The U.S. government is not shut-down.
Approximately 83% of the Federal government is up and functioning.
Including the Obamacare website, which fulfills every prediction made by anyone with a lick of common sense about what happens when the federal government colonizes one-sixth of the American economy.
Just wait for Obamacare to be fully implemented. The medical care you or your loved one needs will be riddled with, um, glitches.
Federal employees who are not working are on furlough and will be paid in full.
We have been told they are “nonessential employees.”
When I write and produce a film here in Hollywood, every single person who works on the production is essential. The idea of employing nonessential workers is, let’s face it, insane. What business follows that model and stays in business?
I think we can fairly speculate that there are hundreds of thousands of nonessential employees in the federal government because so many bureaucracies duplicate the work of other bureaucracies. The massive waste and fraud in the federal government would never be tolerated in the private sector. But that’s what happens when you have a federal leviathan. Its purpose becomes to amass ever more power and insure its survival. That is the nature of bureaucracies; they are self-perpetuating monsters. And these regulatory beasts feed off the very people they are supposed to serve. But as they see it: we live and work to serve them.
In any case, the federal government has been sort-of shut down many times before.
But this is different.
This is an Obama shutdown, designed as a political hatchet against the opposition — which translates into half the American people.
Obama spent taxpayer dollars to erect barricades and summon police—in riot gear, no less—at open air national monuments to keep the American people out. No doubt it costs more in taxpayer dollars to cordon off open air public memorials with barricades and a massive police presence, than to leave them open for we the people.
In a peaceful and measured response, patriots at the Million Vets March carried barricades from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House.
The most moving pictures are the two above: a disabled vet, with two prosthetic legs, carries a Barrycade back to Barry. And a elderly vet in a wheelchair turning President Reagan’s challenge to the Communist Berlin wall, against President Obama.