Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Is a government shutdown really a shutdown? Apparently it isn't!

When is a "Government shutdown" not really a "government shutdown"? When the government shuts down! Confused?

Think of it more as a political football!

I was on my way back to my office listening to Rush when he brought up the potential for a government shutdown. He referenced a story that was first run by the AP discussing the fact that a government shutdown is nothing of the sort.

The story referenced the fact that at most 1 in 4 federal workers would not be on the job and that the critical parts of government would continue to function (as well as any part of government actually functions).

The whole concept of a shutdown has become a political football that is being carried by the Democrats, trying to create fear in the minds of the electorate. It is a strategy for trying to get out in front by attempting to plant the blame for any shutdown, were it to occur, on the shoulders of the Republicans.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, once again the facts don't seem to be on their side.

From the AP by way of MDJOnline:

"... Fewer than half of the 2.1 million federal workers subject to a shutdown would be forced off the job if the Obama administration followed the path taken by presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that's not counting 600,000 Postal Service employees or 1.6 million uniformed military personnel exempt from a shutdown. So we're talking fewer than one in four federal workers staying at home...

... The air traffic control system, food inspection, Medicare, veterans' health care and many other essential government programs would run as usual. The Social Security Administration would not only send out benefits but would continue to take applications. The Postal Service, which is self-funded, would keep delivering the mail. Federal courts would remain open..."

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