Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 4:00 p.m. MDT
Yesterday I issued instructions to suspend work for approximately 1000
government contractors. Today I will issue furloughs for 15
'non-excepted' employees after they spend up to 4 hours conducting
'orderly shutdown' procedures. As an 'excepted' employee I
will continue to do work for which I have no guarantee of compensation. Forgive me, Mr. Evensen, for not seeing this as an abstract exercise, or
the latest oddity in Washington partisanship. It also comes on the heels of
furloughs and severe cutbacks associated with the sequestration you so casually
dismiss. Just because it isn't impacting you doesn't mean
it isn't impacting anyone.I'm past being interested in the
blame game. The behavior on the Hill is shameful, and I'm sorely tempted
to report the entire Congress to my Inspector General unit for fraud, waste, and
Imagine if every worker in Utah woke up this morning without a job. In fact,
the shutdown impacts more than that number. It's not a trivial thing. But
then Jay Evanson is safe in his little cloistered environment, isn't he.
Our grandchildren deserve a populace that respects laws and rules. What will
they shutdown government for to demand their was or economic collapse?
How many millions are out of work and how glibly we are told that "things
are getting better" even though we all know it's a lie? How little time has been spent discussing ACAS's unintended consequences
(we hope they were unintended at least) - of putting people on short time and
dissuading small employers from expanding in a time of great recession. But put
less than one million federal employees out of work for even a day or two and
NOW things are bad!
MarkB, you said: "Mr. Rock, we aren't talking about tax rates here.
This thread is supposed to be concerned with the shutting down of the federal
government, starting tonight. "Why do we need SO MUCH Federal
Government? It most certainly does relate to tax rates. The problem is not
that the Federal Government is partially shutting down, it is all about have too
much Federal Government--which feeds off taxes which is directly related to tax
rates.Remember, this country was going along just fine until Woodrow
Wilson decided an INCOME TAX was a good idea and it was, somehow, deemed to be
How much does DN do to educate and inform its readers?Several DN
commenters seem unaware of the most basic facts about the ACA--like the fact
that Congress and their staff are now required to select their insurance
providers from the exchanges.I understand controversy sells
newspapers, but DN also needs to do its real job to educate and inform, using
fact-based truthful information.
"The economy boomed when Reagan lowered the tax rate" , no it
didn't. A recession ensued along with record deficits. Then Volcker
squeezed the life out of inflation unleashing nearly a decade of pent up demand
and the economy eventually took off. Regan then had to raise taxes 11 times,
mostly at Volcker's urging to prevent a deficit that set off inflation
again. Read history closely and you'll see that Regan did
everything possible to destroy the progress Volcker was making against inflation
(the problem of the post war economy). Good news Volcker won and Regan lost.
Bad news Republicans think Regan did something other than nearly destroy the
maybe the govt. working posters ought to think about not working for the
government, but then they wouldn't have the cushy cloistered lifetime job
they enjoy. we will suffer without their "services".
I almost didn't dare go to work this morning. I got up really early in
case the government roads were closed. But everything went fine. No zombies,
no armagedon, no traffic snafoos. Just life like any other day.If
I were a "Non-Essential" government employee I may have been impacted.
But just with an extra vacation day to sit home and watch TV. Because in every
other government shutdown these non-essential workers were given the day off...
but were eventually payed for those days they stayed home.I really
don't think it's going to be the big deal some in the media have
painted it to be.On my drive in I heard someone dramatically
lamenting that, "We have now shutdown the GREATEST invention of man-kind...
the Government". REALLY?This is just more political
grand-standing. They will restart our greatest invention ever...
All of our checks from the government will keep comming... and everythign will
be fine again. Don't worry. Be happy.
Sorry about the word choice. I was wrong. Here is the updatedpoast:And to take advantage of cheaper taxes--MUCH cheaper taxes.Now, in
order to move things back to the United States, companies would have to lose a
lot of money--in the form of taxes--so they continue to keep their money
off-shore.So, you see, taxing a lot works when you own the world but
when the world becomes more-or-less even, higher taxes are extremely hurtful.We do not need higher taxes, we need to figure out how to get more
people working and making or doing things that will allow them to earn higher
salaries. Then we can have enough money to do the things we want to do. Of
course, if there is close to zero percent unemployment, there will be little
need for entitlement spending, so our collective taxes can GO DOWN.
Shutdown consequences include: Nearly 3,000 aviation safety
inspectors are being furloughed by the Federal Aviation Administration as part
of the government shutdown, the union representing the inspectors said
Monday.The inspectors check to make sure airlines are maintaining
their planes safely, conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots, and
visit domestic and foreign repair stations where airlines send planes for major
overhauls, among other safety jobs, said Kori Blalock Keller, a spokeswoman for
the union, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.The Centers for
Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health were both hit hard by the
shutdown in 1995. The NIH stopped taking in new patients and the CDC halted
disease surveillance.New applications for passports and visas will
likely be delayed, possibly affecting the LDS missionary program.Processing of new applications for Social Security and Veterans benefits will
The short answer to bus' question about big government is this: We have big
agriculture, big labor, big (the biggest anywhere, any time) military and most
of all, big business, the goals of which are not necessarily positive to
society. Big government helps us avoid being simply plowed under by these huge
interest blocks.As for the constitutionality of the income tax,
I'd say that's pretty solid ground since the Constitution itself was
amended to allow it. Wilson felt the money might come in handy for engaging in
this little business we now call World War I.
It's pretty offensive to simply write-off 800,000 people as if they
don't matter just because our country is so big. I'll bet if the
DNews suddenly lost all of its funding, Mr. Evensen would care a great deal.
Youre correct Hutterite. The Market did notice the shutdown. It was up 63
@ute alumni"maybe the govt. working posters ought to think about
not working for the government, but then they wouldn't have the cushy
cloistered lifetime job they enjoy."There's always a
response like this whenever a government employee speaks up for his colleagues.
I work in DOD. My job is hardly "cushy." I work more hours
than I am actually paid for on high-visibility programs with all the stresses
they entail, and I'm in a constant fight to bring the costs of contractors
down on behalf of taxpayers, in an office last renovated in the Ford
administration. I took pay cut to be here. My job is hardly
"cloistered." I daresay warzone deployments get me out and about far
more than residents of "Paradise, UT".My job is hardly
"lifetime." There are plenty of ways to get walked out of the building
with your personal belongings.Why do I do it? Because I got tired
of seeing American kids dying while I was on the sidelines. The uniformed
personnel I work with represent the best America has to offer, I love them,
I'm proud to serve them, and I believe in the mission.
I am betting Barack could disappear and no one would notice. Disappear onto a
golf course for three years and the country would be so much the better. This
man is a virus.
When it reaches deeper and deeper and all airports shut down because of no
traffic controllers, and the troops revolt because they refuse to fight our wars
for free and their wives and children are evicted and are hungry because food
stamps are very limited now... the beat goes on....?
IF the government shuts down... and the only way most people know is by watching
the drama being created for the news cameras... maybe the Tea Party people are
right. Maybe our government CAN be smaller.Think about it... how
would most Americans know the government was shut down today (If it weren't
for all the endless news coverage)? They wouldn't. This is a "made
for news" event. Without the news reports nobody would even know it was
We would probably have a more informed electorate if newspaper CEOs recognized
the responsibility they shoulder in providing the information. Instead,
it's all about "niche news" and getting the most "clicks."
Instead of providing unbiased reports and uncovering truths, it's all about
turning a buck. The DN is no exception.
Res Novae - Thanks for your comment. It is really unfortunate that so many
people buy into a stereotype portrayed by the uninformed folks in media. Thank
you for serving the soldiers that put their lives on the line for all of us.
Let's hope the Congress can grow up and act their age and get people back
to work, serving the American citizens.
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