Everyone knows the phrase “government shutdown” doesn’t mean the entire U.S. government is shut down. So in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not?
One way to measure that is in how much money the government spends. In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government’s discretionary spending in any given year. And that is still flowing. So if you took that money, and added it to all the entitlement spending that is unaffected by a shutdown, plus all the areas of spending that are exempted from a shutdown, and added it all together, how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down?
I asked a Republican source on the Senate Budget Committee for an estimate. This was the answer: “Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue. This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.” (Byron York)
But one has to remember that the Sequester (a 2% cut in an increase) was the Apocalypse and all manner of Hell was released on Earth over it to the Left.
So 17% of their man source of power… 🙂
Sir Bob Geldof: The musician-turned-activist reckons the world will end in 2030 – leading to the extinction of humankind. Sir Bob, 61, based his miserable prediction on the effects of climate change.
But he’s hysterically over-the-top like most Leftists. 🙂
NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE!
On domestic issues, Obama said he would be willing to negotiate with Republicans on health care, deficit reduction and spending – but only if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds votes to reopen the government and increase the nation’s borrowing limit.
In other words, give me everything I want, then we can shiv you in the back again, Sucker! 🙂
After all, the NEXT crisis, an old friend is coming to town on Oct 17th, the Debt Limit.
Where, when you’re in debt, you spend even more so you don’t have to face being in debt until the next time.
“I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base, whether it’s left or right, is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention and raise money,” he said. “But it’s not good for government.”
But it’s good for them. Which is why Biden is sending out funding solicitations to hard core Democrat supporters and the Liberal media is making an Apocalypse out of a 17% mole hill. 🙂
[C]onsider the recent Syria debacle. Initially, the president declared a “red line” if President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in that nation’s civil war. But when the Syrian leader was shown to have done so, Obama failed to act, and declared, “I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line. My credibility is not on the line.” The president shouldn’t have been surprised when 54% of Americans said they believed he was “ducking responsibility for his earlier statement.”
There is plenty of time for the president to take responsibility and rectify his perceived leadership deficit. It is true that he does not have a rubber stamp; the House of Representatives is certainly opposed to many of his initiatives. But that makes leadership at the top all the more important. Great leaders negotiate and own the consequences. (Arthur Brooks)
But we don’t have a great leader. We have a petty, vindictive Community Organizer.
Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.
Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.
None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out — and articulation has never been their strong suit — the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.