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Bruce Libby
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Government Shut down results/Effects:

After listening to news since 11pm last night it is obvious that we are all going to see various outcomes of the "Shutdown".
This thread is started so AMGers can report things observed due to Shutdown.

Given the predictions of dead bodies in the streets , old people dying, and swarms of locust about to arrive please etc. use caution in reporting observed results,there could be children reading this (other than politicians).

PLease post your observations:

TANSTAF1
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There was less traffic on Rt

There was less traffic on Rt 128 this morning

Jim Cyr
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People are still out in the

People are still out in the woods today shooting moose.
I like the old ways and old days.

Naran
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Reid and Pelosi have to pay

Reid and Pelosi have to pay for their own haircuts, dry cleaning, flowers, shoeshines, tailoring, and festive luncheons? That would be one very good "effect" of the shut-down. Same goes for all the cushy denizens on Capitol Hill. Let 'em pay for their own lunch for a change.

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Acadia National Park is nice

Acadia National Park is nice and quiet, you can have the place all to your self!

Stephen Carmichael
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A retired military vet I

A retired military vet I spoke with today, told me that if the shut down didn’t stop soon, and the national dept was not risen once again, that “his retirement checks would be cut in 50%”. I have not idea where he gets his info.

College Football fans will cry over the Air Frorce-Navy Game

Reaganite
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Hmmm...further proof that

Hmmm...further proof that this shut down can have positive impacts...

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The Amish girls up here still

The Amish girls up here still milked the cows by hand, the younger boys were chopping corn silage, the older boys were working out on construction, and the parents were keeping everybody fed and busy.

Just like they have been, and will be, even if government stays shut down.

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Perhaps this helps explain

Perhaps this helps explain why the Democrats are so spend happy:

Recently John Hinderaker over at Powerline excerpted some of the more over the top solicitations he has received from various Democrat groups trying to capitalize on the shutdown crisis. Now comes this story from that the desperation may be justified, at least on behalf of the Democrat National Committee. It seems the DNC is mired in a serious debt crisis.

It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party -- especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief -- and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting.

The Democrats' numbers speak for themselves: Through August, 10 months after helping President Obama secure a second term, the DNC owed its various creditors a total of $18.1 million, compared to the $12.5 million cash cushion the Republican National Committee is holding.

Tory Newmyer of CNN Money reports:

read here: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/10/dems_going_for_broke.html

Cutting the money train will deprive their biggest contributors of their cash supply with which they fund the most corrupt political ideology ever.

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You mean Michelle Obama

You mean Michelle Obama doesn't update her own Twitter account???
::sarcasm::

I had no idea the shutdown would mean the furlough of her 75 assorted minions. What a great thing.

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I was the early bird at the

I was the early bird at the neighborhood barber shop this morning, with the 70+ year old barber.

The uniform disgust with government overreach and overspending and a pending civilizational collapse was stunning in its agreement among all five us in the shop midway through my clip.

And I knew none of them; so this was agreement between strangers.

I took this as a good thing. We can fail and revolt incrementally, or do it all at once. The consensus seemed to be that if this is the first step in major reform, great! So be it!

Bruce Libby
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GIven the alleged collapse of

GIven the alleged collapse of our economy etc. etc. due to the "shutdown" casual observation of local restaurant/lounge parking lot seemed to overflow for a Tuesday evening/happy hour with other
cars parked along street !

Rebecca
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You gotta read this!!! This
Naran
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The Most Surprising

The Most Surprising Consequences of a Government Shutdown

By ABC News
Oct 1, 2013 6:00am

.... the effects will be felt in some unusual places. From the shuttering of Congress’s barber shop and dry cleaning, to confiscating blackberries and iPhones. ....

....snip
Life gets a little more inconvenient for Congressional staffers today. The House gift shop, barber shop, dry cleaning, dining room, shoe shine, and wellness center will all be closed. Only one entrance to each House office building will be open, staff and guide-led tours are cancelled, and the Capitol Visitors Center will be closed to tourists.

Source

Bruce Libby
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Amazingly the sun rose this

Amazingly the sun rose this morning !
Traffic seems to be the usual volume thru Westbrook.
So far no rescue units creaming to neighborhood elderly housing facility ( a common occurrence) !
NO effects observed as of now,amazing!!

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Republicans will get blaimed.

Republicans will get blaimed. Democrats will gain ground and win the House back. The hard-core right will be happy.

Bruce Libby
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That maybe true or not. But

That maybe true or not.
But what is lost with that train of thought is the basic premise of believing a smaller government is better!
Every minute the shutdown lasts we are blessed with it doing at least a little less!

Of course given the up coming election cycle and full implementation of ACA and its' ramifications , maybe not.

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NARAN: On that point you are

NARAN:
On that point you are right. If Congress had the same retirement plan ( SSI ) and the same healthcare plan as the rest of us, there would not be any problems. Imagine; we should elect all new representatives every two years. BECAUSE they then get to retire for life with full pay. If I'm wrong, then let's see a list of their bennies.

So, the government is shut down? I think I'll go kill an endangered species snake . ( Do you have Harry Reid's address ? )

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Since the government is shut

Since the government is shut and I'm not receiving services down can I withhold a pro rata share of my income taxes come April?

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maybe he should call Michaud

maybe he should call Michaud who voted against funding any benefits to vets yesterday.

Naran
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Reader Comment: Mórrígan

Reader Comment:

Mórrígan wrote:

All we need to know about this Democratic Party farce is illustrated by Obama spending taxpayer resources to erect "Barrycades" around memorials and parks that are normally open 24hrs/day without any Park Service effort or attendance.

The "Barrycades" that were erected around the WWII Memorial were, in fact, just purchased last week and took a dozen park service employees a semi-flatbed trailer and heavy equipment to put up.
The pure, spiteful, symbolic-only theater is brought to you totally by Democrats in Washington. But, then, what can one expect from a party whose stereotypical response to everything is routinely just symbolism over substance?

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WWII veterans showing they

WWII veterans showing they are still willing to fight for their freedom and rights.

WASHINGTON — World War II vets are allowed back in their war memorial now, shutdown or no shutdown.

A day after hundreds of tourist veterans took over the closed down World War II Memorial in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, the United States Park Police announced that planned Honor Flight visits to the monument are considered “First Amendment activities,” which are allowed regardless of the government’s operating status.
http://www.stripes.com/news/park-service-honor-flight-visits-are-a-first...

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I worry about the whole scale

I worry about the whole scale stealing of beach cobbles from Schoodic Point, "it will never be the same".

That is what the natives said when the Roosevelts moved in, which brings us to bootlegging and other government assured money-makers.

Naran
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I'm glad the veterans have

I'm glad the veterans have persisted with their visits to the memorial. For many of them, this could be their only opportunity, due to age and infirmity. God bless them, for their service to America.

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143-year-old law puts fear in

143-year-old law puts fear in officials during shutdown

Administration officials now live in fear of a 19th-century law that could get them fired, penalized or even imprisoned if they make the wrong choices while the government is shut down.

The law is the Antideficiency Act, passed by Congress in 1870 (and amended several times), which prohibits the government from incurring any monetary obligation for which the Congress has not appropriated funds.

In shutting down the government, most memos cite the law as the reason. The Government Accountability Office says employees who violate the Antideficiency Act may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension and even "fines, imprisonment, or both."

Benghazi - no arrests
Gun Walker - no arrests
IRS scandals - no arrests
NSA spying - no arrests

And they're worried about a 143 year old law???

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The government is shut down?

The government is shut down? Surely you jest ?
The mail came. The street lights were working. I even saw the Life Flight helicopter land at the local hospital!
AND I did notice there is now a tax on newspapers and the tax on McDonald's ice cream cone went up a penny.
Three and a half years with no budget ( due to Harry Reid ) and this week the Democrats are saying we need one.

Rebecca
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Are we due for an eclipse? I

Are we due for an eclipse? I would expect to see the Democrats saying that the Tea Party would be responsible for Blotting out the Sun.
The good thing with all this whining is that the Democrats are building up the perceived power of the Tea Party exponentially. I would expect to see the Tea Party to become an official political party. Perhaps the most powerful party in the country. All thanks to Democrat (and some Republican) greed and self interest.

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I would expect to see the Tea

I would expect to see the Tea Party to become an official political party

If you support Tea Party ideals, this is the last thing that you want. Becoming an "official political party" would change the structure of the Tea Party movement and it would end up resembling the GOP and/or Democrats.

Bruce Libby
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It is far better that the

It is far better that the Tea(What ever it is ) remains just as it is ,what ever it is.

For Harry Reid it ,what ever it is, has become an imaginary thing that appears to be scaring him ,ala like the movie Harvey it is the invisible rabbit !

Now if the other idiots R's will just be smart enough to use it effectively!

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Now if the other idiots R's

Now if the other idiots R's will just be smart enough to use it effectively!

They're to smart to be dumb enough to play it wisely.
or,
they're to stupid to be smart enough to play it dumb.

Bill Miller: " When I saw that "O" was not enrolling in the ACA, that was proof enough that this was not a good thing."

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The National Park Service

The National Park Service "brand" strikes again by ordering a privately run and privately funded historic site to shut down.

This is in addition to the agency going out of its way and expending funds to erect barricades and prevent veterans from using the sidewalks to see outdoor monuments in Washington DC.

[url=http://freebeacon.com/shutdown-theater/]NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding[/url]

"According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park ... to remove staff and volunteers from the property."

You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,..."

In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service … I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS,..."

Apparently Eberly has had it relatively easy and has not had to deal with the National Park Service practice of going after private property owners to permanently shut them down and evict them when it gets more money for more acquisitions.

And so Boehner and the Republican establishment, with no regard for principles of freedom versus statism, adopt a strategy to begin funding programs one at a time by favoring the National Park Service.

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