Government Shutdown or minor inconvenience and scare Job by Harry Reid?

April 8, 2011

PSSST: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN MEANS
FEDS DON’T ACTUALLY SHUT DOWN

Contrary to popular belief, the Federal government doesn’t actually shut down during a “government shutdown.” Essential services, including the Military, Medicare, Social Security, FBI, Border Agents, Aircraft Controllers, and many other personnel and services stay on the job and continue to get paid.

There has been an undue amount of hype over the threat of a possible government shutdown, and the “disruptions” it would cause. The Democrats, and some Republicans, are screaming that if the government is temporarily shut down the military will be sent home, grandma will starve, criminals will be set loose and planes will fall out of the sky. THESE ARE ALL LIES. Please read the facts below, referenced directly from the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress. PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL WIDELY SO WE CAN EXPOSE THE CHICKEN LITTLES WHO ARE TRYING WEAKEN CONGRESSIONAL RESOLVE, AND STOP REAL BUDGET REFORM!

Tell Congress NOW – CUT THE 2011 BUDGET OR SHUT IT DOWN

Effects of a Federal Government Shutdown
Essential Services and Personnel

A 1980 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum defines “essential” government services and “essential” employees as those:

  • providing for the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security or the safety of life and property;
  • and the performance of contract obligations under no-year or multi-year or other funds remaining available for those purposes; providing for benefit payments
  • conducting essential activities to the extent that they protect life and property, including:
    • medical care of inpatients and emergency outpatient care;
    • activities essential to ensure continued public health and safety, including safe use of food, drugs, and hazardous materials;
    • continuance of air traffic control and other transportation safety functions and the protection of transport property;
    • border and coastal protection and surveillance;
    • protection of federal lands, buildings, waterways, equipment and other property owned by the United States;
    • care of prisoners and other persons in the custody of the United States;
    • law enforcement and criminal investigations;
    • emergency and disaster assistance;
    • activities that ensure production of power and maintenance of the power distribution system;
    • activities essential to the preservation of the essential elements of the money and banking system of the United States, including borrowing and tax collection activities of the Treasury; and
    • activities necessary to maintain protection of research property.

During the 1995-1996 shutdown experience, policymakers substantially followed these definitions. Pursuant to that memorandum and White House directions to agencies through OMB, agencies are required to determine which jobs fit these definitions and enumerate them in agency shutdown plans. Under an Obama shutdown, there will be no shortage of government!

  • Under Obama, Federal government spending has increased 21.4%
  • Under Obama, Federal government DEBT has increased $3.5 TRILLION
  • Under Obama, welfare spending has increased 54%
  • Under Obama, the number of unemployed Americans is 13.9 MILLION

Reviewing the Obama budget proposals, even the New York Times admits, “The Budget confirms that Mr. Obama is not taking the lead in embracing the kind of far-reaching deficit-reduction plan recommended in December by a bipartisan majority of his own fiscal commission.”

Tell Congress NOW – CUT THE 2011 BUDGET OR SHUT IT DOWN

Barack Obama and his Socialist-Democrat cronies are still on a cynical spending spree to ruin America. They could have passed a budget when they had complete control of both houses of Congress. They didn’t need one single Republican vote to do so, but they deliberately chose to avoid the responsibility and accountability of presenting a budget, because their spending was laden with pork that they knew the American people would furiously reject.

As much as Boehner and the GOP Establishment want to keep the Federal government running full tilt, YOUR faxes and calls are working! Boehner knows that the spending spree is OVER and compromise is OFF THE TABLE, or he is out of a job and the Republicans are looking at votes of NO CONFIDENCE by those who put them in office!

GOP leadership needs to confront reality. Having failed to reach a deal with Obama on Tuesday, Boehner said, “The House will not be put in a box and forced to choose between two options that are bad for the country” — woefully inadequate spending cuts or a Federal government shutdown.

But the debt numbers are DEVASTATING, yet these are the only options Obama has offered. This means TAKE THE DEMOCRAT SHUTDOWN! It will NOT STOP SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE OR MILITARY CHECKS. And it will NOT harm our capable and resilient American People. Otherwise, the hemorrhaging persists apace, until our nation fiscally bleeds to death. Otherwise, Democrats WILL CONTINUE to fund NPR … and Planned Parenthood… and Cowboy Poetry Festivals. The Republicans MUST stand strong against this deranged fecklessness and they need to hear from YOU! Every Member of Congress needs to know that if he ignores the Will of the People and continues spending our country into oblivion, he WILL LOSE HIS JOB.

Tell Congress NOW – CUT THE 2011 BUDGET OR SHUT IT DOWN

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifies 34 areas of redundant or duplicate Federal programs operating across agencies and bureaucracies that need to be cut, and 47 other areas where $200 Billion could easily be saved. 

CONGRESS HAS NOT MADE THESE CUTS BECAUSE DEMOCRATS AND RINOS WANT TO CONTINUE POLITICAL BUSINESS AS USUAL — IMPERILING AMERICA’S FUTURE!

Tell Congress NOW – CUT THE 2011 BUDGET OR SHUT IT DOWN

Democrats in Congress are angling for a partial government shutdown as a vulgar strategy of class warfare, hoping for backlash by affected groups that will blame the Tea Party and Republicans in Congress. Democrats, as usual, are putting partisan politics ahead of the financial solvency, and possibly the very survival, of the nation.

But ALL of Congress, Republicans AND Democrats have for years been childishly kicking the debt and deficit spending can down the road. Putting off paying the piper until tomorrow does not alter the fact that the piper will eventually need to be paid. And the longer we wait, the more costly in every way his bill will be. Congress MUST stop deferring the hard decisions to their successors and hopelessly burdening future generations, and instead MUST address Washington’s deadly compulsive spending habits head on. THE DEBT CEILING MUST NOT BE RAISED and THE PROFLIGATE SPENDING MUST STOP NOW!  Not in 2021 as the GOP budget proposes, not in 2040 as the Democrats propose, but NOW in 2011 while America can still be saved from the mountain of cumulative debt poised to crush us. This day of reckoning is upon us, and We the People must not shirk its obligations. The Congress serves us — let us make it so.
Keep Faith,

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