Federal Government SHUTS DOWN! Few Notice
Gene Lalor | October 1, 2013
Federal government “shutdowns” are hardly new. Since 1977, there have been 17 such shutdowns of various durations according to the Congressional Research Service:
- September 30 to October 11, 1976 (10 days)
- September 30 to October 13, 1977 (12 days)
- October 31 to November 9, 1977 (8 days)
- November 30 to December 9, 1977 (8 days)
- September 30 to October 18, 1978 (18 days
- September 30 to October 12, 1979 (11 days)
- November 20 to November 23, 1981 (2 days)
- September 30 to October 2, 1982 (1 day)
- December 17 to December 21, 1982 (3 days)
- November 10 to November 14, 1983 (3 days)
- September 30 to October 3, 1984 (2 days)
- October 3 to October 5, 1984 (1 day)
- October 16 to October 18, 1986 (1 day)
- December 18 to December 20, 1987 (1 day)
- October 5 to October 9, 1990 (3 days)
- November 13 to November 19, 1995 (5 days)
- December 5, 1995 to January 6, 1996 (21 days) Yet, despite the dire warnings of Democrats that the sky would fall, that the nation’s economy would virtually collapse, that we may very well damage America’s credit rating, (a goal already achieved by the Obama administration), the sky looks clear, the stock markets are up, God’s in His heaven and all’s as right as it ever was in the world.
- True, many federal workers have been furloughed indefinitely though they will probably get their back pay eventually and tourists can’t get into attractions like the Smithsonian and a few other negatives have resulted from the shutdown so, where is the sky falling but,
- (As this is being written, Republicans are planning legislation to reopen national parks and resume processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.)
- However, a far more pressing issue has been highlighted by said shutdown of the largest employer in our country: Why, in the midst of an unending recession, does our government still employ 800,000 admittedly non-essential people out of a total 2.1 million workers nationwide and why does Barack Hussein Obama’s executive mansion still employ an astounding 12,265 non-essentials out of a total 12,701 when it only needs 436 and why does the president have 90 personal staffers when only 15 are deemed necessary? (Source: USAToday http://tinyurl.com/lkw5yx9)
- Another pertinent question relates to why it should take millions of people–some 500,000 of whom have been added to the bloated federal payroll since Obama took office– to conduct the official and unofficial business of the United States. Is it possible that they are intended chiefly to supplement the Democrat voter base?
- The good news about the shutdown? Vice President Biden would retain 12 staff members plus one additional employee at his Naval Observatory residence in order to do whatever it is he does there and the FLOTUS can keep all of her 24 personal attendants to help her do whatever it is she does.
- And, what’s more important than that?
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