The Real Cost of the Government Shutdown

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08 January 2019, 07:59 PM
The Real Cost of the Government Shutdown
And a great example of the poor planning and idiocy this shutdown has brought:

e-Verify is not available during the shutdown. You know, the program that allows employers to determine whether an individual they want to hire is here legally? The very problem that is important enough for Trump to flirt with an emergency order to address? Sorry, not important enough to fund.

08 January 2019, 08:49 PM
Steve Miller
In all fairness, e-Verify doesn't work very well.

Never has.

Life is short. Play with your dog.

08 January 2019, 09:23 PM
Cindy, despite the fact that your situation is much much better than many folks are experiencing, I am sorry that you are having to put up with this equine excrement.

What frosts my cookies is Individual 1 has apparently directed the IRS to process returns and send out refunds... one of the services that touch millions and millions of Americans and would be quickly noticed and felt.

"I'm gonna shut down the gummint... except for the parts that would hack regular people off if they were shut down."

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08 January 2019, 09:58 PM
So in the absence of being sble to physically go to DC, what else can we do? Besides calling our senators?

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09 January 2019, 03:20 AM
Make lots of noise. Letters to the editor. Call your senators until they are afraid to leave the building.

fear is the thief of dreams

11 January 2019, 10:06 AM
With hundreds of TSA agents calling in sick at airports across the country due to the ongoing government shutdown, at least one airport is seeing a tangible impact: Miami International Airport.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin said Thursday that the security checkpoints at one of the airport’s six terminals, Terminal G, will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday due to a shortage of TSA screeners.

The terminal will be open for morning flights each day and arrivals will continue to land in the terminal in the afternoon. After 1 p.m., however, passengers will be unable to access any part of the terminal beyond the security checkpoint, including gates, restaurants, and shops. As a result, all the businesses will also be closed for the three afternoons....

The decision was made due to an increased number of TSA screeners not coming to work—approximately double the normal rate for Miami airport. Such workers are reportedly calling in sick in order to work side gigs, since the government shutdown means they’re working their airport jobs without pay. With such a shortage, the airport felt it couldn’t operate checkpoints to an adequate standard. Should that number continue to increase, it could force the airport to close additional terminals in Miami.


Outrage is warranted. But outrage unaccompanied by analysis is a danger in itself.