Come here, I’ll tell you a secret…the guv’ment not really shut down

Can it really be called a “shutdown” when you look at the evidence below?  And if that be the case, then what are the politicians bickering about on Capitol Hill?  Is this all smoke and mirrors?

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse

October 3, 2013

All of this whining and crying about a “government shutdown” is a total joke.  You see, there really is very little reason why this “government shutdown” cannot continue indefinitely because almost everything is still running.

63 percent of all federal workers are still working, and 85 percent of all government activities are still being funded during this “shutdown”.  Yes, the Obama administration has been making a big show of taking down government websites and blocking off the World War II Memorial, but overall business in Washington D.C. is being conducted pretty much as usual.  It turns out that the definition of “essential personnel” has expanded so much over the years that almost everyone is considered “essential” at this point.  In fact, this shutdown is such a non-event that even referring to it as a “partial government shutdown” would really be overstating what is actually happening.  The following are 36 facts which prove that almost everything is still running during this government shutdown…

#1 According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, 85 percent of all government activities are actually being funded during this “government shutdown”.

#2 Approximately 1,350,000 ”essential” federal employees will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.

#3 Overall, 63 percent of the federal workforce will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.

#4 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver our mail.

#5 U.S. military personnel will remain on duty and will continue to get paid.

#6 Social Security recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#7 Medicare recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#8 Medicaid recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#9 Food stamp recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#10 Those on unemployment will continue to get their benefits.

#11 Federal retirees will continue to get their pensions.

#12 The federal school lunch program has enough money to go through at least the end of this month.

#13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.

#14 Almost all federal law enforcement officials will continue working.

#15 The Federal Reserve will remain “completely functional“.

#16 The Supreme Court will continue to operate normally and federal courts have enough money to keep going for at least two weeks.

#17 TSA employees will continue to molest travelers at our airports.

#18 Air traffic controllers will continue to monitor traffic at our airports.

#19 Hopelessly outmanned border patrol agents will continue to try to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

#20 Visas and passports will continue to be issued by the State Department.

#21 The Veterans Administration will continue to offer substandard medical services, and it will be able to continue processing benefit payments at least for now.

#22 The Obama administration apparently has plenty of money to spend on closing open-air memorials that are usually open to the public 24 hours a day.

#23 The Department of Defense announced the awarding of 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than 5 billion dollars on September 30th – the day right before the “government shutdown”.

#24 The “government shutdown” has not prevented the new two billion dollar NSA spy center from opening up.

#25 Federal prisons will continue to operate normally.

#26 Amtrak trains will continue to run.

#27 The Patent and Trademark Office will be open.

#28 The Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to issue product recalls if the products “create an immediate threat to the safety of human life“.

#29 The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Centerwill continue to track weather patterns.

#30 If the federal government needs to respond to a natural disaster, this “shutdown” will not affect that.

#31 NASA will continue to support the Mars Rover and the two American astronauts up on the International Space Station.

#32 All city employees of the D.C. government have been deemed “essential” and will continue to go to work.

#33 Even though the Obamacare exchanges are not working properly, people will still be able to access them.

#34 The IRS will continue to collect taxes, but it will be suspending punitive audits of conservative organizations.

#35 Barack Obama will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

#36 The U.S. Congress will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

Of course not everything is operating normally during this government shutdown.  Government parks are closed.  The EPA and the Department of Energy have almost totally closed up shop.  But overall, most Americans are not going to notice much of a difference.

And perhaps now is a good time for the American people to evaluate whether or not they actually need a gigantic federal government that wastes enormous mountains of our money.

For example, our federal government recently spent $98,670 to construct a single outhouse in Alaska.

That is more than a lot of Americans pay for their entire houses.

For many more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled “The Waste List: 66 Crazy Ways That The U.S. Government Is Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money“.

It is about time that Washington D.C. started experiencing some of the “belt-tightening” that the rest of the country has been going through.  For far too long, the fatcats in D.C. have been living in an alternate reality where they have been able to live the high life at our expense.  A recent blog post by Daniel Greenfield discussed how this shutdown is going to affect the alternate reality that the Obamas have been living in…

The government shutdown has forced Obama to make do with only a quarter of his 1,701 person staff. That would leave 436 “vital” employees. The 90 people who look after his living quarters would be slashed to 15 to “provide minimum maintenance and support”.

Buckingham Palace, which is twelve times the size of the White House and has its own clockmaker, only has an 800 person staff. King Harald V of Norway and his court make do with 152 staffers. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gets by with 203.

On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries. There are more directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors on Michelle Obama’s staff than there were in George Washington’s entire administration.

Presidents have fought wars and made peace, explored and annexed vast territories and built a nation out of a handful of colonies with fewer senior staffers than are needed to handle Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

Oh the humanity!  Will Michelle Obama ever tweet again?  And how will the White House continue to function without at least one projectionist on duty at the White House 24 hours a day?

No wonder Barack Obama is so upset about this shutdown.

In the end, this shutdown could turn out to be very good for America.  We have a government that is wildly out of control and that desperately needs to be reigned in.

During the Obama administration, federal debt held by the public has risen by 90 percent, and overall federal government spending has risen by a whopping 317 percent since 1990.

So is it really a bad thing that the federal government has been forced to cut back for a little while?

Our politicians can whine and cry all they want.  They won’t be getting any sympathy from me.


Mr. Paul, what do you believe?

Everyone, including myself, championed Sen. Rand Paul (R), Kentucky, when he put the Obama administration on the spot in relation to the use of drones on American soil.

Now we may be thinking differently.

I know I’m a little late on this topic, but you know what they say – better late than never.  Anyway, Rand Paul went on Fox News Business with Neil Cavuto and said that if someone robs a liquor store, runs around with fifty dollars in their pocket, he has no problem with a drone strike taking them.


Okay, Senator, what if that drone strike kills a cop?  A civilian?  What if that gunman runs into someone’s garage and a sleeping families lives are snuffed out? – all because YOU had no problem with a heat seeking missile splattering someone’s guts all over the place?

Is that considered acceptable collateral damage?  Watch the news clip:

Senator Paul, just what do you believe?

Political Charades

My long-standing record of being a third-party voter has been characterized as “ridiculous” and “impractical”.  As ridiculous and impractical it may seem, it’s what I feel is right.  What’s better – voting for the lesser of two evils?

Perhaps you have heard this argument: “I would vote for a third-party, but they won’t get elected because no one votes for them.”  Well, no duh, genius!  Say something else that’s obvious!  How about the sky is blue?

A couple of months ago, one of my friends posted a comment on Facebook lambasting the president for stump speaking for Democratic candidates around the country (haven’t they all?).  A huge debate and commentary followed, in which, others “upset with the political system” vented frustration at our nation’s political climate.  In basic terms I simply said – and I fear that this might be true – that this is the best that we have, so we might as well learn to deal with it.  Furthermore, I propositioned those who commented with a simple, but apparently difficult ultimatum: What are any of you willing to do about it?

No one answered.

You see, the American people have become just as complacent as the politicians.  We like to keep things nice and tidy, sweep things under the rug when possible.  Gun enthusiasts are livid over the “Fast and Furious” fiasco, but nothing will come of it.  Why?  Because the American people want to see 1% of the corruption and scandal.  To see anything more than necessary would agitate our already conflicted lives.

Rand Paul has already shown his true colors by casting his lot with Mitt Romney.  He could still adhere to the principles that he ran on, he may not – but I’m not so certain that he deserves a second term.  It may have been better for Kentuckians to vote for the Conway fella.

So, alas, I come to my point: If the American people are so chagrined by the policies of this government and those who make them, why do we continue to vote for the “lesser of two evils”?  Why cast your lot with a proven hypocrite?  The definition of insanity is doing something repetitively and expecting a different result.

Does the political arena in the United States sound insane to you?

Today the Republicans in Congress will be voting to repeal Obamacare for the thirty-third time.  This is political rhetoric.  If the GOP wanted to abolish the Affordable Healthcare Act, then they chose the wrong front-man to spearhead the operation.  Nothing gives me the red ass more than to hear someone say this of Romney: “He’s better than Obama!”  Wow!  What a cogent argument!

It’s funny, isn’t it?  In 2004 the Democrats had a flip-flopping liberal from Massachusetts.  Now in 2012 the Republicans have a flip-flopping conservative from Massachusetts.

You can vote for the lesser of two evils, but remember – you’re insane.

Rand Paul supports Bilderberg attendee Mitt Romeny – Very disappointing!

What was all that talk in the lead-up to the 2010 elections?  Transparency in government?  No secret meetings?  Out with the establishment?

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Smaller government?  End the Fed?  What was all this nonsense we Americans were told?  We should have know better than to trust guarantees handed to us on a silver platter, even if it were from Rand Paul.

It’ been the talk of the week, and when I saw it, I couldn’t believe that I saw that Rand Paul had thrown in support for Romney.  Are you kidding me?!  He’s a liberal in sheep’s clothing, a flip-flopper! – you can’t believe anything he says, this guy!  And apparently, Romney is a 2012 Bilderberg attendee; just like Obama and Hillary Clinton in ’08.

Watch as Mr. Paul brushes off Luke Rudkowski like a gnat:

Here he is two years ago:

Dramatic change!  I’m with Alex Jones, I think that “they” have something on Rand Paul (that blonde looks pretty cute).  I guess that my boss was right – there’s not a politician that’s not crooked.

Eyewitnesses:  Mitt Romney Attended Bilderberg 2012

Four separate hotel staff report seeing presidential candidate

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Four separate eyewitnesses inside the Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly Virginia told London Guardian writer Charlie Skelton that Mitt Romney was in attendance at Bilderberg 2012, suggesting the Republican candidate could be the elite’s pick for the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

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“Four eyewitnesses on the hotel staff told me Willard Mitt Romney was here at Bilderberg 2012. My four eyewitnesses place him inside. That’s one more than Woodward and Bernstein used. Romney’s office initially refused to confirm or deny his attendance as Bilderberg is “not public”. They later said it was not him,” writes Skelton.

The London Guardian writer adds that the fact Romney’s name did not appear on the official list of attendees is meaningless. Numerous power brokers, including Bill Gates, were photographed arriving at the event yet were not included on the list of participants, as is routinely the case.

With speculation already raging that Romney’s potential VP – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels – was already being groomed by Bilderberg cronies, Romney’s appearance at the secretive confab of global power brokers suggests that he is being favored by the elite, who have seemingly lost faith in Barack Obama.

As Skelton noted in a separate report, on Saturday afternoon a limousine arrived at the hotel surrounded by a police motorcade, signaling the arrival of a “heavyweight politician”. Could this have been Mitt Romney? It’s unlikely given the fact that he was appearing at fundraisers on the west coast all weekend, but Romney’s schedule for Thursday, the first day of the Bilderberg meeting, was clear.

An invite to the Bilderberg conference has routinely proven beneficial to future Presidents and Prime Ministers.

Four years ago during a heated battle on the campaign trail, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave reporters the slip to attend the 2008 Bilderberg meeting at the same hotel. On precisely the same weekend as the confab was taking place, the Washington Post announced that Hillary was withdrawing from the presidential race and would support Obama.

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were both groomed by the secretive organization in the early 1990′s before rising to prominence. Portugal’s Pedro Santana Lopes and Jose Socrates attended the 2004 meeting in Stresa, Italy before both going on to become Prime Minster of Portugal.

Bilderberg also played a key role in selecting John Edwards and John Kerry’s running mate in 2004 and Bilderberg luminary James A. Johnson also hand-picked Joe Biden as VP in 2008.

Confirmation that Romney attended Bilderberg 2012 may be hard to come by, but news that the former Governor of Minnesota’s email account was compromised by a hacker could offer proof, although no emails have been leaked thus far.

Ron Paul Vows to Audit the Fed next year

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Everyday the Fed shreds millions of dollar; proving, thusly, that the dollar has absolutely no value.  On top of that the Fed can print money at will.  And when they do that, it is loaned to the United States Treasury and paid back by you and I.

President Barack Obama ran on the campaign of “Yes We Can” and promised more transparency when it came to the Fed.  But his “transparency” was more like a pot calling the kettle black.  His treasury secretary is Timothy Geithner, you do not need to be told this.  But what you may not know is that once upon a time, Geithner was the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve.

Audit the Federal Reserve and audit it now.

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Representative Ron Paul on Thursday said he will push to examine the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions if he takes control of the congressional subcommittee that oversees the central bank as expected in January.

“I think they’re way too independent. They just shouldn’t have this power,” Paul, a longtime Fed critic, said in an interview with Reuters. “Up until recently it has been modest but now it’s totally out of control.”

Paul is currently the top Republican on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees domestic monetary policy, and is likely to head the panel when Republicans take control of the chamber in January.

That could create a giant headache for the Fed, which earlier this year fended off an effort headed by Paul to open up its internal deliberations on interest rates and monetary easing to congressional scrutiny.

Paul, who has written a book called “End the Fed,” has been a fierce critic of the central bank’s efforts to boost the economy through monetary policy.

“It’s an outrage, what is happening, and the Congress more or less has not said much about it,” he said.

Paul said his subcommittee would also push to examine the country’s gold reserves and highlight the views of economists who believe that economic downturns are caused by bad monetary policy, not the vagaries of the free market.

Global organizations like the International Monetary Fund also will come under scrutiny, he said.

“Eventually we’re going to have monetary reform. I do not believe the dollar can be the reserve standard of the world,” said Paul, who has called for returning the United States to a currency backed by gold or silver.

Many economists say that the Fed’s decisive actions during the 2008 financial crisis prevented the deep recession that followed from turning into a depression. But grassroots outrage over the bank bailouts and other Fed actions helped propel many Republican candidates to victory in Tuesday’s congressional elections — including Paul’s son, Rand Paul, who will represent Kentucky in the Senate.

“With a lot of new members coming and the problems getting worse rather better, there’s going to be a lot more people who are going to be looking for answers,” Paul said.

Rand Paul to Conway: “You can tell you’re lying when your lips are moving”

Last nights Senate debate in Kentucky between Rand Paul (son of Congressman Ron Paul) and Jack Conway took a heated turn.  In recent months GQ and the Washington Post has run stories of Rand Paul kidnapping, drugging and forcing a woman to “worship” his god “Aqua Buddha.” 

Now these stories would have a lot more validity to them if: (1) The source gave her name.  (2) There was some sort of police investigation; which there was not.  (3) And, thirdly, if the victim had not said that everything is being blown out of proportion.

Watch the clip below:

In his opening statement Rand Paul addressed the issue of Jack Conway’s commercials in saying that politics has hit a “new low.”  And on several occasions asked Conway “have you no shame?”  But I guess the most disturbing moment for me was that Rand Paul did not deny the incident.  Yes, it happened almost thirty years ago.  No, there is no evidence of the fact.  And like most good Washington scandals; it is sold to a magazine and is something that happened a long time ago, or has gone on for a long time.

This glorious story was sold to a magazine by a woman who refuses to be named.  And by my equation, I would say that it was for monetary gain.  Jack Conway realized that he cannot beat the Tea Parties “Golden Prince” without trying to put dents in the armor.

As for Rand Paul; stick to the issues.  The American people who – in their own way – are fed up with the Republicans and Democrats will see through the bullshit.

Bill O’Reilly upset that Rand Paul doesn’t want to nuke Iran

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, nuking Iran will not solve anything.  If anything, it will usher in a new era of war and will bring the world to its newest breaking point.  This is country that has a rag-tag air force, no navy, if they do it’s not worth the spit in a bucket, about the only strong thing in their military is their army.

Dropping a nuclear weapon on Tehran will for a long time destabilize the Middle East and will rob us of any chance we have at achieving any relative peace in that region.  Imagine  this: Iran announces they have their first nuclear weapon (even though the CIA says they won’t have one in the next ten years).  The world goes nuts.  Special meetings at the U.N., NATO, and every other place you can think of are organized.  After negotiations break, mostly because Iran sees its right to have a nuclear weapon as a matter of its national sovereignty, the final decision is reached – the United States along with coalition forces must invade to remove the government of Iran and its possession of nuclear material.  We’ve seen this before.

The invasion is fronted by the use of nuclear force.  One maybe up to three nukes.  Followed by invasion of the rest of the world’s militaries, they now have to grapple with a nation in chaos.  Occupation.  The military is bogged down and unable to do its job, if there was ever one to be had.  I could see reconstruction taking up to ten years or more.

Meanwhile Iranians days, weeks, months, maybe even years later come down with sicknesses associated with nuclear exposure.  Strange tumors appear on their bodies and they die agonizing deaths.  Those who are lucky to live the rest of their lives in pain and their families hate the United States because of a preemptive nuclear strike policy.

The world grapples with what it has done as pictures of charred and badly burnt children fill our television screens and circulate the internet.  Soon the debate goes from “weapons of mass destruction” to “we can’t leave Iran like this.”  We’ve seen this before.

If the United States doesn’t nuke Iran to begin with, we won’t have to see those pictures of charred badly burnt children.

Note: Preemptive war is based on a fifty-fifty chance, and sometimes less than that.  It is war undeclared and unprovoked.  Under the guise of protecting America’s national security the United States has been conducting preemptive war techniques since the Korean War (The forgotten war).  In the Korean and Vietnam conflicts the United States lost over 100,000 men, all just for a withdraw and a tie.

The United States should not look to provoking war with Iran, rather, we should use diplomacy.  During the years of the Cold War the United States faced down the Soviet Union and averted nuclear war.  If Iran woud get only one nuke that would be one against Israel’s hundreds, and one against our seventy-thousand.  M.A.D.: Mutual Assured Destruction.