96% of the Veterans Administration (including hospitals) is "essential" and will be at work despite a govt shutdown.
They're totally useless (many combat vets are waiting an average of three years for claims --- VA's backlog, in some cases, is up to four years)
All 18,000 plus employees of the CIA (many of my friends) will be at work when the government shuts down.
(They're doing excellent work BTW)
50% of the Department of Defense is required to show up to work in spite of a government shutdown.
Money printers and engravers at Treasury over at 14th and C Street in DC are "essential" employees and must come to work --- can't stop those printing presses as they must keep up with the Fed (who is buying the lion's share of our US debt and robbing pensioners and savers to reduce debt payments on the debt bomb Obama's created)
Big impact, right??
Roughly 80% of the US Government is totally useless anyhow -- most bureaucrats simply pass paper back and forth to one another -- the biggest no value added operation on the planet.
Now the federal government idiots are telling me the website for signing up small businesses won't be ready until November.
These bureaucrats can't even put comparative costs or plan information on the site for small business -- one thing is for sure -- anytime the federal government gets involved in anything it's a 100% no value added proposition .
The list of organizations already exempted is extraordinarily long -- over 2500 including labor unions, restaurants (e.g Cracker Barrel, McDonald's), insurers (e.g. Aetna), big defense corporations, Pepsi Co, United Federation of Teachers, cities/towns, etc.
And of course the completely useless Congress of the United States -- 90% of Americans think they're utterly corrupt, out of touch, and no value added.
Ford's only problem in China is the Chinese --- those thieves are planning on building their own vehicles. With one out of every four new cars (in the world) produced in China that's a problem for us.
I like him personally and believe he's a fantastic family man, but he's pretty much botched up everything he's touched in his second term. I'm not surprised as he's never really managed an organization nor has he any real executive experience --- it shows too.
For those who don't understand Washington here's the text of the Sep 20, 2013 House passed Joint Resolution funding military salaries (Item (3) below:
H. J. RES. 59
Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues,receipts, and funds, for the several departments, agencies, corporations, and other organizational units of Government for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes, namely:
Sec. 101. (a) Such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided in the applicable appropriations Acts for fiscal year 2013 and under the authority and conditions provided in such Acts, for continuing projects or activities (including the costs of direct loans and loan guarantees) that are not otherwise specifically provided for in this joint resolution, that were conducted in fiscal year 2013, and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available in the following appropriations Acts:
(1) The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (division A of Public Law 113-6).
(2) The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 (division B of Public Law 113-6).
(3) The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 (division C of Public Law 113-6).
Again, you're factually incorrect. Please read the provisions of the legislation.
The Israelis also run a very aggressive spying campaign against the US government and our industries.
I have been to Israel many times and can tell you the Israelis have never helped the US - how we continue to declare them as our "ally" is beyond me.
That's factually incorrect. SECDEF and the Congress have both agreed to fund military salaries under any scenario.
Having served in the USAF and at the CIA, I can tell you unequivocally that our federal government has grown into one of the most wasteful institutions on the planet. Virtually everything I see coming out of Washington these days is bad, including the recent action on the part of the House to cut off food stamps for the working poor.
I understand some of their rationale, but when we stop helping the less fortunate, we've turned our backs on our founding principles.
Putin has also deployed his latest T-90x tanks to Syria (comprise about 10% of Syria's force structure (6500 total main battle tanks)
He's slime and we're negotiating with this slimeworm??
For you historians, it's somewhere between slapstick and vaudeville