The stories we are reading about the Federal government closing open-air monuments, federal parks and even private businesses operated on federal property is infuriating. There is no reason for it at all, and in many cases President Obama is spending more funds to close an area than needed to leave it open.
The administration wants every single person in the United States to see and feel this shut down. They want to tick people off. They go out and exclusively blame the Republicans for this, and the media lapdogs will agree. They are liars. This government shutdown falls exclusively at the feet of Sen. Harry Ried (D-Nev.), the Senate Democrats and the president.
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The Republicans have compromised, and in recent days there have been bi-partisan bills passed in the House to fully fund many aspects of the federal government. Yet, the Senate won’t bring them to the floor or even discuss them. Democrats demand an all-or-nothing continuing resolution to keep the beast running. Republicans and many Democrats in the House would be fine with funding the government in chunks, department by department. There is nothing wrong with that approach, and quite honestly, that’s how it was done in years past.
They refuse to work with the House just like they have been refusing to consider a federal budget for years. The last time the Democrat-controlled Senate actually passed a budget was April 29, 2009. In April of 2010 they stopped dealing with the budget and started demanded continuing resolutions. That was 41 months ago. The House on the other hand has been doing their job, passing budgets since April 15, 2010, but since Reid’s Senate refuses to pass their own, the two bills never make it to conference committees for negotiations.
Democrats and Obama refuse to negotiate at all. No matter what you hear them say in the media or at news conferences, they want their way or nothing. All you have to do is look at recent history to prove this. I’m certain Obama will sit down with members of the Republican-controlled House, and the “negotiations” will require the House to pass another continuing resolution “as-is” and then the Democrats and Obama will be willing to “discuss it” … after they have “won” again. Again, more lies.
I’m not even sure how the federal government has been running since 2010 for the simple fact the Senate has not passed one appropriations bill to fund authorized departments. That’s the law, but they came up with this continuing resolution gimmick to keep things running at “current levels.” Isn’t it interesting the federal government has been spending more money every year since 2010?
Why shut down when the federal government continues to collect tax revenue?
The federal government brought in $2.5 trillion in revenue in 2012, is expected to bring in $2.7 trillion in 2013 and $3 trillion in 2014. Let’s be really clear about one part of the government that will never shut down – IRS collections. Every day this week and next week, billions of dollars of tax payments will flow into the federal government. Trust me, if you don’t pay, the part of the government who comes calling will be open.
In July, the White House told us the estimated 2013 deficit was $759 billion. Instead of a shut down, why be selective and cut $759 billion out of the $3.8 trillion budget? Really, isn’t spending $3 trillion enough? For reference, $3 trillion is about what we spent in 2009 - including stimulus boondoggle funding. Heck, we could cut $70 billion right away by closing the Department of Education.
Here is a list of private businesses that lease federal land or property that have been closed by the federal government for no reason what-so-ever. Please do tell me why these businesses should be closed in the comments section. I want to hear from you.
- Founding Fathers’ Tavern closed by government shutdown
- Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown – National Park Service puts cops at gate to block patrons
- National Park Service closes self-sustaining colonial farm it hasn’t supported since 1980
- White House ordering hundreds of privately run, privately funded parks to close
- Obama closes Grand Canyon, Arizona says they will pay to keep it open, Obama rejects idea
For the companies and businesses who rely on federal government contracts, they know the deal. Their contracts can be canceled or postponed at any time. They know dealing with the federal government can offer a big payday, but it is also a real risk, and they should have plans for it. But for the private businesses who happen to be leasing federal land or property and do not depend on the federal government for any funding, this is brutal.
Those NPS cops you see blocking the Pisgah Inn in the Blue Ridge Mountains might not be getting paid next week, but they will get paid, I guarantee it. The staff at the Pisgah Inn probably will not get their full pay, if anything at all. If your a waiter who primarily works for tips at the inn, or at the Founding Fathers’ Tavern, you’re screwed. You’ll have no recourse. The owners of those businesses are also screwed. Do you think the federal government will pro-rate their lease payments based on the length of the shut down? Oh hell no, the feds will be looking for their rent payment when it’s due – that’s for certain.
By the way, why has President Obama ordered grocery stores on Army bases closed, while keeping his golf course at Andrews Air Force base open? Why is NPR open and broadcasting? Why is PBS open and broadcasting? Oh, you know…
This guy told us he wanted to “fundamentally change the country” and this is what we are getting. He’s acting as an imperial king, an imperial president, bypassing Congress and the people. What are we going to do about it?