Skip to comments.Government Shutdown Preparations Begin as Funding Talks Stall (Here Comes The Propaganda Plan!)
Posted on 12/14/2011 12:42:34 PM PST by tcrlaf
The Obama administration is alerting employees to the possibility of a government shutdown if talks on bills to fund the government and extend the payroll tax cut collapse later this week.
With Congress facing a midnight Friday deadline to either pass a short-term or final measure to fund government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year, Cabinet secretaries and agency heads planned to send an e-mail message to workers by close of business Wednesday informing them that a shutdown could occur, according to multiple administration officials familiar with the plans.
In a statement, Office of Management and Budget spokesman Kenneth Baer said Wednesday that There is no reason for the government to shut down.Congress could act quickly to pass a short- or long-term spending measure, Baer said, as they have seven times already this year.
We do need to be prepared for any contingency, Baer said, which is why agencies were informing workers by e-mail.
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I suppose TSA is high on the list so they can shut down travel?
I read about the possibility of Obama “Standing up to Republicans!” over the Christmas Break a couple of months ago on Kos, and dismissed it as fantasy. Yet, here it comes.
The Republicans have passed a budget bill, but Obama will shut down the Governement anyway.
What better time for it? Most of DC will be gone for the next 3 weeks, anyway, and the media will be bombarding the sheeple sitting at home on their couches for Christmas Vacation with image after image, and story after story , about those “Poor, STARVING, government employees, just living check-to-check!”
What’s a corrupt Democrat not to like about a chance to write a meme like this?
Tried n' true Christmas time strategy from the democrats, will the GOP run scared again?
From his lips to God’s ear.
How much money do we save if the government shuts down?
Why would shutting down the TSA stop air travel?
Is Obama going to take over airports with the National Guard or shoot down airliners?
Hey, I’d be more likely to fly commercial!
Without Gingrich to mishandle it, will the GOP still fail this time?
The Federal laws prevent travel without the security in place. Cutting down to fewer or no TSA agents means delays or no flights at all. By making it a Federal level responsibility, they added it to the weapons.
Boener and McConnell are well able to fail.
All I want for Christmas is a government shutdown.
“How much money do we save if the government shuts down?”
Not a damned dime.
Remember, Democrats DO NOT WANT a deal on the budget, they WANT to be able to blame Repubs for a shutdown, with Obama, Reid, and Pelosi parading around with their righteous, faked indignation for the next three weeks.
It’s all in how the media (the Democrat Party propaganda arm) spin it. Congress sends bill to President or the government shuts down. Democrat President doesn’t sign it: Congress’ fault for sending “unusable” bill; Repub President doesn’t sign it: President’s fault for not giving in.
What ticks me off is that you can’t leave these children alone for 5 minutes without them manufacturing some crisis that we have to pay attention to. Drama Queens, all!
I love deciphering propaganda.
Football ratings are going to go through the roof.
And hardly breaking news.
Government Shutdown. How many times do we have to put up with the “government shutdown” threat this year? Every time Boehner compromises, supposedly avoiding the dreaded government shutdown and resulting “propoganda victory” for the Democrats, three or four months later it rears its ugly head again.
Label it and demonize it;
THE OBAMA ANTI-CHRISTMAS SHUT DOWN !!!!
“I suppose TSA is high on the list so they can shut down travel?”
Maybe we can just travel without the TSA.
Agreed. The Democrat-controlled SENATE needs to stop sitting on legislation and hold a vote on the spending bills that have been sent to it by the House.
“The Federal laws prevent travel without the security in place”
But who’s gonna come enforce them, if the feds are shut down? Catch-22.
And who really cares? We have Tim Tebow.
I wish I had warning. Now I'm scrambling to find a new job, with no Christmas celebration beyond church, and the certainty that I will not have the money to pay my bills in January because I have no income in December. My wife is legally blind and cannot work.
Some of you might have no sympathy whatsoever for anyone connected with the Federal government, even indirectly. Some would say it's about time for us to feel the pain the rest of America has felt in this recession. You're more right than wrong, but there are better ways to manage the reduction of the budget to avoid mass disruptions.
I'll keep people posted about the job hunt.
I’m sorry to hear that. Good luck to you in your efforts.
The dems want people to think that the republicans are the ones to blame and the republicans need to start screaming loud and long about NO BUDGET being passed by the dems.
Another manufactured crisis.
Exactly right calex59. If the repubs were smart, they would just keep saying that they will pass the payroll tax cut extension as soon as the Senate Dems pass a budget.
This would be using the Dems own techniques against them. They always say Repubs have to “pay for tax cuts”, so turn it around on them. Make them “pay for the tax cuts”, and continue to insist on “no new taxes” until the Dems pass a budget with real spending cuts.
Imagine what the MSM would be saying if a Repub Senate had not passed a budget in 3 years? This needs to be THE ONLY TALKING POINT uttered by every Repub at every chance.
I am so very sorry that this happened to you, especially at Christmas. Prayers and wishes that you find what you need and hope for this Christmas and in the New Year.
You can ignore the foreign policy & election stuff if you want, but he is dead on the money & the politics of it.
>>How much money do we save if the government shuts down?
Not a penny - every time the govt shuts down in turns into another paid vacation for government leaches. Name a single time that workers didn’t end up getting back pay for the time out of work - doesn’t happen. Govt employees would *love* a shutdown around the holidays...more paid time off to enjoy the holidays.
Do you think I ever voted Democrat?
Only once - for a county judge - twenty years ago - because I knew the Republican was a jerk.
I vote conservative. Always have.
Only in the “mommy agencies” like HUD and Education. The DOD and DHS guys prefer working.