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michelebachmann:

Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.
"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.
So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.
Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all. 
Keep smiling, you heartless clown.

michelebachmann:

Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.

"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.

So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.

Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all. 

Keep smiling, you heartless clown.

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Appropriations provided under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6) expire at 11:59 pm tonight. Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the President to sign a Continuing Resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations. We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations.

Agencies should continue to closely monitor developments, and OMB will provide further guidance as appropriate. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and the work you and your agencies do on behalf of the American people.

Official memo from The White House Office of Management and Budget, which has directed government agencies to officially shut down non-essential services at midnight.

At 11:59 PM EDT, the government shut down because the Republicans do not like a law passed three years ago by a congressional majority, under a president re-elected by a majority of electoral college votes and the people of the U.S., and which has the public support of a majority of Americans. And they do this because they claim the people have spoken. We’re MAKING them drive off this cliff, they’re screaming, “LOOK WHAT YOU MADE US DO!” — all because we won’t negotiate with economic terrorists.

NEWSFLASH: The people spoke in 2012, with the re-election of the president. They did when the Affordable Care Act passed in Congress. 

And they will when all of you in the U.S. House come up for election in 2014. 

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Well, I don’t know if we’re checkmating. But we’re trying — we’re trying to score a victory for the Republican people, for — for the American — for the Republican people — trying to score a victory for the American people, not for the Republican Party. That victory is going to come in stages here.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana makes a Freudian slip on Fox News explaining the possibility of a government shutdown.

(Source: alternet.org)

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An open letter from Tea Party Nation to Speaker Boehner

So, the Tea Party is cool with vets not getting benefits, troops going unpaid, etc. all because of an ideological pissing contest? The quote from Charlie Sheen is the icing on the cake. The idea that the response to this gridlock is “Duh, winning” sums up everything I think about the Tea Party and their reason for existence. They don’t give a shit about this country - only winning. The shutdown would cost money, you people get that, right? Here’s a letter from Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation:

Dear Speaker Boehner,

As you know, I have been very critical of you in the last few weeks. I am sure you did not appreciate it when I said Charlie Sheen was making more sense than you. While I have been very unhappy with you, what I want is something I think you want and it is a phrase that Charlie Sheen has made famous. “Duh, winning.”

I want to win. I want the conservative Republicans to defeat the liberal Democrats because in this fiscal mess that we are in, if conservative Republicans defeat liberal Democrats, America wins.

Since it now looks like we are going into a government shutdown, this gives you the chance to step back and revisit the spending proposals and do something really worthwhile. Instead of cutting spending by $32 billion or $39 billion, lets do something radical. Let’s win by cutting spending by $300 billion. It’s a little short of the $1.65 trillion I want to see, but it is a good start.

How would this happen?

That is a good question. The liberal Democrats have acted like it is the end of the world, as we know it when we are talking about only $32 billion. How can we possibly win with $300 billion?

It is simple. A month ago, the Government Accounting Office, hundreds of billions of dollars could be saved by eliminating programs that have failed completely, are totally inefficient or are duplicative. Get the GAO report, and on Monday morning, tell the White House, this is your new budget proposal. $300 billion in cuts, all by eliminating waste and inefficiencies.

What will Obama, Pelosi and Reid do?

They will not like it, but how are they going to argue against cutting waste from the Federal Government? Americans of all stripes, conservative to liberal agree on one thing. They do not want their tax dollars wasted. Americans may disagree on how much spending there should be and what programs deserve funding and even what the tax rates should be, but I doubt you will find a single, sane American who is not offended at the idea of his or her tax dollars simply being wasted.

Over a month has passed since the GAO report came out. I have wondered why Republican Senators and Congressmen have not had fistfights over who got to introduce the legislation eliminating that spending.

So far, the Tea Party reaction to your tenure as Speaker has ranged from lukewarm to very displeased. In one stroke, you can change that. Move to eliminate $300 billion from this year’s budget through the elimination of waste, fraud and inefficiencies; you will have the Tea Party movement in the streets with signs reading “Boehner for President.”

This is a winning strategy. It helps America by dealing with our urgent debt and spending crisis and it helps conservative Republicans defeat liberal Democrats. It is a good plan and there is no reason not to go for it. Remember, “duh, winning!”

Judson Phillips, Founder of Tea Party Nation

Just a quick little side note from TPM:

Minutes after the crowd that was assembled at an Americans for Prosperity-backed Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday broke out into chants of “shut it down,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that the Tea Party doesn’t want the government to shut down and that Democrats would unfairly blame the movement if it did.

Nope, not unfairly, it appears. Cutting off your nose to spite your face isn’t winning. It’s losing, and losing big. Duh.

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27% of communication by members of Congress is taunting, professor concludes

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A Harvard University professor has analyzed this tribe’s behavior, using computers to look for trends in members’ writings. And he’s learned something that might help explain why Congress is having such trouble working out a deal this week.

He learned, to his amazement, that modern members of Congress spend about 27 percent of the time just taunting each other.

"It’s jarring and surprising," said Prof. Gary King, an expert in using computers to find patterns in large amounts of data. And, King said, probably counterproductive if we want Congress’s members to trust one another enough to make deals.

To come up with this insight, King and two graduate students analyzed 64,033 press releases sent out by all U.S. senators from 2005 to 2007. They used a computer program to sort them into different categories, based on their content.

King said this tendency to taunt seems to show Congress distracting itself from its most basic mission: to find common ground to solve national problems.

"I think most people," he said, "would say that this is not a good thing."

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