Like Clockwork – Another Government Shutdown is Upon Us

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Oh here we go again. Yet another government shutdown is but a day away. And once again there is talk of Armageddon. How can we survive without a fully functioning federal leviathan?

The last threat of a shutdown was mere months ago, in April, when the leftist site, wrote: “The House and Senate have until midnight on April 28 to pass a spending bill or the federal government will run out of money and close its doors.”

Now anyone who has been following this nonsense, read or listened to any conservative talkers, knows full well that this is a lie. It’s hard to say whether those at Vox are disingenuous liars or just ill-informed.

But we on the right have been beating this dead horse for years, and I suppose must continue to do so. In fact the government does not “run out of money,” or “close its doors.” But our logic and the reality of the situation has still not been able to cut through the fog of political theater.

The dirty little secret, that we must repeat seemingly every six months, is that 80-85% of government remains fully funded during these so-called shutdowns. That leaves no more than 15-20% of government temporarily offline – normally for just a matter of days. It’s a slowdown at best. read more

If the Government Shuts Down – America Will Cease to Exist

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Once again America faces disaster. Yes – as of midnight this Friday the government will SHUT DOWN and America will cease to exist. At least that’s the way it is always portrayed.

Senate Minority Leader Charles “Chucky” Schumer seem cautiously optimistic as he stated  that, “We’re making great progress on funding the government, avoiding a shutdown.” He did add that, “Our worry is that the president will come in and insist on certain things that couldn’t get the support of everybody.” He doesn’t need the support of everybody Chucky – least of all, you.

One of those “certain things” is of course the down payment to begin construction of on the Southern Border Wall. Trump is asking for $1.4 billion. Wow – that’s a lot of money – isn’t it. Why no – no it’s not. It’s chicken feed – not even a rounding error for the federal government.

The current annual budget to “run” the federal government is $3.8 trillion, or $3,800 billion. $1.4 billion is about 4/10000 of the budget. It would be easy to find that paltry sum. Put another way: Say you make $50,000 a year. That $1.4 billion is equivalent to $20. Can you spot me a 20?

But that isn’t the point about a shutdown – any shutdown. read more