HOW WILL WE SURVIVE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? ANYONE?

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Posted on 30th September 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Tomorrow is Tuesday. I will get up at 5:15 am, shower, shave, feed the cats, make a pot of coffee, get my kids up for school, make my lunch, get in my car, drive to work, curse at a few assholes on the Schuylkill Expressway, say no to people asking for more money all day, warn my boss about impending doom, get back in my car and drive home, curse a few more assholes in West Philly, eat dinner, watch a couple Seinfeld reruns, pick up my son from his driver’s ed class, browse the comments on TBP, and go to bed between 10:00 and 10:30.

If the government is shutdown, how will I possibly get through my day?

Remember the fear mongering stories in the MSM about the horrible impact of the sequester? The world would end if spending was slowed by a fraction of a percent. The country was going to be overrun by our foreign enemies. White House tours had to be cancelled. Air traffic controllers would be fired and planes would be crashing around the country. Has the sequester impacted your life one iota? It did keep the annual deficit from surpassing $1 trillion again, which Obama is now taking credit for.

I do have a few questions about this doom scenario of government drones not spending my money for a few days.

  1. Does a government shutdown mean the NSA won’t be spying on us while the government is closed?
  2. Will we have to ground our predator drones and not kill innocent women and children for a day or two?
  3. Will we make our troops stand down in all the countries we are currently attacking?
  4. Will the recharging of EBT cards not take place tomorrow in West Philly? If so, I will take a different route to work.
  5. Will they stop taking Federal income taxes, SS taxes, and Medicare taxes out of my paycheck because the government won’t be processing them anyway?
  6. If a government drone doesn’t go to work, does anyone notice?

I sure hope I can sleep tonight knowing that my government won’t be watching over me and protecting me from terrorists tomorrow.

Do you think anyone cares? anyone? anyone? Bueller?

 

 

 

 

 

19 Comments
  1. harry p. says:

    i am sure there will be minor inconveniences but I am all in favor of it because of a single benefit, further eroding the guvthugs legitimacy.
    this is my challenge to the govt
    show us(the thinking minority) a world without you and dare us to not ask them to shut down more…

    30th September 2013 at 3:16 pm

  2. Administrator says:

    Guest Post: Did You Miss Your IRS Agent Today?

    Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

    Last night I was speaking to a long-time mentor. And he’s unfortunately in very poor health at the moment.

    Most of his condition is a result of lifestyle choices over the past several decades. Too much junk food. Too much excess. Never enough discpiline or exercise. He readily admits this now.

    His health deteriorated gradually, it didn’t happen overnight.

    In his late 40s, he really began putting on extra weight. In his 50s, all the extra weight started to take a toll on his joints, and he developed severe, arthritic pains. Also his blood sugar began to rise.

    Along the way, his friends and family encouraged him to make important changes in his life. Put down the chocolate bars and start walking. But he could never summon the will.

    There was a lot of talk about what he intended to do. He even went to the store and bought athletic shoes and workout attire. But it just sat in the closet collecting dust.

    Now in his mid-60s, his health has deteriorated to the point where he can barely walk. He’s lost feeling in his legs. And even if he could find the desire now to get some exercise, he wouldn’t be able to. His body is simply no longer able to exert itself.

    My friend has unfortunately passed the point of no return. The window of opportunity to heal himself has closed. And now he has become a slave to his condition, unable to change it.

    From a fiscal perspective, the United States government is also at this point.

    The major headline of the day is the pending government shutdown in the Land of the Free. This is nothing more than an obvious symptom that they have passed the point of no return.

    As we have routinely discussed, the US government now fails to collect enough tax revenue to pay interest on the debt and cover mandatory entitlement spending.

    They’re already in the hole before they write a single check for anything we consider ‘government’, from national parks to the Internal Revenue Service. Basically all the stuff that will be shut down now.

    Unless you missed your IRS agent today, it should be clear that all this stuff they waste money on is completely… unnecessary. Or can/should be privatized.

    Yet even in the government’s rosiest projections, their own figures show both the deficit and national debt rising indefinitely into the future.

    According to the notoriously optimistic Congressional Budget Office (CBO):

    “The gap between federal spending and revenues would widen steadily after 2015 under the assumptions of the extended baseline, CBO projects. By 2038, the deficit would be 6.5 percent of GDP, larger than in any year between 1947 and 2008…”

    Even the government expects the situation to get worse.

    Just like my friend, though, there’s a lot of high-sounding talk in government about fixing the problem. Yet almost zero action.

    And if history is any guide, they will delay taking action until there is no possible alternative BUT to act. And by the time that happens, rest assured, their tactics will be Draconian.

    Capital controls. Gun controls. Wage and price controls. Steep penalties for minor infractions and victimless crimes. Suspension of Habeas Corpus. Confiscation of private pensions and retirement accounts. Huge tax increases. Dual currency systems.

    Much of this is happening already… or at least moving in that direction.

    It’s time to acknowledge reality. Politicians can talk about recovery and discipline all they want.

    But thinking, creative people need merely to take a sobering look at the data, trust in their own analysis and observations, and begin to make earnest plans for the very obvious trend that’s unfolding.

    30th September 2013 at 3:22 pm

  3. Eddie says:

    Much ado about nothing.

    Political theater (of the absurd).

    30th September 2013 at 3:38 pm

  4. AWD says:

    Pretty good analogy, the government with an obese slob who destroyed their health, then wears under armour shirts and thinks they’re athletes. Our whole country is delusional, ie, has serious mental illness. Reality is flying around the parasite infested corpse of what used to be this country like a pack of vultures.

    If the government shuts down, the fascists and liberals and socialists are out of a job. They’ve never given up power before, and they won’t again. The government will simply steal more money, this time from bank accounts and IRAs. Then will come the gold confiscation. They have the play book already written, and the criminals in Washington aren’t going anywhere. The free shit will continue to flow come what may. Only a military coup or violent revolution will end the reign of the fascists currently running things.

    Wearing under armour magically restores health to delusional obese baby boomers:

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    30th September 2013 at 3:44 pm

  5. Administrator says:

    “The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria.”

    Frank Herbert

    30th September 2013 at 4:37 pm

  6. AWD says:

    Halperin: Obama Okay with Shutdown Because Media Has His Back

    Intentionally or not, Monday on Morning Joe, Time’s Mark Halperin revealed to the world how the American media’s pro-Obama bias will in part be to blame for any coming government shutdown. When asked if President Obama had an incentive to negotiate with the GOP, Halperin explained that, “The White House does not have much incentive. They think the trends are going to go in their direction at the end of the week, or early next week at the latest; because again, the press is largely sympathetic to their arguments on this.”

    In short: The government is going to shut down because Obama knows the media has his back and therefore feels no pressure to enter into negotiations that might avert a shutdown. In fact, Obama is apparently okay letting the government shut down because he knows the media won’t make him pay a political price for it.

    So what we have here is the media’s pro-Obama bias as a big factor in a potential shutdown.

    30th September 2013 at 4:51 pm

  7. AWD says:

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    30th September 2013 at 4:55 pm

  8. bb says:

    Is that all you do?lazy fucker.bb

    30th September 2013 at 6:18 pm

  9. juan says:

    Eddie says:

    “Much ado about nothing.”

    the boss said we should show up tomorrow to button things down and prepare to go home for 3 weeks w/o pay. we skipped the ’96 shutdown due to the shuttle, I hope this lasts no more than 2 weeks.

    30th September 2013 at 8:55 pm

  10. AKAnon says:

    Juan, sorry about the personal hit. But in general, the federal gov’t is the problem, not the solution. No increase in the debt limit without a balanced-budget clause, with teeth (if such a thing exists-maybe automatic loss of pay and benefits and criminal prosecution on congress for failure to produce said, adjucated by Judge Napolitano). I say shut the fucker down-most of us won’t notice the difference. Maybe fewer regulators fucking us over. Being in the (state) gov’t drone business myself, I could take a hit. Nice time of year for a vacation anyway.

    1st October 2013 at 1:27 am

  11. flash says:

    If you live in the city, plan to be the first out.
    Leave now.

    http://elborak.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-worst-possible-idea-in-prepping.html
    If they get out en masse at all, it will be on foot, taking back roads. Now remember, these are people who are already out of food and water, else they never would have left home. What is a realistic distance that they are going to travel, especially once those in destination areas decide to roadblock highways and turn them back? Can they walk 20 miles a day? Probably only in very rare cases. 10 miles is more likely, at least the first day. But how many can do that for 10 days, fighting over food and water every step of the way, robbing and being robbed, being mugged and raped, afraid to sleep, being held back by children, the aged, the pregnant, and those crapping their guts out from drinking bad water? What percentage of them could reasonably travel 100 miles on foot, even without December snow, April rains, or blistering August heat? Enough to form a zombie horde? Not likely. In a national grid-down scenario, the vast majority of people will die within 10 miles of home, many wandering aimlessly like ants who have lost their queen.

    1st October 2013 at 6:09 am

  12. Nonanonymous says:

    The government can shut down and no one will care, until EBT cards don’t get recharged.

    A manufactured martial law scenario? You decide!

    1st October 2013 at 7:15 am

  13. The Doom Collective &raquo HOW WILL WE SURVIVE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? ANYONE? says:

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    1st October 2013 at 9:52 am

  14. AWD says:

    Yea, today is “pay day” for the FSA. The day the government distributes the free cash and SNAP benefits. They actually call it “pay day”, as if they somehow earned “pay”. More than 110 million people got “paid” today, even though they don’t have jobs, and the government is “shut down”.

    And only 800,000 government employees (out of 30 million) are losing their overpaid jobs until the government decides to go further in debt. Their greed, pensions, and union benefit-retire-at-50 causes our country to become bankrupt, but they don’t care as long as they can warm a desk and collect $100,000 a year for doing so. Fuck each and every one of them in the ear. They need to fire half the union drone government employees, at least 15 million, although more would be better. Nobody would notice, and this country would be a better place as a result. The incompetent fucking assholes need to actually shut down the government instead of laying off less than 3% of the drones.

    The free shit army got paid today, even though the government is “shut down”, did you?

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    1st October 2013 at 11:00 am

  15. AWD says:

    With the government shut down, Obama has more time for golf….

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    can you see him on the roof?

    1st October 2013 at 11:16 am

  16. DaveL says:

    I bought extra toilet paper because I’m sure there will be a lot of shit flinging going on in the media and in DC today.

    1st October 2013 at 12:59 pm

  17. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    OOOHHHH, the chief website for fed.gov PROPAGANDA, whitehouse.gov, has been closed down, in an infantile fit of pique and accompanied by lots of whining and crying I am fucking sure as those mean CONgress critters cut off the money teat.

    It is all Congress’s fault!!!!! Have we EVER had such a petulant, childish, vindictive, PUSSY pansy ass lying DOUCHNOZZLE POTUS as Obama????

    Again, my pix keep coming out Texas sized, so just right click.

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    1st October 2013 at 7:54 pm

  18. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    Here’s the screen shots from the fed.gov with my commentary:

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    You can have loads of fun laughing hysterically at the conflated sense of self on the fed.gov websites about this shutdown.

    Gee, if the fed.gov shut down and no one noticed, at this point, WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT MAKE???

    1st October 2013 at 8:25 pm

  19. AKAnon says:

    Thanks for that post, H@ZK. I’m trying to find the downside here. It seems like we should have shut the feds down years ago. (seems?!?)

    2nd October 2013 at 10:21 am

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