Shutdown

Here are some details on the impending government shutdown that you might not otherwise hear reported in the ObamaMedia.

Did you know that non-essential federal employees who are furloughed could collect unemployment insurance?

In the event of a government shutdown, some 800,000 federal employees who are furloughed without pay may collect unemployment insurance.

Government workers are covered under the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Program, which is funded by the federal government, but administered by the states.

Generally, unemployment claims are filed in the place where you work, not where you live. The states are reimbursed by the federal government for the funds they pay out.

The Washington, DC, area would likely feel the brunt of a shutdown. The U.S. Department of Labor told Virginia that 171,000 workers in the state could be eligible. Maryland has 252,000 federal workers in the state.

Now perhaps the biggest political pawn in this debate has been our men and women serving in the military. Yesterday the House passed a bill that would fully fund the Defense Department for the rest of the fiscal year, meaning that any imminent government shutdown would not affect their current pay. That bill, by the way, would also keep the government going for another week. But Senate Democrats and Barack Obama say that they will not support this bill. This is apparently for two reasons: Because it prevents spending for Planned Parenthood and they don’t want to separate Defense spending from the rest of the budget.

Dems Accuse Conservatives of Wanting to Kill Women

I can’t write this story without pointing out the irony: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) — yes, Slaughter — has accused the GOP of coming to Washington “to kill women.” Oh, and she equated them to Nazis, too. Now to the story.

CNS News reports:

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said [Thursday] that the new Republicans elected to the House of Representatives last November came to Congress “to kill women.” She also likened Republican efforts to prohibit federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is endangered to actions taken by Nazis.

“This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because the numbers of people elected to Congress. I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus,” Slaughter said. ”In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.”

Slaughter was speaking out against H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” That bill, CNS explains, “would make permanent the Hyde Amendment restrictions on federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest or a threat to the life of the mother, and that would also prohibit people from taking tax deductions for payments made for abortions except in those circumstances.”

That’s when the Nazi reference came:

“You are allowed to have an abortion if you have been raped or it’s a matter of incest. However, you have to keep a receipt. Did you know that? It’s sort of like an old German Nazi movie. Show me your papers!”

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

The core problem with the liberal mind is the misguided and cancerous belief that strong leadership invariably equates to spending. The solution to better schools? More funding, they cry. How to eradicate poverty? Give the poor money, of course, through wealth-spreading programs. How to tackle unemployment? Well, you get it.

Actor Alec Baldwin provided the best insight into this sickness on Wednesday after appearing on Capitol Hill at a press conference with Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.). (Unfortunately it was Baldwin himself, and not his conservative alter ego, 30 Rock’s Jim Donaghy, advocating for campaign finance reform and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.)

Lamenting the unfortunate spirit of cost cutting in Washington, Baldwin was asked how President Obama was doing. In only 176 words, Baldwin inadvertently encapsulated the fecklessness of the liberal mind:

Well, I mean, I think so because I think that when you come into office and you want to put your mark on things — this is just my opinion, when you want to put your mark on things, you want to be able to spend. And what’s crippled Obama’s administration, as far as I’m concerned, is the financial crisis and it’s prevented him from doing any new spending.


The prattle continued:

He’s not able — if the country was as flush as it was under Bill Clinton and he had money — these things cost money — he could have made more of a mark. I think right now he’s had to do a lot of counter-punching; a lot of back peddling. He inherited this crisis from Bush and Paulson. He had to extend the TARP. I think it’s been very difficult for him to spend his whole first term trying to, you know, correct our course financially. I think a second term of Obama, we’ll see a lot more of what we want to see from him.

Ah ha! If only he could spend, he might be able to address the nation’s ills and put his “mark on things.” Forget that the overwhelming threat to U.S strength and stability is a burdensome debt and unsustainable budgetary track — it’s that Obama can’t spend what he needs to!

Oh, but you just wait until Obama’s [potential] second term when he will be free to throw money around like its raining Benjamin Franklins. Our debt problem will surely be solved by then. This is merely a blip on the congressional radar, and will just as quickly be behind everyone like that passé argument about funding NPR or ousting that Gaddafi guy in Libya.

Never mind that Obama’s intended budget for next year plans to take in $2.63 trillion — and spend $3.73 trillion. (For an instructive exercise in how this might look for your average American middle class family, the editors at Slate allowed this piece to print in February). As for the coming years, pay no attention to the fact that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that President Obama’s 2012 budget would produce $2.3 trillion more in deficits over the next decade than the administration had projected — $9.5 trillion instead of $7.2 trillion, for those keeping score.

Baldwin, however, has no interest in these numbers. They would only serve to discredit his jaded narrative. Go on then Alec… keep making us laugh.

Obama promised higher energy costs. He wasn’t kidding

President Obama held a town hall meeting Wednesday at a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., to promote his Big Green energy agenda. Not everyone in the audience was receptive to his message.

When one man failed to clap as Obama talked about government forcing higher fuel efficiency standards (which, contrary to the president, did not reduce U.S. oil imports a single drop), Obama teased him: “If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a gallon — (laughter) — you may have a big family, … How many you have? Ten kids, you say? (Laughter.) Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.”

In fact, there are no family-sized hybrid minivans on sale now, and any that come online in the near future will likely cost somewhere north of $30,000. We doubt that a family of 12, or even an average family of four, has that much money just lying around to invest in Obama’s Big Green dreams. But we’ve seen this Obama many times before. Instead of understanding the challenges facing his fellow Americans, and working to lower their energy costs, Obama lectures them about the alleged errors of their ways and tells them how they should spend their hard-earned money. The Fairless Hills exchange was an illustration of the professional politician who thinks he’s the boss, when in fact he is supposed to be the elected servant.

“There is no magic formula to driving gas prices down,” the president also said Wednesday. Maybe so, but Obama has figured out a pretty good formula for driving gas prices up. Immediately after taking office in 2009, his interior secretary, Ken Salazar, canceled 77 previously approved leases for oil and gas development in Utah. In February 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated that consumers buy 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels (like ethanol) by 2020. By July 2010, the White House banned drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The ban has since been lifted, but only half a dozen permits have been issued despite hundreds of pending applications. Now the Energy Information Administration projects a 13 percent decline in off-shore oil production this year.

Read more here.

Obama Hates the U.S. Military

Rather than accept a few billion in budget cuts (read rounding error), President Obama has signaled his willingness to shut down the federal government. (Yah!) For those keeping score at home, any government shutdown that happens is on Obama’s plate. He is the President. All on him.

The worst part of this whole debate is the Obama Administration’s decision to hold military pay hostage to the budget debate. For the last few decades, government shutdowns have been guided by an OMB directive issued during the Reagan Administration. Under this directive, military personnel would continue to receive the paychecks while politicians argued about the budget. The Clinton Administration, during the last government shutdown, kept the paychecks flowing.

But, not Obama.

The Obama Administration has overturned the old OMB directive and has decided to suspend military paychecks if there is a government shutdown. No reason to do it…but they have decided to. Reprehensible.

Legally Incompetent Sex Offender Set Free in Utah

A Utah judge on Thursday ordered a convicted sex offender freed from a state hospital after the man was deemed incompetent for trial, but not a danger to society.

Prosecutors wanted Lonnie Hyrum Johnson to stay at the Utah State Hospital for continued treatment so he could eventually face the nearly two dozen counts against him of rape, sodomy and aggravated sexual assault of a child, but did not object to the judge’s ruling.

“The constitution prohibits me from holding someone who has not been convicted and who cannot participate in their own defense,” 4th District Judge James R. Taylor said.

Johnson was eligible to be freed as early as Thursday afternoon — privacy laws prevent hospital officials from commenting. Still, Johnson is not off the hook.

Taylor did not dismiss the case and ordered Johnson to meet with new psychiatric evaluators in October. A hearing on those findings is set for Nov. 17.

Read more here.

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