives, impeach obama, JOHN KERRY, Learn from history, liberals, liberals are destroying America, libertarians, libtards, Life, MARCO RUBIO, marines, mid month pay, Military, military life, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), military pay, MITCH MCCONNELL, national deficit, navy, NEW WORLD ORDER, NO TO RATIFICATION, Obama, Obama Reduces 2014 Pay Hike for U.S. Troops, obamatrons, open carry, patriot, patriotism, PATRIOTS, Pay Cap, PERSONAL DEFENSE, POLICE STATE, President Obama, private sector, RAND PAUL, Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, republicans, right to bear arms, right to keep and bear arms, save America, Second Amendment, SECRETARY OF STATE, section 1009(e) of title 37, self defense, senate, senators, shut down, slaves to the regime, Still Fighting in Afghanistan, tea party, TED CRUZ, term limits, troop morale, troop pay, U.N., U.S., U.S. military personnel, UN ARMS TRADE TREATY, UN TREATY ON ARMS REGULATION, UNITED NATIONS, United States, United States Code, violation of contract, VOTE NO, wag the dog, washington, WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THOSE WHO WOULD DESTROY AMERICA, weakened retention and readiness | Leave a comment
September 22, 2013 | Categories: 2nd Amendment, Blogging, Life, Military Life | Tags: 2nd amendment, can't follow basic concepts so let's add more stupid laws, concealed carry, conservative, firearms, fucking idiots, gun control, guns, law, liberal logic, liberals are destroying America, libertarian, murder, open carry, politicians, politicians suck, right to bear arms, self defense, tea party | Leave a comment