Here’s what Republicans got out of the shutdown, in one chart

Back in September, Republicans released a list of their ransom demands for raising the debt ceiling and releasing the American economy. The Rachel Maddow show went back to see how they did. And this chart doesn’t even show everything the Republicans lost in the deal

Republicans asked for…

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Defund Obamacare
  • Delay Obamacare
  • Delay Individual Mandate
  • Deny Coverage to the President
  • Deny Coverage to the Cabinet
  • Deny Coverage to Congressional Staffers
  • Deny Birth Control Coverage
  • Approve Keystone Pipeline
  • Means Testing for Medicare
  • Change Federal Employee Pensions
  • Expand Oil Drilling
  • Block Net Neutrality
  • Tort Reform
  • Weaken Regulations for Coal-Fired Plants
  • Tax Code Changes
  • Thwart EPA Coal-ash Regulations
  • Repeal Medical Device Tax
  • Change Rules on Debt Ceiling

Republicans Got…

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This planned Republican stunt tantrum cost millions of working people (Federal employees, medium and small sized gov’t contractors, secondary service businesses, family farmers, etc) an interruption of steady income, prevented cancer patients from receiving medical treatments, suspended monitoring of disease outbreaks, delayed assistance to military veterans and their families, negatively impacted important scientific research and cost the American economy an estimated $24 billion at least…two words that do *not* come to mind are “fiscally responsible

[full list here, Maddow video here, related post here]

While watching the news on Obamacare
  • Me:But they voted on it, so it is the law of the land.
  • Dad:Well the big topic when Obamacare passed, it passed without any republican votes, and most of the democrats who passed it didn't read it all the way through.
  • Me:So it's kinda like when Lincoln won without any southern votes, minus the war?
  • Dad:yeah. That's why no one can fully explain what it's about
  • Me:
  • Me:I'm moving to Canada, at least they have their shit together
  • Dad:No they don't
  • Me:Um free healthcare, human rights, and they don't seem to be doing too badly economically.
  • Dad:... It's fucking cold up there

georgialivin-deactivated2014080 said:

From a like minded individual I'm curious, are there any government programs or offices or random acronyms that you do think operate in a manner that is acceptable, beneficial, and effective? SS is crap as is the epa and the blm etc. Any worthwhile?

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Let’s take a look at some departments and agencies shall we…

Department of Agriculture - Not needed.  This essentially is a body of regulators and cronies that ruin our food prices and deliver food stamps and other nonsense.

• Department of Commerce - This can be disbanded and left only to serve as a group of volunteers to run the Census when needed.  The Patent and Trademark Office can remain but should be run on a shoestring budget by a handful of underpaid bureaucrats.

• Department of Defense - This can also remain but needs to be severely trimmed down especially in the countless agencies under each branch of the military…such as the NSA.  I’m sure whatever DARPA is doing these days is far inferior to those contractors in the private sector anyway.

• Department of Education - Completely worthless.  Needs to be shutdown.

• Department of Energy - Also no longer needed.  The private sector is more responsible with our energy needs.  Also, why is the DOE working on genomics?  What the hell does that have to do with energy?

• Department of Health & Human Services - Our most expensive agency.  Of course it has to go, but that would mean we would have to get rid of Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare.

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I’ll tell you what, you can leave up the CDC, also run on a shoestring budget by a handful of bureaucrats.

• Department of Homeland Security - We already have a Department of Defense.  This is just duplicated bureaucracy.  It needs to go.  Every inch of it.

• Department of Housing and Urban Development - Hmmm…

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• Department of the Interior - This can also be scaled back but I don’t mind many of these services so long as they are kept small and bend over backwards to citizens when using land and resources.

• Department of Justice - I suppose this is rather important but can always use some trimming.  Do we really need a DEA?  And if we do, do we really need a National Drug Intelligence Center and an Office of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces too?  It appears to be more redundancy to me.

• Department of Labor - Another department that can be run by a handful of bureaucrats in a broom closet somewhere.

• Department of State - Limit this to the Secretary of State and the few office staff he/she needs.  That is all.

• Department of Transportation - Eliminate 70% of the useless administrations that are part of this department.

• Department of Treasury - Alexander Hamilton pretty much did this entire job himself when this was developed.  I’m sure we can scale this back 95%.

• Department of Veteran Affairs - I think we’ve all seen how well this department hasn’t been running.  So, we should let the Department of Defense envelope this entirely.  Maybe if the DOD has to worry about budgeting for our veterans, they’ll think twice about squandering resources on expensive toys that rot away in a desert somewhere as well as think twice before sending troops off to active combat.

Other random independent agencies and organizations:

Election Assistance Commission
Federal Election Commission
Administrative Conference of the United States
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of the Federal Register
Merit Systems Protection Board
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Personnel Management
Federal Executive Institute
Combined Federal Campaign
Office of Special Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Housing Finance Board
Tennessee Valley Authority
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
United States International Trade Commission
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Helen Keller National Center
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Broadcasting Bureau
National Constitution Center
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
United States Antarctic Program
United States Arctic Program
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of the Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects
African Development Foundation
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Inter-American Foundation
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
United States Agency for International Development
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
National Labor Relations Board
National Mediation Board
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Office of Compliance
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Farm Credit Administration
Federal Reserve System
United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
National Credit Union Administration
Central Liquidity Facility
Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities Investor Protection Corporation
Small Business Administration
Military Postal Service Agency
Postal Regulatory Commission
United States Postal Service
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Railroad Retirement Board
Social Security Administration
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
General Services Administration
National Capital Planning Commission
Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Federal Maritime Commission
National Transportation Safety Board
Corporation for National and Community Service
Peace Corps
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Selective Service System
Commission on Civil Rights
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
National Council on Disability
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac)
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)
AbilityOne
Federal Home Loan Banks
Farm Credit System

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The majority of these can be tossed out and the rest can be enveloped within other departments.  Yes, including big ones like the Social Security Administration.  It may need to be grandfathered out, but it has to go.

We’ve already seen that very little actually happens during a government shutdown.  Do this and I promise our astronomical debt will disappear. 

NASA is back.

After 16 days of radio silence due to the just-ended U.S. federal government shutdown, NASA is back in action, and the space agency’s devoted online followers couldn’t be happier.

Last night, when it was announced that furloughed employees would be heading back to work this week, a rep for NASA wasted no time in getting out the good news, tweeting this from the main twitter account: “We’re back and in the process of turning things back on!http://www.nasa.gov and #NASA TV will be up as soon as possible!”


Many NASA employees are thanking the Twitter community for keeping conversations about the agency’s work going during the furlough by using the hashtag #ThingsNASAMightTweet.

While this is obviously great news, the fight is far from over. Just how much damage was done?

Well, earlier today, Phil Plait tweeted the following: 

"Keep this in mind: The shutdown cost the US as much money as NASA gets in a year, with two more Curiosity rovers thrown in."

So while, again, it is great that NASA is back, we now need a stronger fight than ever to get them the budget that they rightfully deserve.

Take action: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

Read more: 

http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/10/twitter-cheers-nasas-return-after-government-shutdown.html

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