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post #21 of 31 Old 10-15-2013, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Cherie View Post
Not only does the politics of this make no sense what-so-ever, they have said they will pay all of the non-working Federal employees while they are NOT at work. So, now we are paying them to stay home and not work. Someone tell me how that makes any sense at all.
I'd have to see that confirmed. None of our "furloughed" people are getting paid. I don't know of anyone who's not being allowed to come in getting paid.
Now back in 95 when they did this (it wasn't to this scale though) they did give back pay to everyone who had been "out of work", but they're not holding out much hope of that this time around.

Our politicians are more concerned with what they can get out of being in office vs fulfilling the meaning of politics. i.e. for or of the citizens
Everyone is more concerned with special interest, large corporations (i.e. big money), getting reelected and not working with each other. Please someone take us back to the days of Nelson Rockefeller when the "ultras" where the extreme minority in DC and moderates ran the government.
Let's see, the debt was less 400 billion, the middle class was prospering and doing well and politicians had to vote on whether or not they could get a raise (it was part of the public record) vs getting an automatic one EVERY year.

I think we should all just have a "tea party"
Of course the funniest (and ironic) part of all this is the original Tea Party participants (you might have heard of them....they dumped a lot of tea off a ship in Boston harbor back in Dec 1773) were the ultra liberals of there day (as were many of the Founding Fathers) and the group who started this shutdown (and named themselves after that 1773 Boston group) are ultra conservatives.

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We ended up camping at a state horse camp last weekend, had a blast. There was an endurance ride going on. The original plan was to camp at a place called Hungerford but it was closed. I was told people were pulling in everywhere along the main road including the day area and camping, forestry came by but did nothing, cool.
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post #23 of 31 Old 10-15-2013, 08:26 AM
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White Mtn. National forest closed here. Columbus day weekend is one of the biggest tourist weekends in the area. State taking a big hit on the tourism that supports it.

I'm kinda partial to some of the reactions to the closings...

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post #24 of 31 Old 10-15-2013, 08:28 AM
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My daughter is in the Navy Reserve, just out of training and boot. She hasn't had to report for her duty, isn't getting paid.
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles View Post
Our politicians are more concerned with what they can get out of being in office vs fulfilling the meaning of politics. i.e. for or of the citizens
Everyone is more concerned with special interest, large corporations (i.e. big money), getting reelected and not working with each other.
Agreed. We the People voted for them to be leaders.

We "hired" them.

We chose them to make the decisions to help our country.

Basically, they're supposed to be working for us.

It just doesn't seem like it these days.
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post #26 of 31 Old 10-15-2013, 08:52 PM
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I spoke to my cousin a while a go. She spoke to our park lady at Ebenezer, Loretta. Loretta was in Missouri visiting family when they had the shutdown. She is back at the park in her RV because she lives on site but the gate into the campgrounds is locked. The trails are open though. Loretta said boats were backed up from the other side of the dam to the Ebenezer side (quiet a ways!) because of the shut down. Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction of the lake so all boat ramps are owned by the government. Yoo Haaaa.... NOT.

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Our home/property sits right in the center of the Nat'l Forest - all trails adjoining are open to hiking/camping/bridle (unless marked foot path only)...Here in N MI, the National Parks that require fees are the ones marked as closed, such as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - there was an article recently stating that many people from all over the country had traveled (as they often do!) to Sleeping Bear, and decided to proceed on foot anyway....little was done I believe, as they were peaceful hikers and it is a vast area.
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post #28 of 31 Old 10-15-2013, 09:21 PM
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Rode for 3 hours, never saw a sign or a soul, the gate was locked but it usually is and we just rode around it. I take that back, we did run into some one.... A bowhunter taking a nap.... So no, so far the shutdown has not affected my trail riding...


on the trail #1

on the trail #2.
Sorry thats all the pics I dont see my daughter but once in a blue moon so all we usually do is talk and catch up.

FYI, it is spelled W-H-O-A.

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post #29 of 31 Old 10-16-2013, 12:19 AM
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Hasn't affected me. Our trail riding parks are all state-owned so they're still up and running. It'd be a real shame if they weren't. I'd go stir-crazy.
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post #30 of 31 Old 10-16-2013, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by RhinestoneCowgirl03 View Post
If the US government continues to carry on like a bunch of spend-crazy bafoons I might just hop across the pond. I'm visiting Scotland this spring....maybe I just won't come back lol.
From Wikipedia, which references the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal:

Tax burden / Gov't expenditure as % of GDP
United Kingdom: 38.9 / 47.3
United States: 26.9 / 38.9

So Scotland (as part of the UK) has 10% higher spending. Of course, I believe they get sane health care out of that.
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