Shutdown Solutions?

3 Oct

Face it, no matter how hard we try to NOT think about it, we’re all faced with the shut down of the federal government.    Probably the ones feeling it the least are the same people responsible for not agreeing on a compromise for the budget.  While those who are not members of Congress lack the fine detail of why there has been no agreement in our lame duck Congress for a budget, one single fact has become quite obvious to everyone.

Congress failed to do its duty to America and its citizens.

In my eyes, its the equivalent of treason because it goes way past inefficiency and lack of sincere concern.  The shut down isn’t merely a mild inconvenience, it is putting America at genuine risk.

All because they can’t get their own way?

Everybody wants to point their finger at Obama as being the one responsible for everything from the Affordable Health Care Act to the economy.  The reality is that the executive branch does not legislate.  Unless the action was the result of an executive order, it was the result of legislation passed by Congress and then, only then, signed into law by the president.  That means that the so-called Obamacare plan was enacted in a lawful manner by Congress, whether you or I either one actually like it or wanted it.  Our representatives and senators are the responsible parties, not Obama.  If you hate it, hate them.  If you like it, like them.  All Obama did or could do was advise during the legislative stage and sign it into law after Congress had brewed and stewed over it.

So with that understood…understand this.  The government shut down came about because Congress could not reach an agreement on a budget.  It wasn’t the supreme court’s judges or the governor of California or the prime minister of the United Kingdom’s fault, and it’s not Obama’s either.  The responsible parties are the ones that you elected, right in  your home state, and they likely have offices near your home so that they can theoretically keep in touch with their constituents.

You can believe me that I know the name of our two senators and my representative, and I know their email addresses too.  I also know exactly how long it takes for me to receive their form responses to any comments I email them–1-4 months.  Do I think they are particularly responsive to their constituency in this day and age?

Hell no.

Will I vote for any of them ever again.

Double that hell  no.

But you know what?  Incompetent job performance, which is what has resulted in the government shut down, should result in termination.  That creates a bit of a dilemma.  Some of those in Washington probably put sincere effort into trying to do their job, but were hopelessly outgunned by the majority who were refusing to do so.  With so much incompetency though, we are stuck with a blanket solution in order to have a plausible solution at all.

I think a government shut down should have serious repercussions for the ones responsible for causing it.  Things like:

  • No member of Congress should receive pay or any other benefits during a government shutdown, including retirement pay, medical care, per diem, etc.
  • No congressional support staff should receive pay or any other benefits during  a government shut down, and cannot be coerced into performing their duties during the shut down.
  • No member of Congress or congressional support staff shall receive retroactive pay or benefits for the duration of the government shut down.
  • 30 days after the initial day of a government shut down, all senators and representatives will be facing elections in their home states to maintain their seat or be replaced for the duration of their term.  That would at least give us a new Congress that might get something done, as well as reducing the likelihood of any shut down occurring to begin with.  We all know how these career politicians like to protect their cushy jobs.

When the discomfort of shut downs are affecting Congress as much as they are everyone else, perhaps they will work a little harder to try and do their job.  Besides, if they aren’t getting paid or enjoying the many perks of their position, we might save a bit on the budget and make a shut down worthwhile.  And the best part of a shut down? We would have a national opportunity to clean house and get a new crew in that just might do the job the way they are supposed to.

Can we say “congressional job fair” folks?

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2 Responses to “Shutdown Solutions?”

  1. waltermondalejnr October 4, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Okay so we all know from polling (every man, woman, child and invertebrate has been polled it seems) that the public broadly supports the Dems on the gov’t shut down / healthcare circus. And we kinda know that they support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue if they manage to frame the argument as being about “fiscal responsibility” and spending etc.

    So theoretically the first battle should have been settled in the Dems favour and the second one in the GOP’s favour. The war playing out in a 1 – 1 draw.

    Theoretically. Because an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The budget debacle (in which polling shows the Dems should win the battle for popular opinion) is STILL not resolved and the debt ceiling fight is about to start in earnest.

    Thus it seems that the two battles will now become one MEGA battle (revolving around both issues) in which the winner takes all.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    This battle is turning into a winner-takes-all Super Bowl of political warfare.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation (which he knew was a loser in terms of public opinion) in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis, which is he thinks he can win. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now as the shut down / ACA fight carries on so long that it merges with the Debt Ceiling fight.

    So who will win this showdown?

    Will the Dem’s be able to make this mega-confrontation all about the gov’t shut down & ACA stuff and win, or will the GOP manage to grab the narrative and make the fight all about the debt ceiling / supposed “fiscal responsibility” and win this gloves-off political cage fight?

    With mid-term elections just round the corner,the stakes couldn’t be higher. The team that wins this mega-fight will triumph in the mid-term elections, and the one that loses this stand-off loses in the mid-terms. Control of the House and Senate will be probably be decided this month.

    Maybe.

    Stay tuned!

  2. tony1113 October 14, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    IS obama THE RIDICULOUS PUPPET OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD, BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD, ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD AND EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ?

    ” LaRouche: Behind The Shutdown & Debt Ceiling Swindle Wall St. Orders Obama To Kill Glass-Steagall

    PDF leaflet available here. http://larouchepac.com/node/28432

    Wall Street had demanded that President Barack Obama stop the reinstatement of Glass Steagall at all costs and instead move ahead with more bailouts and bail-in looting of the American people to preserve their thoroughly bankrupt system. The Wall Street policy means an acceleration of crippling hyperinflation, devastating austerity and, ultimately, mass murder of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
    Several highly qualified Washington sources have confirmed that this was the ultimatum delivered by the Wall Street delegation that met privately with Obama on Wednesday afternoon Oct. 2 at the White House. The delegation was organized by the Financial Services Forum, a coalition of the nation’s 19 biggest banks and insurance companies, and included Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs; Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America; Michael Corbat, CEO of Citibank; and Anshu Jain, CEO of Deutsche Bank.
    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde delivered the same message in an interview with the Financial Times on Oct. 4, in which she demanded that the Federal Reserve maintain the $85 billion a month quantitative easing bailout of the top Wall Street and Europe banks indefinitely. And Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, speaking for Obama, threatened that any U.S. default will trigger a financial crisis far worse than the September 2008 meltdown.
    The reality, as bluntly stated by Lyndon LaRouche today, is that the ongoing government shutdown and threatened default on U.S. sovereign debt on Oct. 17 is nothing more than an orchestrated swindle, aimed at conditioning the American people for the murderous policies that have already been accepted by Obama and by leading Congressional Republicans.
    LaRouche warned: “Unless Glass Steagall is passed into law immediately, Obama and Wall Street plan to unleash the worst mass murder austerity and looting of the American people ever. The total separation of commercial banking from all the gambling activities under Glass Steagall is the only remedy. Bankrupt Wall Street now, before they can unleash their genocidal schemes full-force. President Obama is nothing but a tool of these Wall Street interests, as evidenced by his slavish commitment to maintain the bailout/bail-in program and stop Glass Steagall.”
    LaRouche continued: “In a matter of days or weeks, Obama and his Congressional Republican cohorts, on orders from Wall Street, are going to unleash absolute Hell on the American public through even deeper killer austerity cuts than the sequestration of the past months. The government shutdown is the biggest dog and pony show ever, intended to prepare the population to accept more hyperinflation, more bailouts and bail-ins, and worsening conditions so that Wall Street can survive a bit longer while honest, hard-working Americans die in ever greater numbers.
    “It is time for Congress to break from Wall Street and the bankers stooge in the White House, and do the only thing that can set the United States back on a course of genuine prosperity: Pass Glass Steagall by a veto-proof majority this week.”
    “By passing Glass Steagall, the vise-grip of Wall Street is immediately broken. Once the too-big-to-fail banks are no longer kept alive by tax-payers bailouts and depositor bail-ins, they go under. Good riddance! We are then left with a viable but undercapitalized commercial banking system and with an immediate opportunity to revive Federal government credit to launch great economic projects like NAWAPA and an Apollo-style crash international program for commercial thermonuclear fusion energy.”
    “The moment of truth has arrived,” LaRouche concluded, “and I call on the American people to demand that Congress stop behaving like a bunch of corrupt fools, going along with the Wall Street Obama swindle. Pass Glass Steagall, wipe out the power of Wall Street and their European allies, and get on with the business of reviving this nation and the world around a plan of genuine development, as my colleagues and I have spelled out.” ” http://larouchepac.com/node/28430 http://larouchepac.com/node/28498
    ( OBAMA AND CONGRESS SET TO SELL OUT AMERICAN PEOPLE http://larouchepac.com/node/28507 )
    ( OBAMA AGAIN PULLS THE PLUG ON WASHINGHTON TALKS; LAROUCHE SAYS THE ONLY VIABLE DEAL REQUIRES REMOVING OBAMA FROM OFFICE http://larouchepac.com/node/28523 )

    WHO CONTROLS WALL STREET AND obama ?

    1) ” JPMORGAN Chase has an International Council which provides advice to the bank’s leadership on economic, political and social trends across various regions and around the world. The International Council is chaired by TONY BLAIR, former Prime Minister of the UK, who also sits as an adviser to Zurich Financial. ” http://www.occupy.com/article/global-power-project-part-4-banking-influence-jpmorgan-chase
    THE BLAIR’S FAMILY HAS FRIENDSHIPS WITH THE FAMILY OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/6672904/Roman-Polanski-will-be-too-late-to-complete-his-film.html
    “Tony Blair. Illegitimate Son Of Jacob Rothschild….Evidence”
    http://the-tap.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-you-spot-it.html
    TONY BLAIR IS ALSO A FRIEND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND OF HIS WIFE . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1138789/Now-Tony-Blairs-finally-got-private-jet-hes-wanted-rented.html
    NOW WE MUST NOTICE A STRANGE COINCIDENCE:” TONY BLAIR A GREAT FRIEND OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND ALSO GREAT FRIEND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND “CASUALLY” HE FOUND A GOOD PLACE IN THE BANK JP MORGAN”. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/28/heckler-brands-tony-blair-a-war-criminal-over-jpmorgan-payments/
    http://landdestroyer.blogspot.de/2012/05/protester-calls-tony-blair-war-criminal.html http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/celebritymoney/article-2167655/Former-PM-Tony-Blair-alleged-earned-80million-2007.html
    http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article-2167038/Tony-Blair-earned-20m-just-year-advising-business-bosses-foreign-governments.html
    JP MORGAN IS ALSO CONNECTED WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD CONTROLLED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild) AND BY HIS WIFE
    ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ). http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/juan-bergas-sastre/22/39/898/en http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Richard-Madeley/89504503
    ( NAZI ” j.p. morgan SAYS POST-WWII ANTI-FASCIST CONSTITUTIONS ARE OBSTACLE TO REIMPOSING FASCISM ” http://larouchepac.com/node/26996 )
    http://waronyou.com/forums/index.php?topic=25529.0 http://larouchepac.com/node/28338
    ” How Citibank and JP MORGAN Crafted Argentina’s Shock Therapy Program, January 2006
    In this interview with the Lavaca Collective, historian Alejandro Olmos Gaona reveals that the banks JP MORGAN and Citibank wrote Argentina’s shock therapy program. Accoreding to Gaona, the economic plan mandated, “ the privatization of utilities, the labor law reform, the privatization of the pension system. It is all laid out with great attention to detail…. one believes that the economic plan pursued since 1992 was Domingo Cavallo’s creation, but that’s not the way it is.”
    Argentina’s former Economy Minister discusses the impact of Argentina’s shock therapy measures, stating that 700,000 workers were fired during this period. ”
    http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/resources/part3/chapter8
    ( IS LONDON RUNNING WETWORKS IN ARGENTINA AIMED AT PRESIDENT CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER? http://larouchepac.com/node/28526 )

    2) GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONTROLLED BY BLACKROCK.
    ” BlackRock says it owns about 6.2% of Goldman and 5.4% of Morgan Stanley ” http://advisor.morningstar.com/articles/printfriendly.asp?s=&docId=18573&print=yes
    ” Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and Barclays PLC own economic interests in BlackRock approximating 34.1%, 24.6% and 19.9%, respectively, with the remainder owned by institutional and individual investors, as well as BlackRock employees.”
    http://publicintelligence.net/blackrock-inc/
    Bank of America is connected with the person of Warren Buffet a notorious friend of JACOB ROTHSCHILD.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/14/warren-buffett-ibm_n_1092165.html
    JACOB ROTHSCHILD “Hosted the European Economic Round Table conference in 2002 at Waddesdon Manor, attended by such figures as James Wolfensohn, Nicky Oppenheimer, Warren Buffet, and Arnold Schwarzenegger ” https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    Bank Of America and Merrill Lynch are also related with the Edmond De Rothschild, owned by BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, through the persons of Gerald Levy, Matthieu Walterspiler, Barbara Colombo, Beate Bakker, etc… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gerald-levy/60/b49/b87 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/walterspiler http://www.linkedin.com/pub/barbara-colombo/26/b21/766 http://ch.linkedin.com/pub/beate-bakker/16/a55/491
    Warren Buffet is also a friend of EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD.
    https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    The same Warren Buffet, that is chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, ” agreed to purchase $5 billion in Goldman’s preferred stock “.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldman_Sachs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkshire_Hathaway
    Barclays is a bank related with the British Royal Family and therefore connected with JACOB ROTHSCHILD and EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD.
    ” Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD, the behind-the-scenes controller of the Inter-Alpha Group, was a partner at Rothschild at the time he set up the Inter-Alpha Group in 1971, using its resources and then leaving in 1980 to continue his special mission, which includes advising the genocidal British Crown and managing the funds of Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall, to finance his kooky, “green” schemes.”
    http://unitednationsoffilm.com/?p=1728
    ” Prince Charles already played polo with EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD in his student years and later set up the Interfaith consultations with him. ”
    http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/people_with_the_endless_bios.htm
    EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II,[2] for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild
    Barclays Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland are also linked with BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD.
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-scolan/a/ba1/7b7 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-phillips/4/5b9/772 http://it.linkedin.com/pub/guido-corsetti/a/67a/44a http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-jugniot/b/78/884
    ( Goldman Sachs’s Himes Joins Obama in Putting Entitlement Cuts on the Table http://larouchepac.com/node/28506 )
    ( Bankster Mouthpiece Comes Out as Nazi: We Have A Crisis Because People Are Living Too Long http://larouchepac.com/node/28502 )
    ( LaRouche PAC Gears Up National War on Wall Street http://larouchepac.com/node/28483 )
    http://prof77.wordpress.com/politics/an-updated-list-of-goldman-sachs-ties-to-the-obama-government-including-elena-kagan/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13489879
    GOLDMAN SACHS CONTROLS ALSO THE EUROPEAN UNION BECAUSE MARIO DRAGHI, THE CHIEF OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, IS A MAN OF GOLDMAN SACHS.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/what-price-the-new-democracy-goldman-sachs-conquers-europe-6264091.html
    ( FIVE YEARS LATER: RED CROSS, CARITAS WARN OF EUROPE’S DESCENT INTO HELL http://larouchepac.com/node/28529 )

    3) WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
    DAVID HAYSEY ” HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS ” AND IN THE PAST ” DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ” HAS BEEN ” MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK ” http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3
    ” In 2012 RIT Capital saw management changes with the exit of investment director Mikael Breuer-Weil and the appointment of Ron Tabbouche. The first half of 2013 saw further changes with the resignation of David Haysey, head of public equity and manager of the RIT global quality portfolio. ” http://www.iii.co.uk/articles/110881/oriel-rates-lord-rothschilds-rit-capital-positive
    RON TABBOUCHE HAS BEEN SALES ANALYST AT DEUTSCHE BANK. http://www.trustnet.com/Managers/ManagerFactsheet.aspx?personCode=00000065RA&univ=O
    Today, Jacob [Rothschild] is Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc, one of the largest investment trusts quoted on the London Stock Exchange with a net asset value of about £2 billion.[5] He is Chairman of J Rothschild Capital Management, a subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
    THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK.
    VERNON JORDAN, THE BIG FRIEND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND LYNN DE ROTHSCHILD, HAS BEEN A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/8570529/vernon-jordan-jr
    ” LYNN [the wife of EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD] is the CEO of ELR Holdings and became a director of The Economist in 2002. She launched FirstMark Communications in the late 1990s and got EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, Henry Kissinger, Vernon Jordan (senior managing director LAZARD; close Clinton friend and advisor; friend of EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD; permanent Bilderberg visitor), Michael J. Price (former managing director LAZARD), Nathan Myhrvold (former CEO Microsoft; PPI Task Force member), and others as its initial directors.”
    ” In late August 2004, Clinton and his wife Hillary, EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, LYNN DE ROTHSCHILD, Vernon Jordan, and Prince Andrew were all hanging out at the Vineyard at their very own “Anyone but Bush” party. Rothschild and Jordan were jointly celebrating their birthdays that day. Together with his wife he attended the 32nd Williamsburg Conference in Delhi in 2004. ” https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE
    ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ).
    http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265
    ” Deutsche Bank, now the number one derivatives- and currency-trading bank in the world through its City of London operation, survived to become what it is now — a monster with a $72 trillion derivatives portfolio — because it was massively bailed out in October 2008 by Timothy Geithner and the New York Fed.” http://larouchepac.com/node/26698
    ( ROBBER BARONS OF DEUTSCHE BANK PLAN TO STEAL THE DEPOSITS OF THE SAVERS http://larouchepac.com/node/27223 http://larouchepac.com/node/28525 )
    CORRUPT EUROPEAN UNION HAS PREPARED BIG FUND (EUROPEAN STABILITY MECHANISM) WITH THE MONEY OF THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS TO SAVE BANKRUPT DEUTSCHE BANK. http://larouchepac.com/node/23172 http://larouchepac.com/node/23502 http://larouchepac.com/node/23218
    ( UNITED KINGDOM IS A PROTECTORATE OF DEUTSCHE BANK http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100033519/with-bankers-as-his-friends-david-cameron-needs-no-enemies/ )
    UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT DENOUNCED FOR CRIMES AGAINST DISABLED PEOPLE TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT IN THE HAGUE
    http://www.mssociety.org.uk/forum/everyday-living/united-kingdom-government-denounced-crimes-against-disabled-people-internation
    EXCLUSIVE: RED CROSS LAUNCHES EMERGENCY FOOD AID PLAN FOR UK’S HUNGRY
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-red-cross-launches-emergency-food-aid-plan-for-uks-hungry-8872496.html
    ALSO GREECE IS A PROTECTORATE OF DEUTSCHE BANK http://www.larouchepub.com/hzl/2011/3829banks_dictate_eu_bailout.html
    ( GREECE MULLS “DEBT CAMPS” FOR TAXPAYERS http://libertyfirewall.com/2013/06/01/greece-mulls-debt-camps-for-taxpayers/ )
    http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/11/22/greece-in-crisis-dramatic-increase-of-suicides-3124-people-in-2009-2012/
    http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/07/31/austrian-ngo-supplies-greek-hospital-with-drugs-paramedic-material-for-uninsured-patients/

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