A Curtain Call For Shutdown Theater

I caught one of the curtain calls over the weekend during Shutdown Theater. It some of this wasn't so pathetic it might be amusing. I'm not amused myself. How I caught notice of it was a Facebook post with just a picture that the federal Amber Alert system had been suspended and the website was down. I asked for clarification and a link and got a link to another picture ot the same thing I had seen in the first place. My curiosity was piqued because our amber alert system is administered by the individual states and the fed's DOJ site serves no useful function that I can see. I pointed that out to my FB friend and let it go.

Then it appeared again today. The story that is appeared. The root system of the DOJ site is functioning and the website is functional as the webmaster has not disabled that site. If they had you would know it. You would get a big time error message. so why go to the effort of diverting that particular website to make it look like an act of Shutdown Theater. It made me curious at the time I first saw it and I called it for what it appears to be - government BS.

Here's what appears to have happened. The Obama administration took down the actual website which is designed to assist in finding missing children - real missing children and not props. So up goes that message that will take you nowhere and blaming it on "lack of government funding." Now that is totally ridiculous if you think about it. The only effort that would expend anything would be in having to update that website. It is basically useless since the counties and states run the amber alert system.

Some people got the ruse and some didn't. Most got it because you can tell what a dead website looks like when you go to the Obamacare site and it is tits up. Rest easy America the amber alert system is up and running like it should be. The states make sure of that unlike the federal government. A gateway is still a gateway and that's all the federal DOJ site is, Basically it's a waste of our money dollars.

The administration's fallback position is that these are dormant contingency plans to be used only in the event of a shutdown. I just wrote about some of these antics and the link is at the bottom. That is an outright lie again because none of what we seem to be seeing ever occurred during the previous 17 shutdowns in recent decades. I hate to call Obama a liar but he is a pathological liar of some renown at this point.

While technically true that the website couldn't be accessed, it had nothing to do with a lack of funds. What it had to do with was more screwed up Obama politics trying to place blame on the Republicans again for something he and Harry Reid conjured up. It's call a government shutdown. Makes for great theater but not much else.

But relax a little now on Monday evening. The Department of Justice has restored the federal website. Why bring that kind of bad press onto an already bad situation? Keep in mind that the federal government operations have been affected by 17% and not the catastrophic proportions that Obama like to depict. All his schtick is strictly political theater. Now would you imagine that what happened over at the DOJ this past weekend is in violation of its own federal fiscal contingency policy? It is and again Holder is left holding the bag.

None of this is reflecting well on Obama and the Democratic Party. They say they are winning and if screwing with the American public is winning I reckon it may be. Rand Paul asked this telling question over the weekend and give it some thought, "Government should never shut down if we're doing our job appropriately, so really, what we need to be saying is, why are we not passing spending bills the way we should do it?"

The answer is rather simple in my mind. We have allowed career pick pockets to sit uo there on Capitol hill time after time and get the idea that they are the cat's meow. We have a massive federal bureaucracy that feeds upon itself and the tax payer, not necessarily in that order. We have elected officials who enact and sign laws at the same time exempting themselves from it all. You see in their minds they are above it all and above those of us who actually pay the bills.

I'll leave it right there for now. But when you start using children, and the systems we use to protect those children, as political fodder it is downright disgusting. Might be the Chicago way but not the American way.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince

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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Jim, I just read where the government is spending more on labor to keep people out of National Parks than it would take to keep them open. With that logic in mind, shutting down these websites falls right into place.

It would almost be great if we could just leave the government shut down and send them all home without pay until we decide we need a few of them back again.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - Obama is spending our own hard earned tax dollars to punish us and people want to cheer him on. Why?


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Jim - You ever heard of brainwashing? It works! We now have liberal college professors who are huge Obama fans and never miss any opportunity to pass this Obama love on to their classes.

In spite of all his failures, if he could run for a third term he might just win again. The Republicans are once again proving they don't have what it takes to fight the Chicago style politics. We need to get some really heavy hitters in there to fight this move or we will lose the game.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Now, this is the last draw. Taking down the Amber Alert is beyond egregious. It is criminal. Morality has descended into the abysmal depths of the ninth circle of hell. Even many hardened criminals would NOT stoop so low.


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US

I hope I live to see the legacy written out about Barrack Hussein Obama! He wants to be so great and all he is is a joke!

Have you heard about them stopping the publishing of the Fast and Furious book? We finally will get the truth because regardless of these crooks it is coming out January and you better believe I will have a copy before the printers cool!!


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Hey Frog........it is mind-boggling how our government continues to play games at the expense of hard working Americans. That is all it is to these guys...just a game. They have nothing to lose. Obama has shown time and again that LYING is his only way to accomplish his agenda.

I am thankful for the like of Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Ryan.


mbuggieh 3 years ago

Why would anyone strongly opposed to the Affordable Care Act care if the federal Amber Alert program is curtailed?

What level of hypocrisy is needed to care about where kids are and yet deny them basic a human right such as health care simply because their parents cannot afford health insurance coverage?

It is the same hypocrisy that has people on the Capitol Mall pretending to care whether or not the World War II Memorial is open when they themselves have worked to curtail veteran's health and services programs by continuously demanding reductions in the VA budget.

And by the way: Programs and services curtailed during the government shut-down are NOT determined by the President. Congress and agency management determines what will be shut-down.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

mbuggieh - I'm not sure if you just moved to left field or if you have played there your entire life.

Can you say exactly who decided to shut down all of the National Parks and monuments? It seems they need more labor now to keep people out of the parks then they need to maintain the parks when they are open. I can't quite see the logic behind this move. If it was a member of Congress who made this decision, please give his or her name so I can give them a call.

I won't even bother discussing the denying healthcare to children thing. I can cite you many examples of hospitals giving free care to many children and infants who's parents could not afford to have them treated. That is "free" except for insured patients who are forced to pay higher costs to cover those who can pay nothing.

Your so far left of left that you are beyond seeing the truth anymore. I hope you wake up one day and see what is really happening in this country. Of course you seem to prefer Socialism so you will be happy when that is how all of us are forced to live.


mbuggieh 3 years ago

Whatever.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

There it is again, the Liberal response to everything.....


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FitnezzJim 3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

I live in a town that has a large percentage of federal employees. I still have not met anyone who indicates they are affected by the federal shutdown. I also have not met anyone who has signed up for insurance through the new Health Care system. It seems more like the halftime show at a football game, the seventh inning stretch at a baseball game, or intermission at a circus.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Old Poolman, you are right. Children in this country aren't denied basic health care. There are hospitals in my community where poor children receive FREE or very low cost health care. There are even arrangments where working class people pay on a sliding scale according to their salaries. You are right this Obama"care" is of full of.........!


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

mbuggieh - I usually issue one warning about staying on topic. This topic is the Amber Alert and the crap your Messiah pulled over the weekend. It isn't about Obamacare. Now I hope you understand Whatever. Your third comment I deleted. Stay on topic or don't come onto my articles.

The Frog


Ghost32 3 years ago

Here's another one: They've shut down the farm market reports that savvy farmers and ranchers use to plan (for when to sell live critters or crops, or when to hold, wait for the market to rise again, or plant more to meet a sudden demand overseas, etc.). Of course, Obama is not likely to see the majority of agricultural people as his base--probably thinks they all belong to the Tea Party or something--so what does he care?

Then we throw in the early South Dakota blizzard that dumped 4 feet of snow in the western end and killed thousands of cattle--current estimates, not complete due to the size of the snow drifts, are that the west half of the state lost 5% of all beef on the hoof. And it turns out there will be NO federal support of the stricken ranchers until a new farm spending bill is passed, so, with nothing moving in D.C....


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike and gm - For someone supposedly as smart as mbuggieh purports to be it has been a long time since I've seen anyone so uninformed about so much.

Fred - I think you hit a BINGO about Obama and his "base." Obama plays to his base and only his base even though he is the supposedly the President of all the people. He's still out there campaigning rather than leading and giving speeches to his hand picked cheer leaders and props. In al the time I have been watching and reporting on politics I have never seen anyone of such incompetence rise to the level of being CEO of this powerful nation and totally screwing it up even more than it was.

I hate to tell people "I told you so" but I told you so.

The Frog


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Frog, the writing is on the wall. Obama is showing himself for what HE is. Sadly, some people REFUSE to see it. Again, many Germans refused to see what Hitler was like until it was WAY too late and Germany was DESTROYED.....the lessons of history, if ignored, will REPEAT itself. It is karma... Not only Conservatives see Obama for who HE is, many non-Conservatives are also. Again, Obama is extremely dangerous. He is a person NOT to be trusted.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

gm - In some cases the people you are referring to are of the same feather as Obama. In other cases they are worse. BTW thank you for the congrats in the award I received here on Hubpages. I appreciate that.


Stu 3 years ago

Hi Jim,

I just can't believe how small Obama is acting. I appreciate that the programs and facilities so far shut down or reduced in service levels have not yet caused critical damage, but they have offended many people, who rightly see that some of the shutdowns are of privately funded activities, and these shutdowns are not saving the federal government any money. It's basically a psy-op to convince America that those big bad TPM politicians are to blame for the shutdown. Never mind the fact that out of 35-40 self-identified TPM incumbents in Congress, only about 5-6 of them actually vote TPM on bills. This tiny group of true conservatives are not members of Congressional leadership, and are far too small in number to have any impact on the shutdown. The real truth is that the shutdown is mainly about Obamacare, and establishment GOP's are running scared about reelection if they don't at least appear to be putting up a fight. Of course, in the end, these RINO's are likely to cave, because keeping up the fight will mean ultimately disavowing what they voted in favor of in the first place, which would be embarrassing to them. While I am all in favor of defunding Obamacare, it is not the biggest issue on the table. Very little in this Congressional budget battle is focusing on the structural imbalance between federal revenues and expenses, which is really what any debate on the CR or a budget bill should be laser targeted to, with things like Obamacare being debated, but as secondary issues. When you're in a crisis, you go for the fat, low-hanging fruit first, and then address the less major issues afterward. Doing the opposite is simply a sign of reality denial, fear of facing real issues because their solution will cost some votes and campaign money. Who will be voting or contributing campaign cash if our financial system collapses due to excess federal debt and the dollar becomes nearly worthless when Uncle Ben ramps up the printing presses even higher to pay interest and maturities that taxes can't cover? Under such a scenario, everyone will be struggling to survive from day to day in the face of worthless savings, almost complete unemployment, an absence of critical things to buy like food and oil, and rioting in the streets. As I've pointed out in other Hub posts, about 75% of federal spending is unconstitutional due to Article 1, Section 8. Ending this unconstitutional spending (in a phased manner), and devolving the associated stolen powers back to the States over time, would result in (massive) budget surpluses that would allow for very rapid official federal debt repayment, and perfectly legal abrogation of most of the off balance sheet liabilities. But all of this is "time critical." Once the corpus of federal debt, official and off balance sheet, becomes too large relative to GNP for any fiscal solution to work, the only "answer" will be substantive abrogation via monetization. That will create 1970's style stagflation on steroids, and destroy the nation forever.

Stu


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

... or as Oliver Hardy often said to Stan Laurel, 'this is a nice mess you have gotten us into ...' That might be our leader's theme song. Keep telling it like it is, Jim, even HubPages recognizes your worth with that more than well-deserved 'best political Hubber' award.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Did Barack Obama really say those things we heard him say recently – or were our ears deceiving us? Let's count the lies and deceptions in this rather brief address:

“Because Democrats and responsible Republicans came together, the first government shutdown in 17 years is now over. The first default in more than 200 years will not happen.”A default was never a possibility unless Obama insisted on default to punish the American people for not listening to him – the same way he punished them by closing national parks and monuments and prohibiting priests from serving Communion to Catholic soldiers under threat of arrest. The Republican House specifically put forth a bill to take default off the table. The Democratic Senate refused to vote on it. Obama was the author of the default lie from the beginning. He was the only one who kept threatening it.

“These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy. We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it slowed our growth.”What? This is Obama coming up with a new excuse for the failing economy he created. Indeed it will get worse. But it will get worse because Congress refused to kill Obamacare, cut spending and freeze borrowing. Obama’s business-as-usual approach to government is what is killing the economy.

“We know that just the threat of default – of America not paying all the bills that we owe on time – increased our borrowing costs, which adds to our deficit.”Who was it that threatened default? No Republican ever did. Obama did. Harry Reid did. Obama’s state-run media did. Default was never even a remote possibility unless Obama decided willfully not to service the interest on America’s loan obligations. That could have been done without raising the debt limit. In fact, it would have been much cheaper to do so. Increasing the debt to pay the interest on the debt is fiscally irresponsible.

“There was no economic rationale for all of this. Over the past four years, our economy has been growing, our businesses have been creating jobs, and our deficits have been cut in half. We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy – but nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.”The economy has been growing? Yes, at a record low pace. Businesses have been creating jobs? Yes, at a record low pace. Our deficits have been cut in half? Then why did we have to raise the debt limit above a record $17 trillion? “Manufactured crises”? That’s the weapon patented by the Obama administration. He was the one who manufactured these crises. His former chief of staff is the one who famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

“Some of the same folks who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed to get America back on the right track, to make sure we’re strong.”Who are these folks who threatened default? Can someone in the Obama administration find one of his political adversaries who did so? Again, the only people threatening default were Obama and his friends.

“But to all my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change. Because we’ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people – and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust. Our system of self-government doesn’t function without it.”Obama is even misrepresenting what “self-government” is – if, indeed, he actually knows. Self-government is not reliant on confidence in the federal government. In fact, it works best when people don’t have confidence in government – and govern themselves. That’s what self-government is, a term I’m not surprised Obama either misrepresents or has no understanding of what it actually means. Self-government is the way responsible and moral people behave – they govern themselves. Obama, on the other hand, believes people behave best when they are dependent on government for survival – the more the better.

“And remember, the deficit is getting smaller, not bigger. It’s going down faster than it has in the last 50 years.”What is he talking about? This is just a lie out of hell. Under Obama in 2009, the deficit rose to a new high of $1.4 trillion. It stayed above the trillion-dollar mark for 2010 through 2012. But Obama wants to increase spending on Obamacare, which will increase the deficit by at least another $1 trillion a year. What is he talking about? No president in history has ever presided over these kinds of deficits.

I fear for an America presided over by such a prolific liar – one who does it so effortlessly and so brazenly.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/the-lies-of-obama/#GtO0...


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

If his hidden agenda is to destroy our economy, and thus our country, he has been quite successful. Telling a few lies along the way is part of the plan, especially when nobody ever calls him on the lies.

He stumbled a little when he was forced to stop blaming Bush for his failures, but quickly recovered and now just blames the GOP.

Even with recorded proof of his lies, he refuses to admit that he lied. That is a sign of mental illness in my opinion.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - A few lies? ROTFLMAO When the man's lips start moving he's lying.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

FP - I gave him the benefit of doubt when I said "A few lies." We are now so accustomed to him lying to us that we have lost count and don't expect him to tell the truth about anything.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

That man is destroying this country on a massive scale but so many people are asleep and refuse to acknowledge this. They are still in a love affair with Obama. Obama CARES NOTHING about Americans. Americans are just receptacles for his demonic social policies Bush is an angel compared to Obama. Bush was the king cobra while Obama is the inland taipan.


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

"When the man's lips start moving he's lying"- Frog, ain't that the truth and it's not just because he is a lawyer (How do you tell when a lawyer is lying?)

The measure of a man is easy and anyone can use it, even liberals if they were honest. Just picture the man as your adolescent child and imagine what you'd do if what the man says about others, about you, about his actions was coming out of your child's mouth. That child would be severely punished if he behaved as Barack Obama, you can't deny that. If that child was the neighbor's child you wouldn't allow your kids to play with him, would you. Now who really is the adult in the room...and who isn't. Maybe that is a simple enough way to get across to the Obamazombies what is happening? Probably not.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Tsad, you are correct in your premise. Many Liberals or more succinctly Lieberals are thoroughly brainwashed into seeing Obama as their Savior and Ultimate. They strongly insist that he is correct and what he is doing is good. No logical education is going to convince them to see the fallacy of this Administration. If you correct them, they will tell YOU that it is YOU who are wrong and delusional. If a snake was present, they would be bitten. Delusion is such an elixir, a quite venomous one indeed. They are going to hang on to Obama for dear life until the dark reality sets in. Like Hitler in Nazi Germany, many saw Hitler for who he WAS TOO LATE when Germany was destroyed.

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