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The Government That Cried “Shutdown!”

HERE WE GO AGAIN … || By FITSNEWS || When we first got into this business, the idea of a government “shutdown” was pretty heady stuff – especially seeing as we were told that a “shutdown” would result in real fiscal responsibility moving forward. Of course since then we’ve learned some…

HERE WE GO AGAIN …

|| By FITSNEWS || When we first got into this business, the idea of a government “shutdown” was pretty heady stuff – especially seeing as we were told that a “shutdown” would result in real fiscal responsibility moving forward.

Of course since then we’ve learned some brutal truths about the way things really work in Washington, D.C.

Ready?

ONE) First, and most importantly, a government “shutdown” doesn’t actually shut down government (just seventeen percent of the federal government … at best).

TWO) The “fiscal responsibility” these skirmishes were supposed to yield always ended up as nothing but smoke and mirrors.  And higher taxes.

THREE) Government shutdowns always end with “Republicans” rolling over and playing dead.  Always.

So … in light of these truths, you’ll forgive us for not getting overly exercised regarding the latest “shutdown” threat – which involves stripping federal funding for taxpayer-subsidized abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

Don’t get us wrong: We support defunding Planned Parenthood.  This organization has been unmasked via a series of undercover videos as a stain on humanity.  And we absolutely support “shutting down government” to accomplish the objective of defunding it – thus putting a stop to its barbaric trade in fetal body parts.

So … what’s our damage?

We just don’t want anyone to be under the illusion that a shutdown actually means what the government says it does  … or that those politicians availing themselves of “shutdown strategery” in an effort to effect change on a given issue will ever be successful in their efforts.

It’s all theater …

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30 comments

Superfly September 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm

“ONE) First, and most importantly, a government “shutdown” doesn’t actually shut down government (just seventeen percent of the federal government … at best).

TWO) The “fiscal responsibility” these skirmishes were supposed to yield always ended up as nothing but smoke and mirrors. And higher taxes.

THREE) Government shutdowns always end with “Republicans” rolling over and playing dead. Always”.

and:

FOUR) Fiscally concerned, big gubment hating conservatives demand that they continue to receive their slice of the pie, forcing the GOP to capitulate

and

FIVE) The 25-30 member of the House and 4-6 Senators who force the shutdown to occur over next to nothing, are responsible for Democrats winning *every* government shutdown stand-off.

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Conservative "values" September 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Are you saying(gulp) that all these “conservatives” really don’t have conservative “values?”

My God!

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Republican Record September 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

The one republican ‘accomplishment’ of the last few years.
Government shutdown.

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Working Hard to Hardly Work September 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

If they break government, it helps their case that government doesn’t work.

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guest September 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Stupid republicans never learned. Abortion, dog whistle racism and same sex marriage cost them the last election. Face it the country is not as crazy or conservative as the base wants to believe. Example – latest PPP polling

The South Carolina poll reinforces what we learned about Donald Trump’s supporters nationally last week. 69% of his voters believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, and only 22%
think he was born in the United States. Additionally 59% of Trump voters disapprove of Presidential candidates speaking Spanish to Hispanic audiences, compared to only 26% who think that’s alright.
Trump’s supporters aren’t that far off from the GOP mainstream on any of those issues though. 60% of primary voters think President Obama is a Muslim, 12% a Christian. 26% think President Obama was born in the United States, 50% think he was not. (40% think Ted Cruz was born in the United States.) 40% approve of Presidential candidates speaking Spanish to Hispanic audiences, 44% do not.

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Crooner September 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

They can speak Mexican all they want as candidates but once there President they can only speak American!

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west_rhino September 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

That dome does look like a Borg ship, but the Potomac water does have that effect on mere mortals that drink it, they’ll believe anything, like “too big to fail” or FAIR tax won’t work, your money beolngs to the government that allows you any rights whatsoever.

(cue Thompson Twins “Lies”)

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Rocky Verdad September 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm

And when we shut it down, they still get paid.

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Crooner September 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Just make it so congressmen and their staffs don’t get pay or benefits during any shutdown and see what happens. This is the “adult” equivalent of taking your ball and going home when you don’t get your way.

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guest September 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm

When union members strike their employers don’t continue to pay them, right? And they would have made the decision to walk off the job, like the congress would to shut down the govt.

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tomstickler September 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Sensing a tone of disappointment that Mitch McConnell can’t rope enough stupid Republican Senators into believing those bogus videos are a reason to hold the government funding hostage.

Sounds like Will will repeat the false charges as long and as often as possible. Maybe he can get a job at Breitbart one of these days.

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Writenow September 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Excellent response. Thanks.

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$$$ September 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Trump’s already paying for coverage from both, so why not. Give the Donald a little break.

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tomstickler September 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

The Rude Pundit reports on the House hearings today:http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/09/republicans-will-not-govern-your-sinful.html

It can best be summed up by Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Fuckyermother, South Carolina: “In the House—I can only speak for the House—the amount of control we have is the power of the purse. If we’re not willing to talk about a lapse in appropriations over selling dead baby parts I doubt seriously we’ll have a discussion about a lapse in appropriations over a nuclear-powered Iran. We’re afraid to shut the government down. We gave up the power of the purse about four and a half years ago. If you’re not willing to go to the mat on defunding anything, then you are not willing to enforce the power of the purse.”

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flip September 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

I have to tell you I have considered leaving this forum because of you. NEVER have I engaged such an evil person that takes such great joy in the butcher and destruction of the unborn. You are truly a sic person in my opinion with NO respect for human life.

Say what you want about Will Folks.Mock his faith,family and stand on life issues. He has MORE guts than you will ever have for standing for LIFE with His name beside the unborn.

You are NO Buckeye.You are a Nazi.

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tomstickler September 9, 2015 at 9:39 pm

I break my policy not to engage fictitious personae online to caution not to let the cyber-door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Check who the Editor of the Sundial was for 1961-1962, and who was also on the masthead if you doubt my Buckeye creds.

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flip September 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Thank you for that information.

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flip's Stalker Scrapbook September 10, 2015 at 10:15 am

Oh no, not another person he’s going to stalk…

Grrrrrroooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnn…………..

erneba September 10, 2015 at 7:31 am

And using and misquoting a stupid article on the Huffington Post is beyond stupid. I take his opinions and references with less than a grain of salt.

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tomstickler September 10, 2015 at 8:52 am

It is hard for some people to follow threads, so while I may have linked to a HuffPo article, there was no quoting, mis- or otherwise.

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Tazmaniac September 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Wouldn’t be sweet if contractors had that scaffolding up for the purpose of installing bars so we could keep those crooks where they belong?

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Soft Sigh from Hell September 9, 2015 at 7:31 pm

They should be erecting a different type of scaffold there.

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TroubleBaby September 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

Gallows?

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Tom September 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm

If Congress and their staff did not get paid during a shutdown, and by that I mean never paid for the time they were out instead of having pay caught up when they came back, there would never be a shutdown.

Inflation adjusted Congressional pay and benefits should be reduced by the same amount the inflation adjusted minimum has been reduced since 1960.

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Writenow September 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I see Will is continuing the false narrative of the monsterously edited Planned Parent clips. But then, it would serve usall well to remember, Will is an admitted perpetrator of DV, and friend of Todd Kincannon.

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nitrat September 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm

And, he exposes, like the Pauls, that Libertarian ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ stops at a woman’s body.

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Writenow September 10, 2015 at 12:42 am

The only thing more anti-women than a Libertarian – is a Republican.

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Libertarian* Party September 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

Do you hate government spending, except on private schools?

Are you against government intrusion, except when it comes to a woman’s vagina?

Do you think regulations are wrong, but still want to blame government when a lack of regulation allows a problem to happen?

There’s a new political party just for you! It’s called the Libertarian* Party! We have all of the stuff Republicans like about regular libertarianism without all the stuff they don’t like about libertarianism! In the Libertarian* Party, you can:

* State that we should not interfere in other countries’ affairs, and then blame Obama for not being hard enough on Putin!

* Stand against military involvement in the Middle East, while blaming Obama for not killing off ISIS!

* Offer up a weak defense of same sex civil unions while still holding strong personal beliefs against gay marriage!

* Claim to want what’s actually best for black people while you write newsletters warning readers to arm themselves against the “animals” that are coming.

* Defend the Koch brothers’ spending as free speech while attacking George Soros and Warren Buffett as unfairly manipulating politics.

* Pretend to not be a card carrying Republican while voting 99% Republican and, in some cases, actually being a card carrying Republican.

* Convince gullible and impressionable teenagers that all your shitty ideas should be acceptable because you’ll let them smoke pot maybe!

* Gather a following among white supremacist circles who just can’t be racist because they know a black person or two that they don’t say half of what’s really on their mind to.

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Lone Ranger September 10, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Yo…flag-ripping Katrina and I-Lie-To-Conservatives-Joe
Wilson—we gotcha permanent shutdown alright

Because come November of 2016 you can crawl outta Boehner
and Haley—you will NO MORE be in sight !!!

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