Wednesday, April 16, 2014



The news media is reporting that more than 800,000 federal workers, deemed non-essential, will face furloughs because of the shutdown of our government. Makes one wonder how fat the federal government has become.

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Discussion | 7 comments

  • Phil VeerkampOctober 02, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    Here's a good one, Mr. Hooper ~~~ LINK - The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. . . . "According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,” she said. . . . "

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  • cookie65October 11, 2013 - 5:22 am

    What the news media doesn't tell you is that those effected represent only 10% of the federal workforce. Add that to your "how fat the federal government has become." The federal workforce represents people who vote for a living and endless taxpayer money funneled to the dems thru union dues. Beyond insane doesn't do it justice. That is why it is being referred to as a slimdown.

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  • cookie65October 11, 2013 - 5:44 am

    obama's brownshirts are hard at work.

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  • cookie65October 11, 2013 - 5:59 am

    The use of the term non-essential is quite telling. They are in fact non-essential in the sense that the cost to employ them cannot be justified by the duties they perform. But they are essential for another reason. They make the unions more powerful, they are a sacrificial material intended to protect the entire bureaucracy and all the useless layers of administration. They are a dependable, predictable voting block for the expansion of government and those who can never have enough government. They create a river of taxpayer money to the dems. The difference between them and the typical welfare voter is they have a commute and a union to represent them in their extortion from the taxpayers.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 11, 2013 - 9:08 am

    I would say the biggest joke of a closure locally is Camp Richardson in Tahoe followed by the Cliff House Restaurant in the Bay area both of which have nothing at all to do with the federal govt. except it sits in an area overlooking the lake or ocean and the govt. must claim it, The cost for the "owner" of Cliff House, so far, around 100k in lost revenue and the food they gave away and now 10k a day for every day closed, the nearly 200 employees were laid off. I am sure Tahoe has a similar story. Sly Park Science Center also has the same no federal employees and no federal on-site presence but the federal govt. must have a claim on the land and some nit-wit decided to close it. These first in history actions are all on orders from DC and designed to cause trouble and economic loss by liberal operatives, you know the liberals who "care" about people. There are far too many "First time in history" for this gang of Ali-Bummer's and his forty thieves.

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  • EvelynOctober 13, 2013 - 8:22 am


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  • JohnOctober 13, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    Evely's right. the Republicans keep telling us that "Government does not work" and then do their utmost to make sure it doesn't unless, of course, it concerns their VA benefits, their Social Security checks, their Medicare enrollment--the list of benefits we all get in one way or another, is long. As long as the Tea party's hypocrisy is wide.

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