In other words: Blame Boehner

October 1st, 2013 · 63 comments

So, this is what you’ll see if you visit Whitehouse.gov right now. Sigh.

Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.  Information about government operating status and resumption of normal operations is available at USA.GOV .

related: Governor of California to State Senate: “Get Stuffed.”

extra credit: John Boehner’s Shutdown [nytimes.com]

 

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63 responses so far ↓

  • #1   chiieddy

    I thought the NASA Voyager 2 account had the best one. Of course, Twitter has suspended that account but here’s an article mentioning it – http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/01/tech/social-media/nasa-government-shutdown/

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      Heh. Nerd rage. I love it.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 9:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Mishee

    heh. Boehner.

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   FeRD bang

    Hey, it’s just payback for the past 4.5 years of the Republican leadership (and Boehner in particular) blaming everything from the financial crisis to the national debt to the frickin’ weather on the President. Definitely fair play. It’s pretty much the first time that his White House has actually done something to impress me, in fact. :-)

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Ajax

      That’s some payback! Tens of millions of Americans depend every day–nay! every hour!–on the updated accurate information we have come to rely on from whitehouse.gov!

      Why, what man or woman among us does not have whitehouse.gov as his or her homepage?

      Oct 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   The Elf

      Yeah…. The “hostage taking” method of governance only works when the opposing side cares about the hostages. We’re in this one for the long haul, I think. You’ll just have to do without the whitehouse.gov site for now. (I know you are all ripping out your hair at the mere thought of it).

      Oct 2, 2013 at 7:49 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Les

      Ha! Ha! Ha!

      Oct 2, 2013 at 10:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   Snicklefritz

      Is it just me, but does anyone else think he should wipe the self satisfied smirk off his face whenever he addresses the press regarding the shutdown.
      He reminds me of the evil guy from the smurfs – what’s his name – Gargamel?

      Oct 2, 2013 at 11:01 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   sajai

    Congress’s? For realsies?

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   ninedaysjane

      Do you have a problem with the possessive plural, AP style, or Congress?

      Oct 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   FeRD bang

      Singular possessive, I believe. Plural would be Congresses’. (…Very confusing.)

      Oct 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   ninedaysjane

      Quite right. I’m tired.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   ninedaysjane

      I blame Boehner.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   lou

      Who doesn’t? He’s so orange and tearful.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 12:21 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Jetboy

      My Boehner gets blamed for a lot of things too.

      Oct 4, 2013 at 7:25 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Ditto. Critical thinking isn’t their strong suit, but Lord knows they keep trying.

      Oct 4, 2013 at 10:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   karin

    lou wins.

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:13 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   TKD

    Get the money flowing again, or the terrorists win!

    Oct 2, 2013 at 6:49 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   J

    I wonder what it would’ve said if Congress had passed it, but Obama vetoed it…

    Oct 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Dan

    Boehner’s the only one that actually passed a budget. Reid has had been given multiple budgets and voted no to each. At least Boehner is TRYING to get things open. It’s the Senate that is stonewalling. Damn shame too.

    Oct 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Nope.

       
    • #8.2   The Elf

      Allow me to step on my soapbox for a moment. Federal budget procedure is an obscure field with lots of jargon and it’s obvious to me that many people, including those writing news stories on the subject, are conflating types of bills. This happens to be what I do for a living, so…..

      Budgets have very little to do with this crises. Congress passes a continuing resolution when they don’t have *appropriations* in place. It’s a bit different. Since no Congress has ever passed appropriations on time since the 70s (earlier, I think, but I can only confirm back to the 70s), a continuing resolution is normally a boilerplate bill that is easily done with little debate.

      That’s right – through Democratic Congresses, Republican Congresses, Split Congresses, led by Republican Presidents or Democratic Presidents – not a damn one of them can get funding resolved before the start of the fiscal year. Really depressing when you think about it. I mean, it’s submitted in February. How much time do you need?

      The problem is when Congress (House Republicans, in this case) link a normal, everyday, non-controversial bill to a controversial topic, and then take a do-or-die stance on it. The other side (Senate Democrats) then get equally obstinate and declare they won’t even consider any alternatives. Then they both take their toys and go home, because they clearly can’t do math and realize that neither side has the numerical advantage to dominate the discussion.

      Oct 3, 2013 at 9:57 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   JohnnyBrillcream

      Dems should just come out and say “We are only trying to assure that the citizens of the United States are not held to a higher level then Congress themselves or the privileged big business”. But wait, that exactly what the Dems are doing. Can’t see the forest for the trees people……

      Oct 3, 2013 at 10:40 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Who passed out the Haterade?

    Reason #27 I love this site… indoor/outdoor cats? Ragnarok is on. Government shutdown? A resounding “Meh”.

    Oct 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   sd

      i expect there are mot pro/anti cat people on here than americans affected by a government shut down

      Oct 8, 2013 at 3:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Jami

    I have a personal rule. I only talk politics with people I hate. Whatever side they’re on, I’ll go the other way just to cut them out of my life forever.

    Since I like you guys I’m limiting my political talk to this -

    We should have listened to George and Ben. No political parties and no paying government officials cause the latter would only bring on greed.

    Ah, if only the ghosts of Washington and Franklin would take over.

    Oct 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Gecko Hunter

      I don’t know about their ghosts, but their pictures have already taken over in Washington DC

      Oct 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   poopypants

      Coughcough if we don’t pay governmental employees then the practice of only the rich running government becomes codified into law. Admittedly, that’s the realistic case now, but theoretically at least a teacher could become a senator. That’s not the case if they’re unpaid.

      Oct 3, 2013 at 12:28 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Jami

      His point though is if you pay them you’d only attract the greedy, not the ones who actually want to do good.

      Theoretically, the greedy, and even rich people can be greedy even when they have more than enough, would not be interested in doing a job with no pay. That’s why you don’t see Donald Trump or his cohorts actually building any Habitat For Humanity houses though they might give them some money or send people on their reality shows to do so.

      But make it an unpaid job akin to volunteering for a shelter of some sort you should only attract those who actually want to do good.

      At the very least we need term limits on Congress. No more than two apiece. Too many have been in there too damn long.

      Oct 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   The Elf

      Oh, you’d still attract the greedy! Not all rewards for power are monetary and not all monetary compensation is in the form of a paycheck.

      Oct 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   eagle

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace…

    Oct 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Crystal

      Imagine a large dark room painted all white.
      Imagine Yoko walking around opening curtains. Imagine offending Paul McCartney so badly he has to write ‘Silly Love Songs”.

      Oct 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   Seanette

      Yeah, I’m really going to take life advice from a multi-millionaire Marxist who beat up women.

      Oct 3, 2013 at 6:14 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Nikky

      And (for all intents and purposes) abandoned his son!

      Oct 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   JoDa

    Heh…we were instructed to leave “due to a lapse in appropriations, our office is closed. I will return your message when we resume operations.” So lame compared to the website messages…

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Jeanette

    It’s all funny now, but when we run out of hamburgers because the FDA isn’t inspecting meat, it’s gonna be on!

    Oct 3, 2013 at 6:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Nana

    What if the government shut down, and no one noticed?

    Why are there ANY non-essential government workers & offices?

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Furloughed Fed

    In this shut-down in particular “essential” employees were selected to protect immediate threats to life and property. Therefore, the small percentage of Federal employees still on the job are mostly law-enforcement and technical specialists addressing immediate needs.

    Non-essential does not mean unnecessary. All Federal positions have been created to carry-out and support Federal laws (act, regulations, mandates, etc.). Check out USA Jobs “usajobs.gov” and browse through the job listings to get an idea of who government workers are and what they do. Most people who work for the Federal government are NOT politicians.

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