Shut Er Down!

April 8th Will Become The New April Fools Day

I read a lot. Based upon all that reading I have now come to believe that it may be best to shut the federal government down on April 8th so that the Bozos in the US Senate will finally get the message that the majority of Americans sent to Foggy Bottom. A self-described shellacking of Obama's spending policies didn't get Reid & Company to pay attention in the least, not one iota. Some, like Chuckie "Cheesehead" Schumer the left wing's spokesperson, would contend that is "extreme." I contend that it just may be necessary to have the message sink in.

What I see is utter nonsense on the part of the Democrats in the Senate. Rather than attempt to solve the problem, they are focusing on a political strategy of fixing blame. As of late, like yesterday, they were so serious about addressing the budget issue that the Senate took the day off. That's no April Fool's joke. I wonder if Obama was on the links yesterday too? The morass we know as Foggy Bottom has taken hypocrisy to a new level. Those hypocrites, on the one hand, admit that this nation can't continue to sustain the unsustainable levels of spending we have experienced the last 2+ years, yet the other side of their mouth is saying that cutting a minuscule amount of $61 billion from a $3.6 trillion boondoggle makes one "extreme."

When an open mike catches a US Senator (Schumer), coming out of a party caucus, saying that they are going to use a strategy of calling those who are calling for minor budget cuts "extreme" then I hope people are really paying attention to what is going on. They seem to no more want to cut spending than a welfare recipient does. The play on exercising partisan politics with my tax dollars makes my blood pressure rise and my teeth grit. Schumer is one of the biggest idiots in the Senate in my humble opinion. If Harry Reid makes a sharp right, Schumer's nose could very well be broken. His latest blurb was that a deal can be made as long as Speaker Boenher stays away from "extreme" Tea Party Republicans in his conference. I don't believe that is possible. What is he going to do, lock himself in a room by himself?

This also puzzles me. Blaming isn't going to fix anything Chuckie, neither is using words like "extreme" or "radical." Those are buzz words and no more than that, what many of us term Democratic talking points. This whole fiasco has moved past the "talking stage" and demands immediate action to either cut the budget as proposed or shut the damned federal bureaucracy down. My question, to the likes of talking head Schumer, would be, "In the course of recent history from January of 2009 through January of 2011 how many times did the Democratic Party compromise with the Republican Party when you had both Houses and the Oval Office?" I can just hear Schumer stammering on that one. They didn't , nor were they willing to. How many times was legislation crafted in secrecy where people like Pelosi had the gall to say to the American people, "We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it."

They have taken one of the most important mandates ever sent by the American electorate to Washington DC and turned it into a re-election contest and have continually failed to act on that mandate. The Senate must surely be politically tone deaf. Most people don't care who anyone of those idiots up there want to blame. What we want to see is them address the issue boldly, decisively and without all the mumbo-jumbo we have witnessed in the past. Part of the message that was sent was to knock it off - this business as usual garbage we were hoping to have changed. Enough is enough! That isn't a Tea Party message, that is a mandate from the American people. If you can't do that, then you need to shut it down until you can.

The Tea Party was instrumental in sending new faces, with new ideas, to the halls of Congress. But it wasn't done solely by the TPM. If they think it was then they are a lot more stupid than I think they are. That makes the assumption that, in those states and districts which turned some of the idiots out, only TPM voters entered the voting booths this past November. It totally disregards that the American people, the majority anyway, are not happy with the course this nation is on. The majority of Americans are not happy with our government continually spending more than it brings in. The majority of the people frown upon every time Uncle Sugar needs more money to spend than it has it that it cranks up the printing press. That isn't fixing anything but to make ink manufacturers a profit.

The polls I've been reading also seem to favor "Shut Er Down." Most of us are so sick and tired of the budget impasse crap we continue to witness, where a lot of tongues continue to wag and fingers get pointed with no results, that it is repugnant. If they can't pass this minor budget cut of $61 billion, which was hardly enough in the first place, what is going to happen when Paul Ryan unveils the 2012 FY year budget where the ax is surely going to fall like it needs to fall? I suspect that some of those seat warmers in Foggy Bottom are likely to have fainting spells for months.

If you think I'm ranting, this video clip shows what the Senate leadership's strategy is in solving the budget impasse and making cuts to the nation's propensity to overspend.

It 's simple: Either pass the bill as proposed or "Shut Er Down." Then we can declare April 8th as the new "Fools In Washington Day."

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poorconservative1 5 years ago

Definitely Up & Awesome. I heard that our debt grows by 5 billion a day. That means that these insane Democrats aren't even willing to to cut it by 12 days of interest. Now that's greed. Greed for power as well as money. We've got to put a stop to this crap come Nov. 2012.

Thanks

Chuck


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

At this point I'd like to recall all the idiots and send them home for good. No brains, no hope. Up and awesome.


partisan patriot 5 years ago

Froggy

This is our last chance to “Right this Ship”! It has been hijacked by Captain Blight and his band of marauders who “frankly my dear, don’t give a damn” what happens to this nation as long as they stay in power.

Unfortunately our Fletcher Christian has been replaced with Caspar Milquetoast as we sail rapidly towards the falls. First mates Reid and Pelosi continue to control the message being disseminated by the nautical media which has been in the tank since the Bounty sailed back in November 2000.

As the ship gets ever closer to the falls Old Admiral Soros can be heard to scream out “Damned the torpedoes, full speed ahead”!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

BPOP - Ditching the 17th Amendment and returning the appointment of Senators back to the state level would be a start. Under the present system, once they are warming those chairs again we're stuck like Chuck and we can't recall them.

partisan patriot - What an excellent analogy my friend.


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Time to start over. up and useful!

j


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SheriSapp 5 years ago from West Virginia

Seems that our great minds are thinking similarly. Those guys make me sick. Another dem fav soundbite from the other day is when they told America that these cuts would literally KILL 70,000 poor children. How can these people even look at themselves in the miror?


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Sheri - Are you referring to this? I'm never shy about posting links as back up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWSW8AW1wxM


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

pc1 - Doing some math, if the federal bureaucracy shuts down for say 5 days @ $5 billion a day then we should realize another $25 billion in savings. LMAO.


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Mitch Alan 5 years ago from South Jersey

How's this for term limits...2 terms...on in Washington and one in prison...

Shut er Down!...might be making some shirts with that...

great hub, as always...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The Democrats like 'extremist' Charlie Schumer are counting on the mainstream media to place blame on Republicans if the Democrats force a government shutdown.

Just a few decades ago (before FDR), government was not so tightly intermingled with our private lives, and a 'shutdown' would have gone virtually unnoticed.


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Our government is so broken, might as well shut 'er down! Voted UP!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog,

I totally agree with you. The most current "extreme" proposal is a mere $60 billion annual cut, at a time when we really need to convert deficits into surpluses to pay off the investor owned national debt. We aren't talking about billions per year, but trillions. $60 billion is only 4% of the annual deficit, and obviously gets us nowhere near running surpluses. A shutdown might jolt Congress into taking some real action. All the current budget proposals are junk.

Stu


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

fundamental changes need to be made in our government but not the change that the liberals want. Politicians have become so arrogant! "We the people", had better continue take action and return this nation to the Constitution and a limited government that is a servant not an all knowing master of the people.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm for shutting down and "cleaning house" of course! Great learning material Frog! I'm on the trail.....


Ghost32 5 years ago

Can you spell "DUH!?!". Shut 'er down for sure.

Besides which, there are a whole lot of folks on the government payroll who still get paid--the country keeps on functioning--even when a so-called shutdown is in force. Our nation is not at risk during such periods...and certainly not at the level of risk it faces the Dems doing the Demmy Dance.

It's not funny, though I must confess I'm still chuckling at the Chuckie Cheesehead moniker.


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I vote SHUT HER DOWN... EPA, IRS, etc etc...

Chucky Shumah... what a weenie...

shut'er down works for me!

Great job, I vote up and awesome!

- Harlan


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Carpefriggingdiem 5 years ago

Shut'er down, indeed. That's exactly what I told our Congressman's office last week. The less they "get done" in that Cesspool on the Potomac, the better I like it.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

wba108@yahoo.com - I agree completely. Obama is both a socialist and a narcissist, and he almost seems to be intentionally taking us on a road to ruin. We need a new POTUS, and we need to clean house in Congress. I see little but gridlock until 2012. My fear is that if we get a bunch of duds in the next election, our problems will become so severe (financial, loss of allies, etc.) over the following four years that they may become unsolvable.

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Carpefriggingdiem - I was thinking the same thing in the back of my mind too. It seems the less Congress does, the better. Stu


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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

I'd vote for shuttin'er down! We'd probably be better off if they didn't do anything considering what they do get done makes things worse. It's frustrating! Rated up and awesome as usual!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Ghost - I tried something here. I typed "Cheesehead Schumer" into Google and dang if this article didn't pop up! LMAO

Stu - When Ryan unveils the new budget, watch what happens. They are gonna wet their diapers.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

FP,

I hope you're right about Ryan. Do you know what he's going to propose?

Stu


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - They are not letting the cat out of the bag and that is giving the Dems the screaming meemees!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog - If Ryan's keeping it under wraps, then it's probably going to be a real shocker not only for the Dem's, but probably most of the GOP too.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

I keep hearing trillions in cuts are going to be on the board.


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junko 5 years ago

I hope you are right about Ryan's proposed trillions in cuts. Social welfare was was killed by Bill, remember? Social Security has not had an increase in the last two years. The attempt to balance State and Federal budgets from the bottom up is being rejected by the American people who voted in November, Republicans, Independents, and Democrats. If Ryan is ready to cut corporate welfare like Bill cut social welfare and cut the military Industial Complex we can lower the Nation's debt. If Ryan is prepared to tax corporations like GE and the oil industry, he is fair and balanced. Otherwise, Ryan is not the solution, he's only a part of the problem in Washington brought to us by the Tea Party.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

junko - I think we're about to see what Ryan has to unveil this week. I'm sure it's going to have some "politicos" in DC squirming like a worm on a hot rock.

I can hear the word "extreme" foaming from Chuckie Cheesehead's mouth anew. LOL


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog,

"I keep hearing trillions in cuts are going to be on the board."

Now we're talkin business. I'm absolutely convinced that if we can't get at least $1.5 trillion in annual cuts, plus about $1 trillion more every year in tax revenue (preferably by broadening the tax base), the national debt will keep growing forever.

Stu


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

I find it puzzling that many of the same people who are saying 'shut it down' now are the same people who've condemned the Democrates for their attempt to temporarily do so in the Wisconsin debacle!.????


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Junko,

The reality is that "going corporate" on the budget changes will not help, because the amounts involved are too small. 80% of taxes come from wages, and the vast bulk of our debt is related to social programs like SS and Medicare. Like it or not, the only way to close the deficit and pay off the debt is to drastically raise the tax base on individuals (scrap the FIT and go to a national sales tax), cut the civil service by at least 50%, and vacate/defund SS, Medicare, etc. (so their treasury assets can be abrogated). While it's true that corporations and the wealthy get alot of breaks, that are very valuable to them individually, these loopholes add up to almost nothing in the grand scheme of the required multi-trillion dollar budget swings and debt reduction. The only way to fix this is on the backs of "normal individuals," because that's where most of the tax base is, and that's where most federal spending goes to.

Stu


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Jeremy - Separate the lines a bit. In Wisconsin, the Dems went AWOL to avoid doing what the people elected them to do. In Congress, they just go to the chambers and point fingers at each other. That isn't going to fix the problem.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Jeremey,

There's a big difference between shirking affirmative duty (running out of state to avoid a vote) and taking a line on deficit and debt reduction. The latter is benevolent, fixing a problem. The former is just illegal strategy to attempt to avoid an outcome you don't like.

Stu


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Jeremey 5 years ago from Arizona

But the principle remains the same, neither are doing what they were put in office to do!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Jeremy - I have to agree. The Senate Democrats in Washington are failing to listen to the majority of the electorate that sent a message this past November. The message is easy to understand. It went something like this - cut the federal budget and balance revenue against spending. Rather easy to understand huh?


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Carpefriggingdiem 5 years ago

FP, I think that the market price for pitch forks and hanging ropes is gonna go through the roof if this spending does not stop.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Carpe - I'm placing my meager savings on tar and feathers. I got an inside tip. Watch for tomorrow Frog Gram press release. Things are heating up here in Frog Town. LMAO


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junko 5 years ago

Thanks Stu, but I don't agree with your reality. All I can say is, if your reality justifies your believes, good for you. I believe I see the big picture.


TimBryce 5 years ago

Shut it down and call a Continental Congress (we haven't had one for over 200 years).


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Jeremey,

"But the principle remains the same, neither are doing what they were put in office to do!"

I would have to disagree here. Now the RINO's and Democrats are talking about a $33 billion compromise, which is a drop in the bucket. My hope is that the TPM block is capable of shutting down the government, because we need so much more saving to right the ship. This is not running away from the problem; it's facing it. The RINO's and Democrats are the true slackers.

Stu


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog,

"The message is easy to understand. It went something like this - cut the federal budget and balance revenue against spending. Rather easy to understand huh?"

Maybe we need to explain it to them with stick figures.

Stu


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Carpefriggingdiem 5 years ago

FP, Shhhhhh. We don't want a run on the prices until we've cornered the market.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Junko,

Refusing to accept an inadequate solution is not the same thing is running out of town to try to prevent an adequate one. The point in both cases is to close a budget deficit, and then pay down the debt. Inaction in the first case causes a crisis which might jolt Congress into doing what's right; fleeing in the second case merely perpetuates the problem rather than solves it.

Stu


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Excuse me! I got up this morning and there was a Fluent news alert! Did I read it right?


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Carpe, you want all that fun, and at a discount? You have high standards!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

RHW - I issued a news flash early this morning about political ads. Check my home page for all the latest news fit to print. I was on a secret mission last night Woman! LMAO

You might want to share that video with your detractors.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! Frog you are a prince! I just got the kids off to school and cleaned up that mess! I am going through my email just now. Funny though, I saw that alert and said, "Frog - Stu!" What???????


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RH - Credit where credit is due. Frog got out the news flash about political ads. Would love to do a hub about Ryan's budget plan when the details are released shortly, but I'm scared Frog is going to beat me to it! :(


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well now I wonder who will win the race! I'll be watching for that!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

RH - Maybe Frog will be generous and give me a little time to do it. Will be very busy this week, but could post something near the end of the week.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - You bang away. You know I've been encouraging you to enter the fray.

Jim


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Frog, thanks. You know I'll go easy on everyone involved. :)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - Yeah, I'm sure you will!!!


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T4HOTA 5 years ago

If the politicians keep dicking around in Washington and end up shutting down the government, it will greatly affect government employees including soldiers.

Imagine having a PVT's pay affected while trying to sustain a family. Our servicemen and women already sacrifice much for their profession--the last thing we need to do is hit them where it hurts.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

T4HOTA - That the subject today of my HUB. Note the footnote I added at the bottom. It'd called Sitting On The Sidelines.

I just released this one too. This is pathetic.

http://hubpages.com/politics/Would-You-Pay-38-500-...


Amerikansk Blatte 5 years ago

At Compromising both parties are at fault here. How about we got out the biggiest spending of them all! The wars!

Or let the Bush tax cuts expire. That would save us about 300 billion


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Blatte - I just published the report cards for this past weeks fiasco.

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Real-Losers

Thanks for stopping by.

The Frog

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