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Gaming The Government Shut Down

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President Hard At Work

We all enjoy a good story, although I prefer the charms of reality to fantasy (what the Left apotheosizes). As the debt continues to stack up the Left squawks with ass-cracking pitch in redirecting blame for the shutdown away from Harry Reid and the Obama administration's jump ball routine onto Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the rest of the impotent backwater Republicans. Details being what they are, I suggest we prepare a brief timeline for our convenience, shall we...

Sept 20th: The GOP-led House votes to keep government funded through Dec 15th, but only if the president agrees to defund Obamacare.

Sept 24/25: Ted Cruz makes his 21 hour long filibuster, railing against ObamaCae and advocating a shutdown unless the Democrates make the outlined compromises on the health care law.

Sept 27th: The Democratic-led Senate rejects and removes the House-passed defunding of ObamaCare, sends bill back to the House.

Sept 29th: GOP-led House changes its demands from defunding ObamaCare to delaying the implementation of the law for one year and repealing its tax on medical devices.

Sept 30th: The Senate says NO to the reworked House proposal. Bill returned to the House, who once again rework their demands. This time, instead of the Sept 29th provision, the House GOP ask that the president delay for one year ObamaCares 'individual mandate' to buy insurance; and that the president require Congress and its staff to pay unsubsidized health insurance costs. The Senate rejects those provisions, and so…

Oct 1st: The partial shutdown begins and 800,000 government workers furloughed.

Oct 2-9th: The GOP-led House begins approving bills to restart popular government programs, including the national parks and museums, National Institute of Health medical research, FEMA, the FDA, and Head Start. The Democratic-led Senate ignores or reject these actions as 'piecemeal' governance and incentivizing the GOP to keep the shutdown going on longer.

Oct 10th: Boehner proposes a six-week debt limit extension with the compromise that Obama discuss spending cuts. The House leaders meet the president and no agreement.

Oct 11-14th: A bipartisan group of senators work on a bill to reopen government and avoid defat. Harry Reid and McConnell begin their talks to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government.

Oct 15th: After much talk the House votes on a new bill to end the shutdown and extend the debt limit, that ultimately collapsed when Boehner asserted he did not have the votes. The deal required Congress to pay more for its own health insurance. Democrats said no, and the 'tea portion' of the GOP rejected the proposal because it didn't go far enough to fight ObamaCare.

Oct 16th: The Senate comes to a deal to temporarily halt the shutdown and extend the debt limit. It passes both the House and Senate shortly before midnight.

Oct 17th: The president signs the deal into law, shortly after midnight.

What was the ultimate result for the GOP? Seemingly nothing but further suspicion and distrust from the majority of citizens who don't follow every hiccup in the hoochie coochie sideshow that passes for political activity in this country these days. It is always good to remember that the House is charged with originating all spending bills. If you check the Congressional Record you will find that the GOP-controlled House voted all the money required to keep all government activities going—except for Obamacare. That is the salient point in finding fault for this terrible waste of time and taxpayer money.

—Adapted from online comment by Lynda Groom

Yes Virginia, That's Why We Vote

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Yes, Virginia...this is why we vote.
HEY BRIGHT PATRIOTS. IT'S TIME WE TAKE ANOTHER hospitable blow to the cheek from the always spot-on Ranger Joe, in a comment of his we discovered over at the stalwart American Thinker. The RJ comment really requires no other introductory context than a quick memory flash to the "permanent record" the current administration denies we have witnessed play out so far. Thanks to the snippy corporate media, a rather portentous and lawless organism which lives and dies by the snappy snippet, there is still ten percent of the population who haven't caught a clue.

Let's whittle, however, that context down to a glance at His BO Majesties debt ceiling theatre—played to an audience suffering in type after Ben Franklin's own Paradise Lost, patients, few of which seem very happy over this deal of a republic gone fiscally, and thus existentially mad, except those knaves who were spinning us for all we've got in our pockets, constitutions, and nerve:

Why can't people get it through their thick skulls that The Great Obama Decline is deliberate social engineering. Wake up and smell the coffee. We are supposed to be insecure and worried about the future. It's the manipulation of a street con artist to extort protection money from a nervous fruit cart vendor...aka...community organizing. The Leninist left are masters of mass psychology. They've studied us like lab rats. Ivy League social scientists are engineering this whole debacle. All the angry conservative pundits on FBN can't shame these fools because they love the media exposure. From private individuals to the government we are in irretrievable debt up to our eyeballs. As prices slowly go up and income stays the same...people break out in a cold panic sweat. The collapse of the free market is the ancient goal of the Marxist Cult. An economic depression will cause Greek-style unrest and the imposition of Martial Law will follow. It was Hitler's successful modus operandi to found the 1000 Year Reich with his 1923 Munich riots (BTW...today's the anniversary of his 1933 landslide election victory). They are all diabolical sadists. We are being punished and plundered as a bourgeois criminal class. Chairman Barry gloats and chuckles when he sees his prospects...

Shall we whisper it? Should we instead SHOUT IT from every room top in the cities, barn rafters in the rural heartland, parking lots of all the anemic businesses from sea to shining sea?

Yes, Virginia. President Barack Whateverhisnameis and Uncle Joe Biden MUST be sent to teh showers in 2012...