Daily Archives: April 6, 2011

A Government Shutdown Isn’t A Big Deal

UPDATE: No shutdown, check out this blog post for more.

The original post is below.

Seriously, the shutdown won’t be a big deal.  The government shuts down all the time for federal holidays. No one dies on Labor day because the government is shut down.  Yes, a federal holiday is different than an actual, budgetary shutdown, but not by much.

Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut down.

That’s right.  The essential government functions will continue like normal, because it would make no sense to stop fighting a war in Afghanistan just because Congress hasn’t passed a budget.

Fewer than half of the 2.1 million federal workers subject to a shutdown would be forced off the job if the Obama administration followed the path taken by presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that’s not counting 600,000 Postal Service employees or 1.6 million uniformed military personnel exempt from a shutdown.

So we’re talking fewer than one in four federal workers staying at home.

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Glenn Beck Leaving Fox News (Mostly)

Today, Fox News and Glenn Beck announced that they are parting ways, for the most part.

Despite his monster ratings, Fox News is bidding farewell to Glenn Beck as tensions between the incendiary host and the top-rated cable news channel have led to a near-total divorce.

I say near-total because the two sides announced a deal today in which Beck’s production company will produce occasional content for Fox. But insiders say this will amount to a handful of specials and that many senior Fox executives are relieved to be rid of Beck, whose ratings have dropped 40 percent.

Beck, too, has tired of the friction with Fox and is said by people close to him to be happy to end the partnership.

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When It Comes To The Budget, Who Are The Grownups?

On Tuesday, President Obama held a news conference, which is apparently the best he can do when it comes to showing leadership.

President Barack Obama called on Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on Tuesday to “act like grown-ups” and put aside their differences on a six-month spending bill.

In an impromptu news conference at the White House, Obama bluntly criticized the pace of talks and argued it is up to himself, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to quickly come to terms on a bill to avoid a government shutdown. Continue reading

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