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What happens during a government shutdown? 7 things you should know
Battle lines drawn in government shutdown showdownConcerns about the potential of another government shutdown are once again circulating after President Trump said he'd be willing to halt operations if Congress doesn't approve funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.
"If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government," warned Trump during a meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office Dec. 11. "If it's not good [on] border security, I won't take it."
Congress pushed the new deadline to agree on new spending budgets for some agencies to Dec. 21. But border wall funding remains the sticking point – as it has in the past. Trump wants $5 billion for the project, while Democrats are offering $1.3 billion for border security.
"We gave the president two options that would keep the government open," Pelosi and Schumer said after the meeting. "It's his choice to accept one of those options or shut the government down."
TRUMP CLASHES WITH PELOSI, SCHUMER ON BORDER SECURITY IN EXPLOSIVE OVAL OFFICE MEETING
Some Republicans, however, are hopeful members of Congress will reach a compromise.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said "magic" sometimes happens in Congress ahead of Christmas, when lawmakers are eager to leave Washington.
"I'd like to see a smooth ending here," McConnell added.
Fox News previously asked Marc Goldwein, senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget – a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that educates the public on fiscal policy issues – to explain a government shutdown, and he answered seven basic questions about the process that Americans should know.
What causes a government shutdown?A shutdown occurs when Congress and the president fail to sign into law 12 appropriations bills (which determine spending for specific government agencies) in order to continue providing funding for government operations.
How can you prevent a government shutdown?To avoid a shutdown, members of Congress can give themselves an extension, known as a continuing resolution (CR). The temporary funding measure keeps the federal government open and allows lawmakers more time to negotiate the remaining appropriations bills.
“The bar for a CR is pretty low. You’re not agreeing to anything new politically; it’s a no-brainer,” Goldwein told Fox News.
How long does a government shutdown last?As long as it takes. Congressional leaders from both parties have to reach an agreement to fund the government.
It usually takes a weekend for this to happen.
“We’re talking days or weeks – not months,” Goldwein said.
The federal government would be forced to shut down “non-essential services." Who would be affected?"Essential staff at top level agencies would continue working, but most federal employees whose jobs aren’t vital would likely be sent home," Goldwein said.
For example, those who work at national parks, monuments and museums would be told to go home.
"It doesn’t feel awesome to be told you’re not an essential employee. It's a little demoralizing to go home because you’re not important," Goldwein added.
In the 2013 shutdown, roughly 850,000 employees were furloughed per day, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
But not everyone is required to take unpaid leave.
The president, presidential appointees and members of Congress are exempt. The Postal Service, the TSA and Air Traffic Control will also continue business as usual.
Americans will still be able to get their Social Security and Medicare benefits and food stamps. However, people expecting VA benefits, unemployment benefits, farm subsidies and tax refunds may experience delays.
Do federal employees still get paid?Most likely. The problem: They're not sure when they'll get their money.
"Everyone loses from the government shutdown. An employee loses their paycheck at the time he or she needs it," Goldwein said. "Ultimately, we’re going to fund it anyway. It’s kind of silly."
Federal employees typically receive back pay shortly upon their return, though, Goldwein says, nothing is certain. Every agency has their own contingency plan in the event of a shutdown.
How many times has the government shut down?The government has shut down 20 times since 1976, the year Congress introduced the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s research. Half of the shutdowns occurred over a weekend.
“Before 1980, the government didn’t really shut down,” Goldwein explained. “A lot of others were over the course of weekends. I call them ‘fake shutdowns.’”
Goldwein says there have really only been three significant government shutdowns in the history of the U.S.
Two occurred during the Clinton administration in the winter of 1995 to 1996. Former President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress were at odds and shut the government down for a total of 26 days, Goldwein said.
The third occurred during the Obama administration in 2013 when a stalemate between the House and Senate led to a 16-day hiatus.
How much money can the country lose during a shutdown?The 16-day government shutdown in 2013 cost the country $24 billion of lost economic activity, according to an analysis from ratings agency Standard & Poor's.
"The payroll cost of furloughed employee salaries alone – that is, the lost productivity of furloughed workers – was $2.0 billion," the Office of Management and Budget reported in 2013.
Goldwein says shutdowns "waste money" more than they "cost money."
"We’re not going to spend more money. We’re just going to spend it on worse stuff," he explained. "Instead of paying employees to work, we’re paying them not to work."
Fox News' Alex Pappas, Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
REVOLUTION NEXT !
DECEMBER 9, 2018 BY ROBERT PALASZEWSKI
This is a story I wanted to wait a bit to tell; a series not quite ready for prime time. But the eruption in France provides a good entre to the subject. There is a revolution that is being planned, plotted and executed. It is aimed at transforming NOT just America, but the entire globe. Like the revolutions that preceded it, it is being presented as an organic grassroots movement. But at the very most, it represents the cooption of such movements by elite power brokers eager to mold the world into an image of their liking. In this, it is much like most of the major revolutions of history. In his seminal work, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, Gary Allen pointed out how revolutionary movements need outside financial assistance to succeed. [And paradoxically to some, they have found it, in the likes of Wall Street, as we’ll see. And today we see it in the financial support from sources like George Soros.] Oswald Spengler wrote this in his Decline of the West. “There is no proletarian, not even a Communist, movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, in the direction indicated by money, and for the time being permitted by money — and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact.”[i] We’ll be tracing what’s gone before and how that informs us as to what will follow.
PART I – FRANCE: FIRST STIRRINGS
“I love Paris in the Springtime…”After eating decadently rich food, consuming large amounts of the finest wines and touting their own superiority, there is little the French like to do more than throw a riot or two, every few decades. Some of those even turn into revolutions. Well, the French are at it again. Beginning a few weeks ago, headlines around the world began to proclaim: Paris is Burning! And so it was. Reacting to President Macron’s fuel tax hike that had driven prices up 23% in the last year, thousands took to the streets to do that thing that Frenchmen seem to do in times of crisis – and that is to burn cars. Here’s this from Zero Hedge. “ For three weeks, tens-of-thousands of French protesters have donned yellow vests and marched throughout Paris. While the ‘yellow vest’ movement began on November 17 as a grassroots protest against president Emmanuel Macron’s gas tax – levied in the name of climate change, it has morphed into a general rage against the French government in general….What’s more, the movement is spreading – with yellow vest demonstrations seen in Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands by those expressing frustration over similar issues. The protests have turned violent, as disaffected rioters have been setting cars on fire, causing structural damage, and assaulting the police…. Riot cops in Brussels, for example, were pelted with billiard balls, cobblestones and other hard objects last week, while the yellow vest movement is now working to form a Belgian political party.”[ii]
Americans love campfires…the French….Macron’s government in France, along with other globalist forces around the world, believe that, as the Washington Post puts it: “The single most effective weapon in the fight against climate change is the tax code — imposing costs on those who emit greenhouse gases, economists say. But as French President Emmanuel Macron learned over the past three weeks, implementing such taxes can be politically explosive. On Tuesday, France delayed for six months a plan to raise already steep taxes on diesel fuel by 24 cents a gallon and gasoline by about 12 cents a gallon. Macron argued that the taxes were needed to curb climate change by weaning motorists off petroleum products, but violent demonstrations in the streets of Paris and other French cities forced him to backtrack.”
[Here’s the translation of what Macron’s government – and their globalist friends are saying in Real Speak. ‘We can’t control you if we can’t control your lifestyles. So we’re going to tax you until your eyeballs bleed – or at least until you stop using those dang cars that are killing the planet. Now, I have to get on my large private fossil-fuel-burning private jet and head off to my next international conference.’] [And as to the global warming argument. The Globalists depend on a kind of universal amnesia to sell whatever tripe they are selling at the moment. Most of us DO forget that about a decade ago, scientists at the very prestigious climate center at the University of East Anglia were caught cooking the numbers to show much more warming than was actually going on. And then there is the matter of how much of this was humanly caused. When the Vikings came to North America, they were experiencing what has become to be known as the Medieval Warm Period. That lasted from about the year 950 to around 1250. The Norsemen were finding grapes able to be grown only in a Mediterranean climate. Then, about a century later there came the Little Ice Age, which ran from 1360 to 1460. Both examples of some pretty major climate change. And NO man involved. Then there’s the fact that I recall that Time Magazine was predicting another Ice Age sin the 1970s. Guess that’s changed a little bit, huh?]
Policing removing helmets to stand with the Sans CulottesWell in the event, Marcon’s government did back off – for now. However, that may not be enough to quell the rioting. As the Post points out: “France’s protesters are part of a global backlash against climate-change taxes.”[iii] In some ways this is an extension of the Trump election victory and the Brexit Movement in the UK. It is also part of the a global phenomenon that is seeing the rise of organic nationalism that does not demean other races or nationalities – but rather seeks to maintain and cultivate the unique national culture of individual countries. Of course, this is wrongly painted as racially prejudiced and xenophobic in nature by the globalist forces that control the corporate media. Together this defines the struggle of our day. Globalism v Nationalism! If you think is will necessarily just go away, you may want to think again. The seed of revolution, once planted, is hard to stamp out. During one protest in France, the police removed their helmets to show solidarity with the protestors.
[i] Gary Allen & Larry Abraham, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, Chapter – Bankrolling the Bolshevik Revolution, Concord Press, 1972
[ii] Explaining France’s Grassroots ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement, Zero Hedge, December 3, 2018
[iii]France’s protesters are part of a global backlash against climate-change taxes, Washington Post,
THE TIME OF OUR VISITATIONDECEMBER 9, 2018 BY ROBERT PALASZEWSKI
PART IV – A WORLD IN PERIL We live in very unique times; – the likes of which we’ve not seen before. So much of what this book is about is the marshalling of the evidence that we are indeed living on the edge of the Last Days, – The Day of The Lord. I am not writing here to convince you of that fact. We’ve made that case. The other related but separate task of this work is to sound the alarm among those that call themselves Christian, and to call the unbeliever to seek and find a relationship with the very God of the universe. We are all charged by God to do so. “If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand,” reads Ezekiel 3:18. The table has been well set. And in midst of things, we see not only our nation, but the whole world in peril.
Let’s start with this nation. America is under multi-layered attack by the forces of the New World Order. The likes of Antifa, George Soros, the Deep State, radical Islam and the migrant invasion are being used to tear down the republic. We can see evidence of this on the news on a daily basis. We see fraudulent elections with thousands – even ten-thousands of votes showing up mysteriously after election day – with one party gaining the overwhelming majority of those votes, changing outcomes in the process. We see the globalist bankers that run the Federal Reserve raising interest rates just when the economy is beginning to show signs of slowing down. After the collapse of 2008, the Fed artificially grew the economy by taking the interest rate down to essentially zero. It made sense to borrow to grow. And that’s exactly what happened. The markets became addicted to the cheap capital. Now the Federal Reserve knows what tightening the cost of money will do in this economy. Here’s an explanation from analyst Brandon Smith of Alt-Market. Chairman Jerome Powell “admitted in the minutes of the October 2012 Fed meeting that tightening measures in the face of extreme market addiction to stimulus would inevitably cause a crisis event. The Fed had created a monster of a bubble, and a monster in the investment world, and they knew they were doing it…. Today, Jerome Powell is taking the exact actions in policy that he originally admitted would cause a crash. Powell is not tightening out of stupidity, nor is he tightening out of a misguided error in policy. Powell is tightening because the banking elites WANT a crash. Period.” And it’s not just the alternate media that is warning that the next financial crisis is coming. Even the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that quintessential tool of the globalist elite, is warning that “large challenges loom for the global economy to prevent a second Great Depression.”[i]
So why would the Fed want a crash? First of all, because bankers use these crises to consolidate assets, buying them up for pennies on the dollar. “But there is another reason far beyond the issue of asset accumulation; namely the psychological effects these events have on the masses. Economic panic is a very useful tool in the hands of the banking establishment for molding social conditions in a way that gives them greater psychological power over the public. In every instance of financial catastrophe it is the banker cabal that is asked to step in and save the day. In 2008 it was the Federal Reserve that was tapped to act as a hero to the mainstream, and only through the tireless efforts of alternative economists and liberty activists has this fallacy been exposed to some in the population.” In the end, it is all about sinking the dollar. Brandon Smith’s conclusion: “In the next crisis, it will be the IMF that is used as the front organization for the next rescue as market collapse leads into a crisis in confidence in the U.S. dollar…. The next engineered crash is shaping up to become the most epic in history, and make no mistake, it has already started.”[ii]
Another theater of attack was created when President Clinton began transferring state-of-the-art American technology to the Chinese. That singular act has made possible the new China which made up decade’s worth of technological progress in a short period. They are now able to challenge the US in space and militarily, endangering to begin with the independence of Taiwan – (which America is pledged to defend) – as well as the entire South China Sea, with their militarized artificial islands. Even the once technologically backward North Korea has the capability of launching an EMP attack against the United States that would effectively destroy our infrastructure and send us back to the early 19th century. “The EMP Commission warns that North Korea has two satellites orbiting over North America that could be armed for surprise EMP attack.”[iii]
Next there is the migrant invasion coming from the south. Borders are what define a nation – and there are forces dedicated to the overthrow of all borders – but especially those of the United States. It was during the Obama administration that DHS sent down instructions to border officials to allow MS-13 gang member to enter the US. Now we can add to that a number of other bad actors. There is an ISIS camp on the Mexican side of the border, just 8 miles from El Paso. There are Central American paramilitary training camps where MS-13, drug cartel members, and Middle Eastern terrorists from Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood all train together for operations against America.
In past installments, we’ve covered the threats to the social fabric and the Church that are undermining our nation. And believe me, it is much the same throughout the world. But with the exception of Israel, America holds a special place in this war between the forces of evil and those of good. America MUST be destroyed, or at the very least, laid low, for the New World Order / Globalist / Antichrist System to rise. And that plan has long been in the works. Here are the words of Revelation 17:12-14. “‘The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
In the End, the world’s power structure will revolve around a ten-nation confederacy whose ultimate goal is global governance. That goal has long been in place. New Age guru and House of Philosophy head, Alice Bailey, wrote in her 1957 tome, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, that on the way to world government, the globe would first be organized into several Spheres of Influence. It was in 1974 that Mesrovic & Pestel gave details of the plan, revealing in their work, Mankind At The Turning Point, that the world was to be divided into 10 ‘Super Nation States’ Both the European Union and the proposed North American Union of a dozen years ago or so, were a part of that plan.[iv]
Everything is in place! In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus compared Israel and the signs of the times to the budding of a fig tree. “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Christ is talking here about the generation that will begin to see the Times of the End. Many alive today have seen the recreation of Israel. A biblical generation is defined for us as 70 to 80 years in Psalm 90:10. Seventy years from 1948 is 2018. Eighty is 2028. Even if you use the capture of Jerusalem in 1967, you are only pushing it off to 2047. It would seem, we are in that prophetic window.
With that in mind,I have a very important question to ask. ‘Do we really trust God?’ Do we have REAL faith? As Jesus Himself asked, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) Or to put it another way, Does what we believe about God affect the way we live? Does what we know about the Times – affect the way we live? We read the news; – with all its chaos – but we don’t live in that reality. The reality that we live involves; how we’re going to pay the bills, and getting the kids to dance and soccer and getting ourselves to church, and the work around the house and the car needs fixing and on and on. But the fact is: That other REALITY is overtaking us!
So we see, – in many cases the TRUTH of our situation, – but refuse to acknowledge the situation we’re in. Jesus faced a similar situation with the Jews of His day. He was riding into Jerusalem after His triumphal procession of Palm Sunday. He had just been feted and honored and hosanna-ed and recognized as King and Messiah. It should have been the prime moment of His ministry here on earth, yet He instead expressed an incredible sadness. Here is the Gospel account as recounted in Luke 19:41-44. “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.’”
Did you notice that last line? He held them responsible, because, as He told them, – “you did not know the time of your visitation”. We are responsible…to know…the Time of our Visitation. Christ leaves no room for us to plead ignorance. He left none for the Pharisees, who despite their witness of His many miracles and signs and wonders, – were always asking Him for another sign to prove just who He was. On one occasion He told them: “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Matt16:2-4)
His actions should have been compelling evidence for them of the overriding reality of their time. It is the same for us. Just as they were given all of the Scriptural / prophetic evidence to recognize His first coming; – So we too are faced with the same compelling evidence. We too face an overarching reality that is greater than the reality we live on a day-to-day basis. JESUS CHRIST IS LIKELY GOING TO RETURN IN THIS GENERATION!!!
[i] World economy at risk of another financial crash, says IMF, The Guardian, October 3, 2018
[ii] Brandon Smith, Don’t Get Distracted By The Trump/Fed Soap Opera – The Crash Will Continue, Alt Market, November 2018
[iii] Dr Peter Vincent Pry, WHY Is The Department Of Homeland Security Still Ignoring This Existential Threat That Could Wipe Out 90%
Of Us Or More?, ANP, December 2, 2018
[iv] David Bay, Cutting Edge Ministries, Update #1002, – original reference from Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy,
pg 209, 1957 & Mihajlo Mesarovic and Eduard Pestel, Mankind At The Turning Point, 1974
What do the Paris riots and Japan’s lack of sex have in common?
December 11, 2018
Dorado, Puerto RicoThe thick black smoke… the smell of burning rubber… overturned smoldering cars.
Looters smashed out shop windows and took whatever they could carry away. Ancient landmarks were desecrated.
Soldiers patrolled the wreckage as tanks are parked on the street corners.
Have aliens attacked? Was a third world dictator deposed? Did the government demand the sacrifice of the first born of each household?
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Nope. France increased taxes on gas by a few cents per gallon. That is what sparked the “yellow vest” riots that have burned through Paris.
Here’s the strange part… the same thing made them pop champagne a couple years ago.
People celebrated in the streets when the Paris Climate Accord was ratified, excited that governments were finally doing something to curb climate change.
Two years ago, the Arc de Triomphe was lit up with the message, “Accord DeParis c’es fait!” meaning “Paris agreement is done!”
Now the Arc de Triomphe is graffitied with the message, “We’ve chopped off heads for less than this.”
It’s not that I think taxes on gas should be raised. It is just remarkable that such a small tax increase could spark such pandemonium.
Everyone demands the government step in to deter carbon emissions. And when that happens, everyone freaks out.
Inevitably, political solutions to large problems get watered down by politicians, or stopped by mass hysteria.
It’s the same story all over the world. Consider Japan…
Japan has a demographic problem, to put it mildly.
Each Japanese woman is only having about 1.4 babies over the course of her lifetime. Any fertility rate under 2 means the population is dwindling.
1.4 means the population is about to drop off a cliff.
Japan has the largest percentage of over 65 year olds in the world—almost a third of its population. Soon there won’t be nearly enough people paying into the retirement system to take care of the aging population.
Of course it’s not just Japan having pension problems… pensions around the world are woefully underfunded.
But it’s not just pensions in Japan. They don’t even have enough people to fill jobs to care for the elderly.
So Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe introduced a new program to bring foreigners in to fill low skilled jobs.
This is a small step towards easing strict requirements to get residency in Japan. They need to prove they or a relative supporter are worth at least $1,600 per month. And they still have to know how to speak Japanese to qualify for the program.
The culture is very isolationist, even xenophobic. Only about 2% of Japanese residents are foreign born.
If the Prime Minister’s drastic measures are approved later this month, Japan will allow a whopping 345,000 new foreign workers into the country.
That is a 0.27% increase in population… Nice try Japan.
There’s never much political will to solve these problems while you actually can…
And when you finally can’t ignore them anymore, it’s way too little and pathetically late.
So unless Prime Minister Abe wants to make the initiative personal, and start impregnating vast swaths of the Japanese population with some version of prima nocta… his solution is a drop in an ocean of problems.
But if a politician does anything that might actually solve the problem, watch their approval ratings plummet.
For years Vladimir Putin has maintained extremely high popularity. He was re-elected with 77% of the vote this past March.
But even shirtless horseback riding can’t save his approval rating after he raised the retirement age for pension benefits by five years (a move that needed to be done in order to save the Russian retirement system).
This is one of those hard truths about pensions and Social Security that we have been talking about… Something has got to give.
That could be raising the retirement age or cutting benefits. But there is no magic spell that will put pensions back on track.
Now Russian men must wait until 65 to retire with benefits, and women 60.
After announcing this change, Putin’s approval rating dropped over 20 points from the election, to 56%. That’s low for a Russian authoritarian like Putin. Those who disapprove almost doubled from 17% to 33%.
So there are your solutions. You get watered-down, ineffective actions from politicians. Or you get pissed-off rioting crowds that stop anything from changing.
The politicians don’t want to rock the boat. And the people don’t want to hear the truth.
So if you want change, you’ve got to form your own solution.
Hopefully it won’t include flipping cars and smashing windows.
It should include becoming a better investor. Save a little more, get a little better return, and end up with hundreds of thousands of dollars extra a few decades later.
Otherwise, you’re leaving your fate up to pension fund directors who are betting your money on risky real estate, like we talked about last week.
You can also take advantage of different structures for retirement savings, like a solo 401(k) or a self directed IRA.
These dramatically increase your contribution limits and expand your investment options.
The politicians will always chicken out, or water down any real change when it’s crunch time.
And the people will absolutely lose their minds when a real solution is implemented, or when the day of reckoning comes.
Don’t be part of that crowd.
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