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Shutdown of Government Starts To Feel Like
Sequester — a Surprise Success

New York Sun, by Ira Stoll

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Posted By:mitzi, 10/7/2013 2:46:08 PM

The government “shutdown” is starting to feel a lot like the sequester — a lot of alarmist warnings that the sky is going to fall, followed by business pretty much as usual. That’s not to minimize the genuine inconvenience or worse for those government employees who have been furloughed, or for cancer patients involved in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, an institution that House Republicans voted to fund but that Senate Democrats are holding hostage. For most of the rest of us, it turns out that the government can “shut down” and life goes on pretty much

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Down the column there´s a good suggestion ... turn the national parks over to the states to run - or privatize.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northern Redman, 10/7/2013 2:58:42 PM     (No. 9554506)

It´s certainly helping to define what´s really "non-essential". Instead of offering back pay to furloughed employees, maybe we should offer some of them six month severance packages to not come back.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 10/7/2013 3:00:17 PM     (No. 9554511)

With only 17% or so of the fedzilla actually ´shutdown´ (wink wink nudge nudge) it´s not surprising nothing much is being noticed unless they go out of their way (via the NPS) to act like it´s a big deal.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Deedo, 10/7/2013 3:08:26 PM     (No. 9554535)

Isn´t the disfunction of the federal government a great argument for transfer of federal authority and responsibility to each state? The monuments would all be open, and the NIH could operate much more effectively if it was privatized with governments as customers.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rafter, 10/7/2013 3:11:04 PM     (No. 9554541)

The sequester has been fine... No Problemo.

And the shutdown?
Barky looks like an idiot... The Emperor of Snark...
Victimizing veterans, sick children, some elderly, regular folks...

Go Boehner!
As Ronald Reagan said...
"If they won´t see the light, make them feel the heat."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/7/2013 3:23:31 PM     (No. 9554560)

So, is Barky the Snark all wee-weed up because the switchboards are exactly lit up with folks demanding that the 80% of gubmint workers deemed ´non-essential" get back to their cubicles?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 10/7/2013 4:20:00 PM     (No. 9554638)

That´s because much of the money goes to cronies and fraud. The public gets very little "bang" for their buck.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/7/2013 4:48:43 PM     (No. 9554677)

Fewer regulations being made, less tax money being spent...I love the shutdown!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bradcro, 10/7/2013 5:11:50 PM     (No. 9554702)

The Gum´emt employees are on a paid vacation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/7/2013 5:54:21 PM     (No. 9554752)

It´s not a success because far too much of it is still operating.

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