The Long Version

Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC

Planning a Government Shutdown

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Now that the government shutdown is over and we’re back to arguing about more important things like “is $600 million too much to spend on a website?” something has been bugging me.

Government Shutdown SignsHave you wondered how it was that within 8 hours of the shutdown professionally printed signs of all shapes and sizes saying “This Park (facility, etc all with custom logos) Closed Due To Government Shutdown” appeared all over the country by the thousands?

What’s so odd about that you say?  Well consider this.  People who work in the government will tell you nothing gets done in Washington DC in 8 hours.  NOTHING.

They are all too familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts for anything and everything including printing thousands of closure signs.  It’s a time-consuming process with bean-counters and bureaucrats every step of the way.  The simplest request, they will tell you, takes months, not weeks, days, or hours.

A-sign-announces-that-the-Statue-of-Liberty-is-closed-2327220These signs were designed, specifications determined, then requisitioned. Bids would have been posted and then vetted, after which contracts awarded. That’s how the Federal government works.

The materials were then ordered, produced, and distributed via US Mail or freight companies.

It is my position then that this shutdown was planned and orchestrated well in advance of the actual shutdown date.  Considering what our friends employed by the federal government suggest, this shutdown was planned for and expected months ago.

For those of you saying, “Maybe they just used signs left over from the last shutdown?”  The last shutdown was 17 years ago and many of the things that were shutdown this time, parks, memorials, monuments, etc., were not shutdown back then.

No this was a planned event and I challenge any good investigative journalist out there to get on the paper trail. Find the work orders, contracts, and companies who printed all those signs.  The tax dollars spent on those signs should have a paper trail a mile long and if you can get on it and follow it my bet is it leads right to the White House.

The Democrats planned and perpetuated this shutdown.  That’s my premise.  Someone show me it isn’t viable.

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Paid to Protest. Who Needs Principles?

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I always thought, when viewing a protest, that those protesters were driven to march, chant, or show their displeasure for perceived injustices because of principles they held and felt were being violated.  Whether I agreed with their position or not I always respected their right and courage to make their feelings known through the legal right to assemble and protest.

Now this story comes out and I suddenly feel uncomfortably naive…

It appears the AFL-CIO and Occupy DC organizers had plans to protest outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC this weekend.  But getting people to show up and protest the politically conservative folks inside turned out to be a difficult chore.  So difficult in fact, they resorted to paying $60 to anyone willing to take the money and come march around the venue even though they had no clue what they were marching for or against…

This is another example of style over substance when it comes to the left and their thinking.  Padding the numbers makes your cause look feeble, inept, and unsupported.  I’ll never look at another protest the same again and I’ll always wonder how many of the protesters know what they’re there for or even care if there’s cash coming.

If you’re a dues paying union member are you OK with your money being used this way?

So much for principles.

Written by DCL

February 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm