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Does the Shutdown provide a good snapshot…
  • KalashniKEV October 1, 2013 - 8:37 am #88995 Reply

    …of what-in-our-government is necessary and what is not?

    All the important stuff is still getting done, right?

    It seems like they just cut the nonsense for an undefined period of time.

    Is this the greatest thing ever?

    novasteve October 1, 2013 - 8:43 am #88996 Reply

    Also will help air quality. Or do democrats want more greenhouse gasses?

    Captain_Obvious October 1, 2013 - 8:57 am #88999 Reply

    I wonder if this coincides with the flood of tourists going to Prague today?

    KalashniKEV October 1, 2013 - 9:21 am #89003 Reply

    I wonder if this coincides with the flood of tourists going to Prague today?

    I know of one particular government office who thought they were getting a free vacation to Orlando this fall on the taxpayer dime for a “conference.”

    Now it’s a Conference CALL!

    BooHoo! :)

    KalashniKEV October 1, 2013 - 9:23 am #89004 Reply
    Theakston October 1, 2013 - 9:30 am #89016 Reply

    No but I think it does give a good snapshot of just how little you are capable of thinking.

    No training, no new systems, no planning for efficient use of resources etc…. Eventually all the “essential” work would fall apart. It can only work for a very short period of time and that is all it is designed to do.

    CommentBot October 1, 2013 - 9:39 am #89021 Reply

    True, all we need is for the planes to run on time, the rest is obviously fluff.

    KalashniFOOL October 1, 2013 - 12:46 pm #89067 Reply

    Does using a military avatar provide a good snapshot of anything?

    barticus October 1, 2013 - 12:54 pm #89072 Reply

    When I’m not furloughed, I report on progress of the Federal Aviation’s NextGen series of aviation improvements.  We spend about $1B a year on this.

    @kalashnikev, by your logic, my job isn’t necessary.  So you’re good taking contractors’ words that everything is progressing as planned and money isn’t being embezzled, right?  Reliability is overrated, right?  So what if a few planes collide or fall from the sky?  As long as it’s no one you know killed in the air or on the ground, right?  99% is OK, right?  So you’re good with losing power 15 minutes everyday?

    Anonymous October 1, 2013 - 1:38 pm #89075 Reply

    Careful out jogging today, Kev – alot of the trails around here are in federal parks and therefore closed.


    KalashniKEV October 1, 2013 - 1:38 pm #89076 Reply

    Right now, the only thing I’m really missing is PandaCam at the National Zoo… other than that my post-shutdown life is pretty complete.

    Remember the Clinton shutdown in ’95 for a MONTH? If you honestly and truly do, you’re in the minority. Most people have no idea when the last government shutdown was because it had Zero effect on them. None.

    In fact, it may have had a positive effect for Slick Willie because it put more young, nubile, unpaid interns in the White House filling the jobs of overpaid bureaucrats.

    It may indeed have a positive effect this time too- turning it off and turning it on again usually works for computers and stuff.

    Maybe keeping spending at current levels for a little while would be a good idea. It would force us to prioritize our budget and scrutinize certain items like… providing weapons for al Qaeda transnational jihadis and Mexican Drug Cartels,  spying on Americans, turning air travel into a living hell,  and more!

    (unfortunately most of the above is deemed “essential” LOL)

    Anonymous October 1, 2013 - 1:39 pm #89078 Reply

    Barticus, who needs aviation safety and navigation systems? What a waste of taxpayer money.



    Anonymous October 1, 2013 - 1:41 pm #89079 Reply

    Hey Kev, veterans don’t need health care. What a waste of taxpayer money.

    “The troublesome claims backlog at the Veterans Affairs Department will start to pile up even more a month after the start of the government shutdown, getting farther behind each day the government remains closed beyond that.”



    Anonymous October 1, 2013 - 1:42 pm #89080 Reply

    “Right now, the only thing I'm really missing is PandaCam at the National Zoo”

    That’s because your brain capacity is too shallow to think about it any deeper than that.

    KalashniFOOL October 1, 2013 - 1:46 pm #89083 Reply

    sansabelt, you will be very happy when you friendly neighborhood gunslinger (TM) is there to take out rapey characters, leaflet pushers, etc.  No government required.

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