11-4 Dysfunctional Congress threatens another government shut-down

Published: 04 November, 2011, 21:37

AFP Photo / Saul Loeb

AFP Photo / Saul Loeb

TRENDS: US debt crisis

TAGS: Crisis, Politics, Law, USA, Government Spending

Congress is up to bat again on budget talks for the upcoming fiscal year, and if politics were baseball we could be witnessing one hell of a strike-out in the coming weeks.

Should Congress fail to come up with a budget plan favored by both parties by November 17, the country will be faced with another possible governmental shutdown — the third one in under a year.

The White House says that the odds that country’s government will collapse are slim and that likely bipartisan politics will be swept aside this time so that a budget can be agreed upon, sparing the country from catastrophe. Should matters between parties cause for concerns over getting the budget passed in time, however, the United States stands to go broke — again — on November 18.

“After living through April and July, any reasonable person would have to say there’s risk” of a shutdown crisis, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew said Thursday in a forum sponsored by Politico. “(But) I generally don’t believe that Congress wants to be in that kind of a showdown. I’m optimistic they’ll work through these issues and make the right choice.”

Bipartisan differences in politician posturing have allowed a shutdown to come close twice already this year. With polls showing overwhelming detest for lawmakers and the president alike, Lew adds that Capitol Hill knows what they have to do if they want to keep the rest of the country happy.

“The American people have told Congress it’s unacceptable,” said Lew.

In a poll conducted by the AP in October, 82 percent of American said they disapprove of Congress’ current job.

Congressional dysfunction has already led to in-part the downgrading of the United States’ credit rating by Standard & Poor’s in August and given the volatility in markets worldwide, further hostilities between parties could prove catastrophic for the financial sector in the following year.

“The political backdrop in the United States will be notably toxic for the financial markets next year,” Joe Quinlan, chief market strategist at US Trust tells USA Today.

Nicholas Olesen, a private wealth manager at The Philadelphia Group, adds that he has low expectations for a compromise in Congress. “We are in a stalemate,” he says.

Lew says from the White House that he still has high-hopes though, but notes that he does consider himself “an optimist.” He adds, however, that “there is a risk” of a shutdown but says it is slim.

As per a temporary bill passed in haste last month, the US government is only appropriately funded until November 19. Congress has been unable to pass a long-term, year-long compromise in over 900 days.

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3-28 David Wilcock On the NWO last leg attempts to stop the new financial system & ET & UFO disclosure

David Wilcock: “Watch for April 8th”

by Reena on March 28, 2011 · 4 comments

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Lots of information in this post by David Wilcock (‘self-confessed’ Edgar Cayce reincarnated). Be warned – it is very long! A worse earthquake planned which is to be thwarted, a US Government shut-down, a new financial system…April 8th, David says is going to be “very, very interesting.” The day the government shuts down and new system, which will “create a massive wave of prosperity and directly pave the way for the release of clean, ‘free’ energy technology.”

—BREAK IN PART—

On Monday, March 21st, the Supreme Court gave the Federal Reserve two weeks to reveal where all the money has gone since November 2008. Was the Japan disaster an attack — to threaten the world into submission and hopefully stop the audit?

—BREAK IN PART—

THEIR LAST LEGS

The negative elite are on their last legs — and at this point, there are remarkable news events that prove everything I’ve been saying is correct.

This means it is very likely that we are about to see the perpetrators go into hiding — and whenever this happens, it will be quite a massive change in society and government as we know it.

They believe it will create anarchy and chaos. I personally do not. Nonetheless it is good to have some stored food and water on hand so you can be prepared for the worst, just in case.

The insiders say to be ready for six months. I highly doubt there will be disruptions of anywhere near that length. However, if you end up in an area where there are short-term problems, obviously it’s good to have some basic supplies at home.

WATCH FOR APRIL THE 8TH

I don’t like dropping dates, but April 8th is going to be a very, very interesting day. This has gotten a bit long, so I will save the bulk of this argument for an update that will emerge by or before this date.

Three different massive events all coalesce on this one focal-point — just a week before taxes are due in the US:

cb earth4 David Wilcock: Watch for April 8th

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST THE FED: The Supreme Court has given the Federal Reserve a two-week deadline to reveal where the money went — as of Monday, March 21st. This decision is one of the most significant events in American history. That brings us to April 4th — four days before the 8th.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The Democrats and Republicans in Congress cannot agree on a budget. The US government will therefore shut down as of April 8th — and there is no indication anyone will stop it. That means no paychecks, no services, et cetera — for an indeterminate time.

NEW BRETTON WOODS: On this very same day, the first meeting to completely overhaul the world’s financial system will take place. Other countries will now have much more of a say. This is the literal fulfillment of everything Fulford and I have been saying for so long.

This will create a massive wave of prosperity and directly pave the way for the release of clean, ‘free’ energy technology.

THE ENDGAME PLAN

The final ‘endgame’ plan of the insiders, as I understand it, is to hit the US with a massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line during the same approximate time that the government goes into shutdown.

Then, they hope, all the welfare recipients and government employees stop getting their money due to the shutdown. Society quickly disintegrates as all the services stop happening. Meanwhile, the perpetrators flee, or have already fled the country.

I’m frankly amazed the conspiracy media hasn’t put all this together yet, but they will soon enough. We’ll get to that in Part Two. Suffice it to say I do not believe these events will unfold as they are planning.
MORE NOT PUT UP FROM HERE
http://www.reenagagneja.com/david_wilcock-2
BUT I DID SEE ON DAVID WILCOCK’S SITE 1ST THEN IT MYSTERIOUSLY WENT DOWN
http://www.divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/925-japanowo

MY COMMENTS
If you are thinking why has the new financial system ie Dinars RV’d already then you might want to consider this is at its basics a 2 player game ie BIRCS vs the NWO although I do not like the term vs as this implies a competition and resistance, which in my understanding “what you resist persists” because by the law of attraction you are focusing on what you do not want and giving it your energy, rather then imagining the feeling of having what you do want. Remember FEELING IS THE PRAYER says Gregg Braden. That is why I do not put up anymore news that might lead to focusing on what the NWO are doing.

I also had the feeling not long after the US CORPORATION almost shutdown the Govt that IF Obama is a good guy, and that is a BIG IF, then it might have been best to not shut down the Govt for the chaos it could lead too as David shares above. I have also been thinking IF Obama is a good guy (remember I said I highly doubt it and have said I would only guess a 5% chance he is in my mind) then of course putting him in a high or somewhat high place such as president would allow him great Intel to help the good guys. Just a dream, lol. I just watched SALT so please forgive me, lol. But that could be what is needed to do what needs to be done.

US TROOPS may not get payed said the US Govt as it planned shutdown

I heard the above title from the PBS VIDEO in the 1st blog on this below a few blogs.
Here is more related to Govt employees that were planned on being sent home.

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Government shutdown: How it will impact federal pay and benefits


The look on this scuplture outside the U.S. Capitol says it all. (RON EDMONDS / AP)
The Obama administration is warning federal workers that they cannot work for free during any shutdown nor can they take paid leave.

In instructions updated and issued Tuesday evening, the Office of Personnel Management issued updated guidance on how a shutdown of even one day would impact each worker’s bottom line.

You can read the full guidance here, but The Federal Eye read it and summarizes below:

Question: What is a furlough?

Answer: According to OPM’s official guidance, “A furlough is the placing of an employee in a temporary nonduty, nonpay status because of lack of work or funds, or other nondisciplinary reasons.”

Q: What is a shutdown furlough and why is one necessary?

A “shutdown furlough” occurs if federal funding runs out. It’s necessary for agencies that no longer have the funds necessary to keep working.

Q: Who’s an “essential” worker? (NOTE: OPM labels employees who work during a shutdown as “excepted employees”):

It’s people working or may continue to do so by law. “Essential/Excepted” employees include people: (1) performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, (2) performing minimal activities as necessary to execute an orderly suspension of agency operations related to non-excepted activities, or (3) performing certain other types of excepted work.

Top agency lawyers and managers are determining who’s considered “essential” and “non-essential.”

Other workers may be “excepted” from the shutdown furlough if their agency or program is covered by appropriations not impacted by the current budget impasse. (Best examples of that are the Federal Highway Administration, which is funded by the federal highway trust fund. The Veterans Health Administration is also handled on a two-year budget cycle.)

Q: How will employees be notified whether they have been designated to be handling “excepted” or “non-excepted” functions?

Answer: Each Agency will communicate with its employees whether they’re “essential” or “non-essential.”

Q: Are all employees who qualify as “emergency employees” for the purpose of weather emergencies considered “essential” during a shutdown?

A: Not necessarily. Emergency employees for weather purposes aren’t automatically deemed “essential” during shutdowns — each agency must determine which employees are excepted employees.

Q: May employees volunteer to do their job without pay during a shutdown?

A: No. Unless otherwise authorized by law, an agency may not accept the voluntary services of an employee. (The Anti-Deficiency Act is the law prohibiting voluntary work.)

Q: Can workers take another job during while furloughed?

A: Even if you’re furloughed, you’re still a federal employee and Executive Branch ethics regarding outside employment still apply. Employees should review those regulations before applying elsewhere.

Q: Will I be paid if I work during a shutdown? If so, when?

A: Agencies will sort out who gets paid for time worked during a shutdown and those employees will be paid when Congress passes and the president signs a new appropriation or continuing resolution.

Q: Will furloughed/non-essential employees be paid for not working during a shutdown?

A: Congress will determine whether “non-essential” workers receive pay for the furlough period.

Q: Can non-esential workers take previously-approved paid leave during a shutdown?

A. No. All paid leave during a shutdown furlough period must be canceled because the requirement to furlough supersedes leave rights. Paid leave creates a debt to the government that isn’t authorized by law.

Q: Can essential personnel take previously-approved leave or be granted new requests for paid leave during a shutdown?

A. No. Essential personnel must be either doing their job or furloughed during any absence from work during a shutdown. If an excepted employee refuses to report for work after being ordered to do so, he or she will be considered in an absence without leave (AWOL) and will be subject to any subsequent consequences.

Q: Will an employee continue to be covered under the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program during a shutdown furlough if the agency is unable to make its premium payments on time?

A. Yes, the employee’s FEHB coverage will continue even if an agency does not make the premium payments on time.

Q: What effect will a furlough have on other benefits that are paid for through payroll deductions?

A. It varies. Best thing to do is visit http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/HTML/LWOP_eff.asp for more information.

Q: Are employees entitled to unemployment compensation while on furlough?

A. It is possible that furloughed employees may become eligible for unemployment compensation. But state unemployment compensation requirements differ. Some require a one-week waiting period before you apply. You should contact your state government directly and visit the Labor Department’s “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees” information page.

Read the full OPM guidance here. Were all of your questions answered? If not, ask them in the comments section below.

RELATED: Federal Eye government shutdown coverage

By Ed O’Keefe | 07:35 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Categories: Government Shutdown
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Government shutdown: Potential furloughs for 800k federal workers, disruption of D.C. services

Gallery: Government shutdown: Democrats and Republicans have so far failed to reach an agreement on the 2011 federal budget, increasing the likelihood of the first government shutdown in more than 15 years.

Washington is bracing for a far-reaching federal government shutdown that could stop everything from tax refunds to local trash collection, the writing of some parking tickets and Saturday’s annual Cherry Blossom Parade.

As negotiations continue between President Obama and congressional leaders at the White House in hopes of a last-minute deal, federal employees will begin learning more Thursday about their work status and agencies will begin briefing contractors, federal worker union leaders, and state and local governments about the potential impact of a shutdown, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients said.

“We’re taking these steps because responsible management demands it,” Zients said Thursday.

Zients rattled off a list of government services expected to cease, including Smithsonian museums and national parks, and the processing of some IRS tax refunds and small business loans. But air traffic control duties, the U.S. Postal Service, FEMA disaster efforts and the National Weather Service would continue, Zients said.

He said there will be “many fewer staffers at the White House.”

Asked about the length of a shutdown, Zients said, “Obviously the shorter the better.” He said there was no estimate on how much it would cost the government to restart operations.

Messages being sent by senior agency leaders are asking workers to update pay and contact information before Friday, when individual employees would learn whether they have to work during a shutdown.

Nationwide, about 800,000 federal employees and hundreds of thousands of contractors could be furloughed, some deprived of their BlackBerrys and other devices, according to senior Obama administration officials familiar with the plans.

Any shutdown of the federal government, the chief industry of Washington, would also affect tourists, the Mall and its museums, and thousands of D.C. residents who would lose city services.

Ford’s Theatre, a national historic site, would be closed to the public and its programming canceled. The Washington Monument would also be closed.

Many government Web sites would stop updating information. But current Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security beneficiaries would continue to receive payments.

As congressional negotiators pushed last-ditch efforts to agree on a 2011 budget and prevent a shutdown, the National Cherry Blossom Festival announced that its annual gala parade, scheduled for Saturday along Constitution Avenue, will be canceled if lawmakers do not reach an agreement.

Even with the bleachers in place and parade-goers en route, festival officials said late Wednesday that the National Park Service could not honor the group’s parade permits if a shutdown occurs.

The Interior Department, which oversees the National Park Service, said in a statement: “Visitor activities that require a permit, including public events, will not be allowed or will be canceled or postponed. Visitor centers will be closed and access to park areas denied, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Independence Hall, Alcatraz, and the Washington Monument.”

The shutdown will begin on Saturday morning if no budget agreement is reached.

The District would be hit hard.

The city, considered in a shutdown to be a federal agency, would face $1.5 million to $5.5 million in losses per week.

Along with trash collection, most parking enforcement would be suspended, and D.C. libraries and Department of Motor Vehicles offices would be closed.

Street sweeping would be suspended for the duration of a shutdown, city officials said. Trash pickup could resume, because federal shutdown laws permit government services that deal with property and public safety, they said. But that wouldn’t happen for at least a week.

“That’ll be a treat, won’t it?” Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) remarked sarcastically about possible piles of trash around the city.

He said he thinks the potential shutdown is more evidence of the unfair treatment of the District by Congress.

“This is a concrete example of what it means to be treated like a second-class citizen,” he said.

Public and charter schools would remain open, but the University of the District of Columbia would close.

Police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians would remain on duty. The Board of Elections and Ethics would maintain its staff to prepare for the April 26 special election.

A key question for hundreds of thousands of Washington area federal workers is whether they would have to work through an impasse — without pay. Departments began answering such questions on Wednesday.

In an e-mail, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she and President Obama “are very much aware that a shutdown would impose hardships on many employees as well as the groups and individuals our department serves.”

But “prudent management requires that I plan for an orderly shutdown should Congress fail to pass a funding bill.”

In messages sent to all employees, administration officials promised to inform people of their fates no later than Friday. But employees would be expected to report to work Monday to assist with any shutdown-related tasks, senior administration officials said.

When they arrive Monday, workers with government-issued BlackBerrys and other devices would have to surrender them to agency bosses.

At the Education Department, 4,150 out of 4,465 full- and part-time employees would be furloughed under a shutdown, according to an agency contingency plan. And federal statistical agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau, would close on Monday, meaning that economic indicators scheduled for release would not be available. National security and law enforcement functions would continue at the Justice Department, but civil litigation and outreach to crime victims would stop or be curtailed.

Rep. James P. Moran (D), whose Northern Virginia district is home to thousands of federal employees, has scheduled a town hall meeting with federal workers for Thursday evening at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria.

Smaller agencies would close almost completely. At the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency, a spokesman said that about 1 percent of personnel would be allowed to work.

Overseas, the overwhelming majority of U.S. diplomats are considered essential personnel and are expected to remain at their posts, according to officials familiar with the plans. Exceptions include lower-ranking administrative embassy staff members, many of whom are not American. Many U.S. Agency for International Development operations are expected to continue as normal, because the agency relies on many contractors.

Several fee-based government operations and agencies funded through multi-year budgets are expected to stay open, including the Veterans Health Administration, elements of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Federal Highway Administration. Energy Department employees would have to report for work as scheduled, because that agency maintains enough funding not linked to the fiscal calendar to continue operating for at least a few days.

In the federal courts, trials would continue and lawsuits could be filed, said David Sellers, spokesman for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

If a shutdown lasted longer than two weeks, payments would be delayed for jurors and for lawyers appointed to represent indigent defendants. “You won’t have any contracts moving ahead, new equipment, advances in technology,’’ Sellers said. “The behind-the-scenes things that support the courts.’’

Meanwhile, Saturday’s Cherry Blossom Parade could feel the earliest effects of a shutdown.

“The word came down from the National Park Service officially that they will not be able to honor our permits if the government is shut down,” said Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which concludes this weekend.

As many as 500,000 people normally attend the parade and the festival’s closing weekend, festival officials said.

“There are people coming from Japan to participate in the parade,” Mayhew said, as well as 14 marching bands from across the country.

“There are people coming to watch the parade,” she said. “What a shame that would be [for] those people, as well as the thousands of people participating in it who saved and earned their money all year round to be in this parade.”

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US GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN HELD OFF for 1 week on CNN LIVE NOW

KEEP REFRESHING THIS FOR MY ADDITIONS
We are both watching LIVE CNN now and it seems a budget deal was reached BUT ONLY FOR 1 MORE WEEK, LOL. They can’t go on forever. Dam with 7 minutes left to shut down. They are running on fumes now, lol.

They reached a stop gap measure in the 11th hour and will only be able to keep going till Thursday.

Obama to speak in 5 minutes at 12:05-7 EDT

I got Obama on video and the after fluff and if I can I will put it up on my youtube asap. Just got to get the nokia 6220 software to get it off my mobile phone.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY TUESDAY PER GFL UPDATE

COULD THIS COME TRUE?
I think the last blog below might be the sign we are looking for for the final Dinar RV and Govt changes for the people, finally, lol. I am so excited. I also was telling my wife about a week or so ago that I bet you this all happens at the last minute for us. I wish I could share more with you about what is going on with us personally but just the normal stuff we are all going through plus use your imagination with regards to my situation here in the US. Looks like we won’t have to worry about all that crap. That will be such a relief but also great for everyone around the world. When this happens it will be sooooooo goooooooooood. Do not forget we are all creating this with our feelings per the law of attraction. I think it is time for us to start owning this power we have ie LOVE.

I shared this article below I found on my LINKS GFL updates here

on my skype and youtube channel comments 2days ago before seeing the article as shown here

Announcements / Ready or Not…Here we Come! by Archangel Michael
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Announcements / Ready or Not…Here we Come! by Archangel Michael

Posted By: Mr.Ed [Send E-Mail]
Date: Wednesday, 6-Apr-2011 21:33:59

Ariel DeAngelis channels AA Michael/Ashtar Sheran April 4/11

From Lightworkers.org
Ariel DeAngelis
Ready Or Not Here We Come!

A Message From Archangel Michael/Ashtar Sheran

(as received by Ariel DeAngelis on Monday, April 4, 2011)

Within the next week you can expect there to be an announcement. This
announcement will come from the highest sources and will come from among those
who channel the higher dimensions first. Even those who have to date merely
channeled from a totally Spiritual perspective will be getting this message.

We Are Coming! The end of the darkness has come and the Light now resides
permanently on Planet Earth. After Channeled messages have been received, a
formal announcement will be made via representative media formats. It will be
your choice as to how you view this information, but there will be no mistaking
what is being said. I know that you have been told before that these occurrences
would be taking place, but with no firm idea of how and when, especially when,
which seems to have been the main thing on most of your minds as of late. It has
been said in some of your popular texts that this moment would come “like a
thief in the night” and indeed it will, and will have more impact and far
reaching implications that you can currently know.

Again you look forward to a world that is free of torment and violence and
slavery to the elite, or those who would call themselves elite. In fact YOU are
the elite on this planet! The words “the meek shall inherit the Earth” are
actually quite true. And In fact those of you who have taken it upon yourselves
to be the ones on the front lines, the ones who have actively taken back your
freedom and sovereignty from those who have held your hearts hostage for so long
are the ones who the rest should be thanking. These acts alone have made it
possible for us to do what we’ve always said we would do; that is to meet you in
person one day very soon, to greet you and welcome you personally to the
Galactic way of life. Which I would like to add is actually a misnomer … it
should be “the Universal” way of life. For this is the way of the Universe, of
All That Is to allow a gentle aperture into the higher dimensions for those who
are ready to receive it, and the new way of life it entails. Your lives, even as
you read this, you know that your lives and your hearts are filling with that
ever present Divinity of Love Energy that is the very thing that All you see
around you is made from. With Love in your lives, you will begin to understand,
as some of you already do, that ANYthing is possible. Love paves the way for All
possibilities.

So … ready or not, HERE WE COME!

I AM Archangel Michael AND I AM Ashtar Sheran. Welcome aboard!

http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2011/04/announcements-ready-or-nothere-we-come.html

MY COMMENTS
I know their are critics out their saying well your sources where wrong on so many times before on the changes coming with Iraqi Dinar RV, NESARA and Government changeovers and announcements. I am not so ready to write rumors off. I know the US CORPORATION is being detoothed in major ways that can not be denied like the rejection of the US DOLLAR around the world. Not blowing my own horn but I have shared alot of info that under KEY INFO that forms a pattern giving even more of US CORPORATION being taken down. The rumors of Dinar RV for the Monday just gone where so hopeful but what I think is going on is so complex we have no idea. What I did get from those rumors was “THEY ARE READY TO RV” but this US CORPORATION had to concede first before that would be allowed to happen here in the US. Remember the GFL updates say this is to happen with a Govt changeover for the people. So we need that to be in place too. I think the US CORP have been so well cornered by BRIC and the GFL/EARTH ALLIES that they must now take the back stop and save what little they can with the DINAR RV. This will be a severe detoothing of the big tiger/dark. We are the Powers that be.

US GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN IN 1 HOUR GREAT NEWS

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Government shutdown explained (on video)

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

The Federal Eye shared the latest government shutdown updates and the potential impact of a slowdown in government operations Thursday on the “PBS NewsHour,” (above) the “Fox 5 Morning News” (below after the jump) and C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” (further below).

GOP Seeks 1-Week Extension as Government Shutdown Looms: MyFoxDC.com

RELATED: Full government shutdown coverage

By Ed O’Keefe | 11:34 AM ET, 04/07/2011
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