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Blame clear for government shutdown

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While reading my current edition of Astronomy magazine, I noted an article about the effects of our illustrious Congress shutting down the government, due to their failure to pass a budget by Oct. 1, 2013.

More than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed and government-funded work deemed nonessential was suspended. Scientific endeavors, and specifically astronomy, were hard hit. During this political holdup, 98 percent of NASA employees (more than 17,000 people) were prohibited from working. Work on all missions in progress was suspended. The National Science Foundation was forced to furlough 98 percent of its employees.

During the shutdown, which ended Oct. 17, federal employees were not allowed to conduct business or research. During the second week, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory was forced to shut down. Scientists who have applied for and received time on federally funded telescopes missed their scheduled time. This process of funding research takes many months.

I am really fed up with the constant flow of letters I read in the “Letters to the Editor,” lambasting our president, when he is burdened with having to deal with that useless bunch of clucks in the House of Representatives. Their actions are, to say the least, worthy of some sort of “Dilbert Award.”

If they had been in business on Dec. 7, 1941, we would have lost World War II. Boys, don’t sweat your next campaign funds. There aren’t going to be any.

Jim Jerrell

Fairfield

Letter to the Editor

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 11, 2013 - 11:01 pm

    Unfortunately, while I share your distaste for the House of "Representatives," I don't agree with your prediction that those most responsible for the last five years of dysfunction will be short of campaign funds on the next go-around. It is precisely because of their lack of meaningful production that those "representatives" will be fully funded for the upcoming election cycle. The wealthy demand that nothing be done to help the poor and middle classes in this country, but everything be done to make their lives even better. They got what they paid for. The do-nothing Congress is filled with "their" representatives, not ours. It will take a nation of aware voters to eradicate them, keep pounding away. The rich have the means and media to manipulate almost any election.

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  • http://media.cq.com/50richest/December 12, 2013 - 6:47 am

    50 richest members of congress rollcall com

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  • http://www.rollcall.com/pdfs/calendarCQRC2013.pdfDecember 12, 2013 - 6:57 am

    What the 2013 Congressional Calendar looked like....

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  • DanielDecember 12, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Kirchy how much more of the $17 trillion with $1 trillion deficits that the feds blow through would you hand off to the "poor"?

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  • The MisterDecember 12, 2013 - 6:58 am

    I'm really fed up with my liberty, property and money being taken from me. If your president restores these things to me, they I will speak of our first half-white president in favorable terms. If that "bunch of clucks" in Congress restores these things to me, then I will speak favorably of them. Of course I'm also fed up with baseless opinions, like your, Mr Jerrell, that blindly support one side over the other. Opinions like these only serve to embower the dialectic process that Washington uses to divide and conquer the people. Open your eyes and use your head, Mr Jerrell, and be part of the solution instead of fueling the problem.

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  • rlw895December 12, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Mr.M: It's not all about you.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 12, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    The Mister, the solution is coming in 2014 you're not going to like it and the "bunch of clucks" will not be around to help or hinder your cause whatever it is that may be? American citizens are fed up with the type of nonsense you come up with that mirrors the Conservative point of view. Good luck with that in your daydreaming world.

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  • https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/about/index.shtmlDecember 12, 2013 - 7:12 am

    Yes there is an Agenda 21.....From the Biography of H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe President of the 68th Session of The General Assembly of The United Nations....Mr. Ashe is also known for his abilities as a mediator. He successfully led negotiations that resulted in Chapter X of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development (Rio+10); and co-chaired the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012. In 2004 he presided over the thirteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the body responsible for reviewing programs on the implementation of Agenda 21—a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

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  • sgkDecember 12, 2013 - 11:48 am

    The shut down cost the economy 24 billion dollars.

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  • rlw895December 12, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    That figure is questionable, but you don't need to go that far. If it were only $1 billion, was it worth it? The answer is no, unless you count the embarrassment to the Republicans, which led to the more recent buget compromise.

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 12, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Don't foraget that in polling after the shutdown, 71 percent felt Republicans acted badly and 67 percent thought democrats acted badly. More than half felt Obama acted badly. It's your opinion to place all the blame on Republicans, but it's not how most feel. It takes two to tango. The general consensus is that all of Congress sucks and the president didn't do his job well either.

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  • rlw895December 12, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    In any event, the Republicans moderated their position this time and we got a budget.

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 12, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    Both sides are getting the message. Neither got everything they wanted and both can claim gains. It worked this time. Now, if Pelosi and Boehner would tone down the rhetoric, Congress could actually start to appear dignified.

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  • rlw895December 12, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Remember last time it wasn't Boehner so much as Cruz and his ilk. The held a simple continuing resolution hostage to defunding the ACA. It had no chance of success, but success was only a secondary objective. A "purity count" was the main objective. Pelosi and the Democrats had nothing to do with it. All they did was watch and point out how irrational and just plain reckless the Republicans were being. Boehner had the votes for the CR anytime he would allow a vote, which he eventually did when the Democrats threw him a bone to save face. So it's not that congress is disfunctional or the president is to blame for anything. It's the Republicans.

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