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Friday, April 08, 2011

Top Eleven Reasons the Teabaggers Want a Government Shutdown

What’s so good about a government shutdown? Let the Teatards count the ways:

Slower Economic Growth: According to analysts at Goldman Sachs, a shutdown could take 0.2% off the growth of the Gross Domestic Product for every week it continued.

Housing Market Jeopardized: During a shutdown, the Federal Housing Administration would cease operations, blocking home loan and insurance applications.

Tax Refunds Blocked: A shutdown would delay $42.1 billion in refunds to 14 million taxpayers. That’s $42.1 billion that WON’T be pumped into the economy.

Deficit Increased: By increasing the costs of funding the debt, a shutdown would actually increase the federal deficit.

No More Small Business Loans: During the shutdown, the Small Business Administration will halt the processing of all loan applications. The SBA approves about $50 million worth of small business loans per day (when the government is operating).

No More Insider Trading Investigations: At the Securities and Exchange Commission, the shutdown would stop most investigations and most work on in-progress enforcement cases.

Social Security Enrollments Delayed: While Social Security checks still go out during a shutdown, applications for new enrollment will be processed more slowly. A huge backlog of applications for Social Security disability benefits would grow even larger.

Workplace Safety Inspections Halted: At the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which polices workplace safety regulations, 95% of workplace complaints will go unanswered.

National Park Tourism Jeopardized: National parks close during a government shutdown. National park visitors spend about $32 million a day. Unfortunately, this is only when the parks are OPEN.

800,000 Federal Workers Furloughed: A shutdown would force the furlough of about 800,000 federal employees. The Treasury would owe them $174 million a day in back wages.

State Budget Problems Even Worse: If a shutdown occurs, there’ll be no federal money to help states pay the administrative costs of their unemployment programs. States will have to borrow more money to keep the programs running.

Way to go, Teajobs. We had to destroy the country in order to save it.

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Blogger Suzan said...

And who said no one remembered Vietnam?

Westmoreland lives!

Love ya,


April 8, 2011 at 5:26 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Tearing it apart to save it IS what they are trying to do. They want to create America anew, in their image, and make it their grand social experiment. They ride us for "social engineering", but what they propose makes that look like sheer projection.

So I would say reason number twelve is that by achieving their goals, they think they can socially engineer the country toward what they want, which is all of us being willing to work longer hours for less pay; all of us being willing to have less access to things like health care, education and information; getting more of us to be more happy with less... basically, trying to engineer a less inquisitive, more obedient society.

April 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Suzan: Yup, the folks who brought us Vietnam and Watergate are still alive and well. (Or their progeny anyway.)

Snave: You're right, the wingtards love social engineering, as long as it's their own version and not some commie trying to ensure public health care or some treehugging notion about an infrastructure or whatever that newfangled word is.

April 8, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I don't understand is that the Republicans are talking over and over again about Medicare cuts and the Tea Party has said it straight out "don't touch my medicare!"

Are they trying to shoot themselves in the foot? Among other places?


April 8, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I don't know how these rightwing demagogues keep pulling this off. Teabaggers must think their own Social Security, Medicare and disability payments will never be threatened; our deficit is caused by those liberal parasites out there, and they're the only ones whose handouts will be stopped.

April 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Once some of last night's agreed-upon cuts start taking effect, people are going to revisit Paul Ryan's "plan", and with mouths wide in disbelief will say things like "He HAS to be KIDDING... !"

Yes, they are going to shoot themselves in the foot, and blow the foot clean off! LOL! Let's just hope they don't destroy too much before they are laughed out of existence...


April 9, 2011 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Thanks for the link. I hope Ryan and his fellow teawipes will keep falling in the polls.

April 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

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