Shutdown Roundup – Day Four


If you’re still alive and carrying on as you were before, congratulations on living through an entire workweek of government shutdown.

Both sides in the shutdown fight dug in today, with the only real sign of capitulation being Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) non-apology for talking nasty about Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“I’ll work harder and I hope my senators will work to their best to maintain these habits of civility and decorum,” Reid said Friday from the Senate floor.

Elsewhere, though, the shrill tone President Barack Obama’s Administration established Thursday, with bogus park closures and disingenuous threats against retirees, only grew more piercing. The Daily Caller got its hands on an email circulating within the Social Security Administration Friday, in which employees are specifically instructed to scare people who call with questions about how the coming debt ceiling deadline could affect their monthly Social Security checks. An excerpt from the actual email:

If a member of the public asks whether their Social Security payment will be affected if the federal debt ceiling is not raised, you may give the following response:

‘Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk.’

Direct all program–related and technical questions to your supervisor.

You mean, this whole time, all these beneficiaries were thinking they were simply drawing money out of a system they’d already paid into? Guess again – turns out that debt’s got everything to do with it.

On the park side of things, the Obama Administration, through the White House Office of Management and Budget, continues its punitive and irrelevant campaign to ensure the pain from the “shutdown” itself is visible from sea to shining sea.

It’s an antiquated strategy in this Internet era. Thirty years ago, media was a one-way sieve of information that could convey tear-jerking images of people not getting to tour the Statue of Liberty or Mt. Vernon (privately owned, remember?) into American homes – without having to worry that viewers could connect the dots on blogs, social media sites and by consuming alternative reports that would tell them the rest of the story.

Today, the Obama Administration is happy to blame the Tea Party – his political nemesis uber alles—for polarizing Americans on topics from Obamacare to the shutdown to immigration to gun control. But the President is sorely underestimating the Tea Party if he continues to fail to consider how accurate a barometer it is of what a great many Americans think of his policies in real time. The fact that the White House website is soliciting shutdown sob stories (here’s one: my grandpa can’t tour all the monuments you’ve arbitrarily shut down and he’s pretty pissed at you) indicates the President still thinks that community organizing on the Internet is a one-way street.

To marginalize conservatism when its influence and popularity are evident in the world that exists outside Obama’s sphere of mainstream media control is to play a defeatist political game. Tea Party conservatives don’t represent a clear majority in grass-roots American political culture – but right now, neither does anyone else. The chorus of conservative voices isn’t weak, nor is it small. If it were, Harry Reid and Barack Obama would be railing against some other political force by name. But they’re not. They’re trying to kick this bothersome eruption of true conservatism all the way back into the George W. Bush era.

Congressional RINOs are already learning this the hard way. Will Obama show any sign of playing catch-up in Week Two?

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • 4lifeandfreedom

    We know that this administration has closed venues that they have no right to close. We know that he wants control no matter the cost. We know that he lies every time he shows his pearly whites. We know that the Dems wanted the shutdown, not the R’s. We know that the Dems own the NON Patient Protection NON Affordable, NON Healthcare Act. We know that many RINO’s are against the conservatives who are working for the American people. We know these RINO’s are supported monetarily by the liberal factions. We know that life and freedom are at a great risk of disappearing in these United States of America. We know that the leader does not care about America and her people. We also know that he is the most pro-killing of the unborn and partially born, president we have had! We also know that God is still in control, even of the heart of the “king.”

    • Deerinwater

      Well, hmm? Why should the Tea Party even be permitted to think that they can run the nation? ~ We’ll lock her down tighter then Dick hat ban and sit back and watch all the flees and tick leave the host if necessary.

      • hippybiker

        James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John and Sam Adams are smiling down on us for those who would stand up for what they fought for. God save our Republic, and death to all tyrants!

        • Deerinwater

          There are no Tyrants ~ and God is not under attack and neither is Christians or Santa Claus. ~

          You are embellishing only because , that’s all you have left to fight with.~ you only lost an election and still can’t get over it. ` You are not competitive on addressing the issues, ~ you are losing and you know it ~ the merits of your argument are to weak. ~ so you see a Tyrant you can’t defeat.

          • hippybiker

            “HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to(sic)harrass our people, and eat out their Substance.” Quoted from The Declaration of Independence written some 237 years ago.

            “Those who would forget history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana

            “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs;when he first appears he is a protector.” Plato

    • B

      Very well said!!! Anyone that tries to spin this to where the Republicans take the heat for this is obviously not for personal freedom and is an Obama drone!!! Obama care is nothing more than legalized extortion of hard working people!!! It is not constitutional!!! It was ruled that way because it was misrepresented as a tax and still only squeaked by the liberal bias Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote!!! Why is nobody mentioning the intrusive nature of this “law” such as un warranted home invasions by CPS under the jurisdiction of HHS, this law will effectively destroy the provisions of the 1st and 2nd amendment, control 17% of the economy and coerce compliance through force!!!! This is a power grab and nothing more!!! I applaud the Tea Party republicans for bringing back the process that has been sorely missed!!! Remember it was this presidents overreach of power in the first place that created the tea party and thank God there are still those of us with guts that think this administration is out if its mind to try to convince people that self responsibility/ self reliance is bad, killing babies is ok, redefining what marriage is, forcing Christians to go against there moral beliefs and at the same time making concessions to Muslims concerning Sharia Law!! This nation was handed over to a liar and Userper at the willing hand of Democrats ( and they have the nerve to question our RESPONSIBILTY as citizens to critisize our leadership!!! We are wise to ur misleading BS, G. Soros ballot machines, Acorn and associate thuggery!!!

      • B

        Correction, 1st, 2nd, 4th, amendments

      • B

        Take the address out of parenthesis to view the link, I assure you that you want to read it!!!!

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      ” We know that the Dems wanted the shutdown, not the R’s. We know that the Dems own the NON Patient Protection NON Affordable, NON Healthcare…DEATHCARE.. Act.

  • ThomasThePaine

    Now that Washington is shut-down, let’s keep it that way until Hell freezes over.
    Better yet, turn that cradle of corruption and tyranny into rubble and leave like that!

  • Lizard

    Lets keep Gov shut down until its time to hire new President …. Obama can go back to his home town Kenya

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      Or Indonesia…

  • Deerinwater

    Well ~ The Tea Party has got what they planed and worked for ~ a government shut up.


    Now what are they going to do with it?

    I’m a patient man and so I sit here and wait for the next shoe to drop.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      The Question is how long before Boehner…WAVES THE WHITE FLAG OF SURRENDER TO THE DICTATOR AND DIRTY HARRY????

      • Deerinwater

        Hmm? ~Right! the question of the day. ~ The Weeper of the House is not in Control at the moment. ~ At some point, ~ Boner will be left to take control or concede that he can’t.

        • FreedomTrainUSA

          He must have a Huge Inventory of Freshly Laundered White Flags of Surrender…

        • Oldmonkey

          Being a student of history, I remember things didn’t work out well for wealthy Leftist like Maximilian Robespierre in France. I suspect at least politically, a few of their heads will exposed.

          • Deerinwater

            so true, ~ but when people get so far out to right ~ they are no longer a majority and don’t actually have the numbers to be a serious threat to anyone buy themselves.

            oh! they can put on a show ~ but don’t expect it to run long. ~

            when you get that far out to the right, ~ everyone seen as a lefty.

          • Oldmonkey

            Seems to me Boner Boy is doing the same thing Dirty Harry, except only on one issue; one that isn’t popular with a majority of Americans. More Americans read Daily Mail than NY Times, and some read UK Guardian, Telegraph as well about the NHK scandals with some hospitals providing less than 3rd World care.

            Union members are loosening their jobs, having to pay taxes on their healthcare, or hours reduced; just like everyone else. Rank & File are furious, and will take it out on their officials, and the Dems.

            There is a president rewriting law which is responsibility of Congress. When sworn as president his oath swore to uphold the laws of the US. I may like changes in DOMA, but Olson would have taken it down if he told the Attorney General to defend it which is law. He also refuses to defend US borders, and the Bill of Rights. Dirty Harry has for 5 years refused to pass a budget in the Senate, yet the House always passes one and ready for reconciliation.

    • Oldmonkey

      This isn’t the 1st or last there will be a shutdown of the government. Reagan did it, and Clinton did it. Reagan won, and Clinton lost short term; only to be re-elected primarily because of compromise leading to a good economy. No one blamed Tip O’neal and his Dems for a federal shutdown since all money bills begin in the House, and they controlled the House. Same applies this time with the Republicans and their leader; Dirty Harry & Obama own it. Regarding specious arguments by Obama; just because something is federal law doesn’t mean it’s funding will be authorized. Dems in the House created the “Man Made” disaster in Vietnam, resulting in the death and torture of millions of people. It took over 20 years to find one who ended up in the US that was Democrat. Hundreds of miles of border fence, also law weren’t funded either.

      I remember when with my family we were glared at; me as a race traitor being White, by poor Whites and OUR poor Mexicans because we appeared comfortable due to hard work. My family are LEGAL Chinese immigrants coming with skills, college degrees, and money. During the Dot.Com bust when their kids lost their jobs to adult Illegals. Can you explain Illegal’s lack of tolerance when speaking in Chinese to my wife yet my tolerance is demanded? Still, I never fail embarrass them: “Por favor, mi senora es China.”

    • reply to deerinwater

      “Now what are they going to do with it?”
      Answer: NOTHING; government will spend less, eventually slow down the printing of 1 trillion per year to cover deficits, may be they will fight less wars, less money for OBAMACARE, ….in short, the less the government does, the better and the more they do, the more it looks like a communist country. There is a reason why so many from former communist countries came or wanted to come to US.
      It is time for the government to do less and let the private individuals do more with what they earn.

  • FreedomFighter

    I am finding the air becoming cleaner day by day.
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      It would get Cleaner yet if the someone would get a supply of Duct Tape and use it on the Dictator and most of Congress…LOTS OF AIR POLLUTION STILL COMING FROM THE DC CESSPOOL…

  • Zod

    They can stay shut down. As long as they are, non of the lib agenda is moving through the Senate, and spending is at a low. Obumma is going to pull a “look what they made me do” as to cancelling his Asian “working” vacation (he did have two meeting scheduled), and in reality is between a rock and a hard place.
    Tea Party conservatives may not be the perfect solution, but it is what we need at this point; conservatives that will hold the line and not blink. We need a landslide of them in 2014, and then, if, fine tune. Personally, I don’t see any need to ;)

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      And the longer it is shut down…it will give the American People a longer look at just how USELESS CONGRESS…THE DICTATOR AND MUCH OF THE REST OF THE GOVERNMENT REALLY IS… AND THAT WE CAN LIVE JUST FINE WITHOUT MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT…

  • king

    Wow the government is shut down. Wonder what those guys in congress are doing now and still getting paid. May be they will stay out so they can not do any more damage . Now is the time to make sure you get every bodies name in the house & senate and vote them out of office this includes KING OBama. he will go down as the worst president in this country history. please remember our taxes are going UP. I would suggest that you get that bumper stickier off your car. Just a tip from a bad driver

    • FreedomTrainUSA


    • Robert Messmer

      KING OBama doesn’t need to be voted out. He can not run for a third term. Have to prevent Hilary “What Difference Does It Make?” Clinton from using Obama’s fraud techniques to “win” the election.

  • Mario Brandstaetter

    This guy is a Chicago trained crybaby and socialist bully I hope his bogus shutdown get stuck in his throat because we the people are well aware of his bullcrapp he is pulling of God bless the Junited States of America

    • Deerinwater

      He is not a cry baby ~ not if he is Chicago trained my friend. ~ The Tea Party is right where they have placed themselves, ~ Obama did not do that, they did. ~ The Tea Party has been planing this grand finale for years as a final fallback position of last resort. Over the past few years we have witnessed many politicians who have rose up and accepted the money and the challenge to carry the Tea Party banner. ~ Ted will go down in flames just like Bockman, Palin, Perry and a few other’s ~ Credibility ruined with a pocket full of loot.

    • Deerinwater

      He is not a cry baby ~ not if he is Chicago trained my friend. ~ The Tea Party is right where they have placed themselves, ~ Obama did not do that, they did. ~ The Tea Party has been planing this grand finale for years as a final fallback position of last resort. Over the past few years we have witnessed many politicians who have rose up and accepted the money and the challenge to carry the Tea Party banner. ~ Ted will go down in flames just like Bockman, Palin, Perry and a few other’s ~ Credibility ruined with a pocket full of loot.

      • Mario Brandstaetter

        I agree that a lot of them wannabe politicians only pocketing money but who is it who put all this economy killing policies in place if not this dickhead in the White House he and his democrat minions who dreaming of a socialist America they blame everybody but them self and this is what they doing right now while the goverment is shut down blaming the republicans and scaring old people that’s all they can instead of looking for solutions, for this I have to blame both sides .But our Senate majority leader only wants to take and expects the other side just to take it.I hope Boehner and his Reps corps don’t cave in to this Idiots .Make a deal that’s fair for both sides that ehat we voted them in for to lead this country and not to destroy it for political gain, I am an Imigrant and I love this Country i had enough of this socialist bullcrapp in Europe so lets stop right here .This country is loved by so many people because of its freedom and oportunity for everybody don’t let us give up all this good thingd and exept to be nannyed by the Goverment.We are all grownups and can decide our self what is best for us our kids and grandkids .If you liberals can’t do that I feel sorry for you

        • Deerinwater

          Well? Hmmm ~ “economy killing policies in place if not this dickhead in the White House”

          “Tax cuts create jobs and simulate the economy”

          In any debate on taxes and their effect on business, keep in mind that taxes are only paid on profits. Costs are counted against profits. High taxes are, therefore, an inducement to invest (create deductible costs). Labor is a cost. High taxes are, therefore, an inducement to hiring people. Not, of course, at random, but people who will grow the business and increase the value of the business.

          Your answer! GW Bush administration


          “Low taxes are an inducement to reduce costs – at whatever cost – and take profits. We currently have low taxes. If the theoretical model above is correct, the result should be high unemployment and high corporate profits. Moreover, profits that are retained. That are not reinvested. Except to purchase other companies. Which is exactly what we have experienced. ”

          “During the George W. Bush administration, the federal government spending was increased from $1789 billion to $2983 billion (70%) but the revenues were only increased from $2025 billion to $2524 billion (25%). Individual income tax revenues were increased by 14%, corporate tax revenues by 50%, customs and duties by 40%. Discretionary defense spending was increased by 107%, discretionary domestic spending by 62%, Medicare spending by 131%, social security by 51%, and income security spending by 130%. Cyclically adjusted, revenues rose by 35% and spending by 65%. [3]

          Also proportionally Bush increased government spending more than any predecessor since Lyndon B. Johnson.[4]

          • Robert Messmer

            LOL I knew it wouldn’t take much to find out that it is all Bush’s fault. How about a complex set of laws, policies, regulations, SCOTUS decisions, IRS interpretations going back to FDR? Let’s not forget Clinton and his shipping jobs out of the US with NAFTA.

        • FreedomTrainUSA

          Is Deerinwater…Really “Deer in the Headlights”????

      • Angrymike

        OK, we shall see, oh did you sign up for your obamacare to go with your Obama phone yet????????

        • Deerinwater

          It that like a Bat phone? ~ I have many phones maybe 9 or 12 ~ too many to know without checking ~ but no bat phones or obama phones. ~

          Phones are trinkets ~ like cheap jewelry , the service is where the cost lies.

          Why would you ask? Should I go get a dozen or so?

          As for sighing up! ~ not yet ~ I’m a war vet and enjoy vested entitlement with the VA ( such as it is)

          however ~ I did receive a letter from the VA days ago, ~ Let me read part of it to you, ~

          “What is the Affordable health car act.also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage to ALL Americans, lower cost and improve quality and care coordination. Under the health care law , people will have; health care coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1st 2014.

          “If you are enrolled in VA heath care , you don’t need to take additional steps to meet the heath care coverage standards”

          So does that sound like I might need to sign up to you?

          Now , ~ I served my country and she had her way with me ~ There was 2 years of my life, that my country came first in everything that I did. ~ That i managed to live through it to hear you crack wise may well be your loss but it won’t be mine.

          • Angrymike

            Thank you for serving OUR country. But the the TEA party isn’t the problem, government bloating and overreach is, we are not racisssst, we are just sick and tired for doing what others should do for themselves. Welfare was set up as a safety net, not a job……..

          • FreedomTrainUSA

            Correct…The Tea Party does not control the White House as that goes to the D****RATS….The Tea Party does not control the Senate as that goes to the D****RATS…The Tea Party does not Control the House as that goes to the ESTABLISMENT RINOS…

  • Deerinwater

    Only when loss of profits and the misery index reaches such a level might this shut down no longer be ignored might we know who won something. ~ All I can say at this point is , ~ I hope it was all worth it as we come to “Down and Dirty, read’em and weep” time.

    Personally, I’m not certain that America needs a class A credit rating status . ~ It has never done me a lot of good, ~ more times than not, only got me in trouble.

    I never met a wealthy man that did behave like he was always broke and losing money. This makes me tend to believe that this is the mindset required to ever be wealthy.

  • B
    • FreedomTrainUSA

      The main reason that the “Little Boy” Dictator is in the White House both 2008 and 2012….Is because of MAJOR ELECTION FRAUD took place…This is combined with the fact that a large part of the voters these days are BRAIN DEAD ROBOTS…

  • B

    All you Dems back a criminal with no ethic or moral fiber, read the link below!!!

  • sick of Obama!

    I hope people don’t sign up for this lousy coverage. It cost way too much and and with peoples hours cut how are they supposed to afford it. It needs to be repealed . Obama has not accomplished anything! His child like attitude doesn’t help. He has no backbone and makes the US look bad!

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      He is a Narcissistic Little Boy Dictator….Who throws a Temper Tantrum whenever he does not get his way…All of this SO CALLED GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN…is just another of his many Temper Tantrums…A Leader he is NOT…A very Mentally Unhinged Immature Little TYRANT HE CERTIANLY IS…

  • sick of Obama!

    I think there out to be a law that a canidate for president should have to serve in the Military. They should also have some prior experience in running a business. That would have kept Obama OUT!!!!!

    • Deerinwater

      Hmm? ~ That would rule out our longest reigning President.

      • FreedomTrainUSA

        By that I take it that you mean FDR….Who helped put in place much of the SOCIALISM that we have now….and that ones like LBJ…Lame Brain Johnson…The Little Boy Dictator and others added to..

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      Add to that that they must be an American Citizen…and that would have ruled out the “Little Boy Dictator”

  • Bluleader

    Last balanced budget in America was during Bill Clinton’s presidency (DEM). However, the senate and the house were both republican controlled. And, only 85% of the gov’t. is shut down not 100%. The fed employees are taking an unpaid holiday, but guess what, when they finally do settle spending our money, they get back pay…
    Who are these people looking after our best interests? Why do they get to be exempt from Obama care?
    I’m hoping this leads to a smaller, less intrusive gov’t.

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      The fastest way to get rid of the “Death Care” Legislation would be if the “Little Boy Dictator…Congress and the rest of the DC CessPool had to be a part of the “Train Wreck”…..Of course if they knew in advance that they must be a part of it…We would never have had it passed in the first place…