Navy’s athletic director on shutdown: Football game with Air Force is being canceled due to “optics,” not lack of funds

posted at 2:41 pm on October 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Pollowitz, the athletic associations for both schools are privately funded. To repeat: The game doesn’t depend on government funding. But officials at both schools answer to the Pentagon, and the Pentagon’s federal funds won’t start flowing again until the shutdown is over. The first, and really only, rule of shutdown theater is that the public must suffer, whether that means threatening to arrest a 95-year-old who fought at Omaha Beach or denying Navy and Air Force fans the simple pleasure of a football game. The public must suffer, because the more the public suffers, the more pressure there’ll be on Congress to turn the lights back on.

And so it’s come to this.

The potential revenue loss to the Naval Academy Athletic Association would likely exceed $4 million, he said. That money comes from ticket sales, sponsorship, parking and concession revenue. The largest revenue stream is the payout NAAA receives from CBS Sports Television…

The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private organization not funded by the government. [Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet] Gladchuk said the Air Force-Navy game could be held without any “appropriated funding.” Air Force recently created a similar athletic association that operates using private funds, donations and revenue from intercollegiate contests.

“We could run our entire athletics program and conduct events as we always do without any government funds,” Gladchuk said. “In talking to the Air Force athletic director, their football team could execute the trip without government funding.”

Asked why the Department of Defense was suspending intercollegiate athletic contests if government funds are not required, Gladchuk said he was told it was about “optics.”

“It’s a perception thing. Apparently it doesn’t resonate with all the other government agencies that have been shut down,” Gladchuk said.

Who doesn’t it “resonate” with? Who’s going to wet their pants over the fact that the next generation of military officers got to enjoy a game they had looked forward to that didn’t cost the government anything? Only the Democrats in the White House and on the Hill, because it marginally weakens their case that the shutdown is a tragedy for our times. That’s the “optics” here, even though Gladchuk, for obvious reasons, is reluctant to get too specific.

But wait. This isn’t the only venture that costs the feds nothing to operate which they’ve decided must close in solidarity with our vast federal bureaucracy:

The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation…

According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property…

“We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm,” [Managing Director Anna] Eberly explained.

Previous federal funding battles have threatened the farm’s operations. A group of citizens in 1980 formed the Friends of Turkey Run Farm, established a $500,000 endowment for the farm, and negotiated a 30-year no-fee lease.

They didn’t need to close during previous shutdowns but, oddly enough, they’re being shuttered for this one. Said Eberly to the Free Beacon, “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money.” Right, that’s the punchline to all of this — just like the Park Police erecting barriers around the WWII Memorial and the cancellation of the Navy/Air Force game that would have generated revenue for both schools’ athletic programs, shutdown theater is deliberately extending the economic hit from the shutdown. Not because there’s a critical policy issue at stake but because there’s an extra political point or two to be scored if you’re exacting enough in your pettiness. If you’re into visiting historic farms in federal parks and don’t like coming face to face with a big “CLOSED” sign, hey — that’s what you get for electing Republicans. That might be worth one or two extra votes nationally for Democrats, no?


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Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Ta111 on October 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Asked why the Department of Defense was suspending intercollegiate athletic contests if government funds are not required, Gladchuk said he was told it was about “optics.”

This is getting to be the standard MO of the Obama Administration…along with overreach.

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

They didn’t need to close during previous shutdowns but, oddly enough, they’re being shuttered for this one.

President Petulant is having a temper tantrum. Maybe he should go to his room for a time out.

rbj on October 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Armageddon, he said.
McCain. Obama’s biggest tool.

RovesChins on October 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

As an Air Force grad, I really hate to say this, but this is probably a good thing for Air Force – considering how this season is going so far, this is one less loss for them to suffer through….

dentarthurdent on October 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Wonder what prog hero Martin O’Malley has to say about this cancellation of the Navy game? It’s gonna cost his state plenty.

rockmom on October 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

This is pretty shameful but par for the course for Obama…Most political president in our history..he doesn’t care about this countries success and hasn’t since he was elected in 2008

sadsushi on October 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Why is there more security at the World War II Memorial in Washington when the government is ‘shut down’ than there was in Benghazi when the government was ‘open’?

Is threatening and harassing WWII vets at an open-air plaza that is usually open 24/7/365 with a staff of 7 working in shifts only part of that time more important than the lives of Americans posted at a ‘consulate’ in a NOTORIOUS hotbed of Islamic terrorism where numerous incidents, including an attack on the ‘consulate’ and the attempted assassination of the British ambassador?

DaVerb? Any answers?

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

“Make. It. HURT!”

-SCOAMT

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
Ronald Reagan

the_nile on October 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Optics???…how about everybody growing a pair and storming the barrycades and having some NPS goons taser & arrest some families…

PatriotRider on October 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Wow, I was wondering where Chet Gladchuk ended up. He turned around the athletic program at Tulane back in the 1980s.

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Army was scheduled to play Boston College this week. But, Shutnado has hit there as well.

Welcome to Obamination, sit back and enjoy the ride.

D-fusit on October 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

OT, but this is worth a post:

Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash why the Senate wouldn’t fund the NIH, which has stopped treating about 2000 kids with cancer because of the shutdown. A House bill would re-open the NIH, but Reid and the Democrats in both Houses are opposed.

BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –

BASH: I’m just asking a question.

Yeah, he said that.

de rigueur on October 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I can’t even make up a joke on this. It’s too ridiculous on it’s face to ridicule further.

Chris of Rights on October 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Having a Gubm’t shutdown where nobody notices doesn’t fit the hysteria meme. That simply won’t do! Chicago tactics and never letting a good crisis go to waste. Sadly, the GOP is getting sucked into it…

Wyznowski on October 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Obama is surrounded by young men filled with a “lean and hungry look.” These people despise us, and they are shoving it to us.

PattyJ on October 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Funny, it almost seem that the Park Services is using more resources keeping people out of the parks than it did before the shutdown.

agmartin on October 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Hey Ed, how about Mt. Vernon, according to Newt!.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Is there any remaining doubt that obama hates the American people?

GaltBlvnAtty on October 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

de rigueur on October 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Reid is human trash, a sane nation would have gotten rid of him years ago.

Waddya think about that, verbies, refusing to approve a CR which would fund kids with cancer being treated? What sort of ghouls are running the show over there on your side?

Bishop on October 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Expose Zero’s petty vindictiveness, participate in some patriotic civil disobedience, have someone video it…and then plaster it all over the internet…

PatriotRider on October 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I’m really surprised that McCain hasn’t made a play to meet with Obama to reach across the aisle and be the adult.
Has anyone seen captain Queeg or do they have him tied up and gagged somewhere? I hope they forget where they stuffed him.

RovesChins on October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Hope your tax returns are in order, Mr. Gladchuck.

So now the motto is “football first” and not “firemen first”?

PattyJ on October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Obama is a bona fide certified Super A@@hole.

I loathe him with every fiber of my being. How dare he do this?

Key West Reader on October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Is Army at BC still cancelled, because at that point the government’s “optics” is effing with the schedule of a private university.

I know Boston College has been trying everything to make it work. They should try too, especially if Army hasn’t been permitted to practice all week. BC could find a fair advantage against what is otherwise a somewhat strong running team…

Gingotts on October 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Typical, and a microcosm of the problem….it’s all about optics.

itsspideyman on October 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Hey Ed, how about Mt. Vernon, according to Newt!.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I think I know who would play Clubber Lang in a remake of “Rocky III”.

BTW, AP put this one up.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

No fly overs for Denver Bronco games either anymore. But when either Biteme or Oblamo comes to town to take their families skiing they shut down 1/2 the freakin state.

patman77 on October 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.

If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.

- President Harry S. Truman
February 15, 1950

President Truman was right.

ITguy on October 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Oh, good. I have managed to miss it. I’m off to explore.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

And on cue, McVain is too stupid to understand the distinction and rushes to support his buttbuddy Oboobi in thrashing conservatives and blaming them for forcing this shutdown. hey traitor Juan, the blame rests solely on your CINC who wanted optics.

AH_C on October 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Alternate headline: Someone’s Getting Audited/Fired

JavelinaBomb on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Asked why the Department of Defense was suspending intercollegiate athletic contests if government funds are not required, Gladchuk said he was told it was about “optics.”

An empty Armani is still empty.

It’s a glorious spring time in America.

The fools are all on display.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

So, I guess Reggie isn’t the only one to whom 0bama says:

And make it hurt!!!!

.

I snark at poor 0bama’s expense. Shame on me… when…
Likely these things came from Valerie Jarret’s fetid swamp of a mind.

LegendHasIt on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Oh, good. I have managed to miss it. I’m off to explore.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

It happens. AP usually isn’t this early ;-)

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

As an Air Force grad, I really hate to say this, but this is probably a good thing for Air Force – considering how this season is going so far, this is one less loss for them to suffer through….

dentarthurdent on October 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Yeah, it hasn’t been pretty, but we’re still rooting for the Falcons…

pookysgirl on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

A platinum-sprayed horseturd still stinks.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Wonder what prog hero Martin O’Malley has to say about this cancellation of the Navy game? It’s gonna cost his state plenty.

rockmom on October 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

O’Malley? He’ll either say nothing or blame Republicans. He’s not looking too good right now with the ongoing failure of Maryland’s supposed “showpiece” health exchange.

Doomberg on October 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

‘Why Would We Want to Help Just One Child with Cancer?’

- ‘Compassionate Progressive,’ Harry Reid

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I snark at poor 0bama’s expense. Shame on me… when…
Likely these things came from Valerie Jarret’s fetid swamp of a mind.

LegendHasIt on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

It’s a big, happy family, Sicilian-style.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Is he trying to blow up that football?

slickwillie2001 on October 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Indeed. It never was about “saving just one chile”, but about the props.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

No fly overs for Denver Bronco games either anymore.
patman77 on October 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

At least Peyton makes good use of all the freed up airspace.

Gingotts on October 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Reid is human trash, a sane nation would have gotten rid of him years ago.

Bishop on October 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

We had an opportunity to replace him with Sharron Angle, but Tokyo Rove et. al. wouldn’t give her the time of day.

Kafir on October 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Is he trying to blow up that football?

slickwillie2001 on October 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Of course he is. The nerd is still wondering why it won’t get round.

Gingotts on October 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

dentarthurdent on October 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Ouch

GWB on October 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I misread what you meant, I see what I did. I thought you meant AP had already noted the Mt. Vernon story. Although I can’t find the story at Twitchy anymore and wonder if it was was a mistake.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

[Boston College athletic director Brad] Bates says BC has offered financial assistance to Army for travel to the game, but officials at the U.S. Military Academy have told BC that “this is not solely a financial decision.”

Disgusting

mankai on October 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

It never was about “saving just one chile”, but about the props.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Well, if it *was* about saving the chiles, I could get behind it, ’cause I love spicy food…….

(Yeah, I’m sure you did it on purpose, and I knew what you meant – it just looked funny.)

GWB on October 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Funny, it almost seem that the Park Services is using more resources keeping people out of the parks than it did before the shutdown.

agmartin on October 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

This is what Communists do……USSA…welcome to Obama’s Amerika comrades…..

You all know what you need to do for 2014 and 2016…..or else this is for the rest of our lives.

redguy on October 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

We had an opportunity to replace him with Sharron Angle, but Tokyo Rove et. al. wouldn’t give her the time of day.

Kafir on October 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

That’s only true if those behind Angle would have gotten behind Tarkanian’s kid would have won the primary (no, the even-crazier Sue Lowden wouldn’t have been given the time of day by Tokyo Rove).

Then again, party loyalty has always been a one-way street, with the moderates/liberals (though I repeat myself) never displaying it.

Steve Eggleston on October 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

de rigueur on October 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I’m only surprised he let the mask drop. What a caustic and cruel thing to say. I cannot imagine what the parents are experiencing.

Remember this the next time any Dems clamor about doing anything “for the children.” Kids are mere political pawns to the Dems, to be used (props), killed (abortion), or let suffer (here) at will.

INC on October 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

‘Why Would We Want to Help Just One Child with Cancer?’

– ‘Compassionate Progressive,’ Harry Reid

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I was just going to post that. Incredible…funny how at the end when Dingy’s back was in the corner he insults the (female) reporter.

SEXIST!

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

It’s the cur dog’s philosophy — if you cannot get something out of it, ruin it for everyone else.

No Truce With Kings on October 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Well, I guess the public should suffer. They elected the childish tyrant to the White House. We are all the public. The people of this country should expect no more from electing liberals. Republicans would even consider this kind of stupidity much less engage in it.

cajunpatriot on October 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

The potential revenue loss to the Naval Academy Athletic Association would likely exceed $4 million

A small price to pay considering Bark Vader’s ego is at stake.

antipc on October 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

This one on Mount Vernon?

http://twitchy.com/2013/10/02/disgusting-government-at-work-newt-gingrich-posts-ludicrous-shutdown-pic/

INC on October 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

As the old saying goes, inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out.

RPL on October 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Your government hates you.

Deafdog on October 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Keep in mind that liberalism/communism/socialism is not about lifting people up so they are better off, but about pulling people down so that everyone feels equally bad.

SpudmanWP on October 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

We are very lucky that Obama is too stupid to learn from his overreach selling the dire consequences of sequester and is determined to bring the pain, even in cases where it is obviously unnecessary.

Reid is just a nasty, mean little man who enjoys twisting a knife in someone’s back too much to pay attention to who is looking.

Of course the media won’t help much in pointing out the folly of “closing” operations that don’t cost any money or aren’t even “operated” by the federal government – in addition to the colonial park near Williamsburg, the WWII Memorial is funded by a private endowment of the funds left over from its construction (also entirely with private money, the government just gave the space). But people notice such things – and football games for the service academies which are not only privately funded, but turn a nice profit.

Our risky shutdown strategy had no predesigned endgame plan at all, but luck counts.

Adjoran on October 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Michael James @navybirddog
These cancellations are being dictated by DOD for PR purposes. There’s nothing keeping these games from happening.
12:29 PM – 1 Oct 2013

crrr6 on October 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

US government shutdown: Barack Obama is presiding over the end of America’s superpower status

That is what the sluggards, perverts, looters, and moochers that comprise the democrat electorate voted for.

Murphy9 on October 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

How many Army Navy games has King Putt attended?
This will certainly be settled by the time they are scheduled to play that annual football game, and I wonder if the Secret Service will allow President Asterisk to attend?
If he comes he’ll bring Moochele thinking she’ll dampen the ‘warm reception’.
They use to hold that game in Philly, and believe me the locals will give Obamugabe a REALLY loud (and unmistakable) shout down.

Missilengr on October 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Dick head in charge does not just dislike the American people, he does not like this country and everything it stands for and has done. He is a Marxist puke through and through, period

retiredeagle on October 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

……we are now paying some lib-dolt to run down a list of sites and pick the ones to close that cause the most pain to the public….sickining….more than a poker ‘tell’ into the mans soul…

going2mars on October 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

INC on October 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Yep. I’m losing my mind.

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I guess the Annapolis, MD restaurant and hotel owner’s are just going to have to suck it up and take a financial hit for the team.

That’s what you get for electing these guys:

Maryland

Senators

Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D]
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D]

Representatives

By congressional district:

1st — Rep. Andy Harris [R] – WTF? [emphasis mine]
2nd — Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger [D]
3rd — Rep. John Sarbanes [D]
4th — Rep. Donna Edwards [D]
5th — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D]
6th — Rep. John Delaney [D]
7th — Rep. Elijah Cummings [D]
8th — Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. [D]

Heh.

pain train on October 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

From NFL.com:

Navy was planning to honor its 1963 team at Saturday’s game. That season, former Midshipmen QB Roger Staubach won the Heisman — the last service academy player to do so — and led Navy to the Cotton Bowl. That is the last major bowl appearance by Navy. The coach of that team, Wayne Hardin, also was to be singled out; he is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame later this year.

Tom Lynch, captain of the 1963 team and later an admiral and the Naval Academy superintendent, told the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., the reunion would go on regardless.

“It’s disgraceful that our government is so inept, that our leadership is so inept, that there is serious consideration to canceling a great service academy rivalry game such as this,” he told the Gazette.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000254538/article/roger-staubach-to-be-honored-at-navy-reunion-saturday

Screw with us, if you must, Obama. NEVER mess with Roger the Dodger.

Erich66 on October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I expect CNN’s brainless bimbo Ashleigh to be interviewing me tonight about how I had to update my football pick sheet substituting South Alabama @ Troy for the Air Force – Navy game. I had to send out a new email and lost five minutes of my life because of the government shutdown.

bw222 on October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Wow this just gets worse and worse for the demturds.

They didn’t learn anything from TheSkyIsFalling 1.0

Version 2.0 has the same embarrassing glitches!

dogsoldier on October 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Cindy Munford on October 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM

They need to put Mount Vernon in the headline. It’s only named within the tweets.

INC on October 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I presume Army won’t be playing Boston College (as scheduled) either. Does BC win by a 2-0 forfeit score since their opponents didn’t show?

bw222 on October 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Shout out to all you French Republicans who wouldn’t support Sharron Angle because you thought she was crazy.

kbTexan on October 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

funny how at the end when Dingy’s back was in the corner he insults the (female) reporter.

SEXIST!

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Democrats’ #WarOnWomen

ITguy on October 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

So have the frickin’ game anyway!! What are they going to do, arrest all the cadets??!?!!?

Nutstuyu on October 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

If you’re into visiting historic farms in federal parks and don’t like coming face to face with a big “CLOSED” sign, hey — that’s what you get for electing Republicans. That might be worth one or two extra votes nationally for Democrats, no?

Well then, instead of going to Mclean go to Mount Vernon instead.

Happy Nomad on October 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Yeah, he said that.

de rigueur on October 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I honestly think he is trying to get some mentally unbalanced individuals to come to DC and do something stupid by making ridiculous statements like that. That was a glove thrown down in America’s face, a challenge, sort of like “make me.”

$hit may just get real and Reid should get the blame for it.

Johnnyreb on October 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

So have the frickin’ game anyway!! What are they going to do, arrest all the cadets??!?!!?

Nutstuyu on October 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I like how you’re thinking!

Just like how this administration’s threats to arrest WWII vets if they entered the WWII memorial were just empty threats, there’s no way that the administration would arrest the cadets if they went ahead and held their game anyway.

President “Red Line” has had his bluff called too many times… most of us don’t fall for his bluffs anymore.

ITguy on October 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

pain train on October 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM

You know how Dems are always screaming about ‘gerrymandering’?

This is John Sarbannes’ district (it used to be Barbara Mikulski’s):

…IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF MARYLAND!

Resist We Much on October 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-much-will-furloughed-government.html#.Ukx2me7n-74

this artical is about the hit the GDP is going to take..
i look at this differently…if you re-add the 40,000 in benifits
to a govment employee avg income 74,436 that total is 114,436per employee per year….divided by 251 working days per year….that would be a cost of 455.92 a day per employee times the 815,932 on furloughs is a savings of 371,999,977 dollars a day …
so then you divide our 17 trillion dollar debt by 372 million, that is how many days we should keep it shut down…just sayin

going2mars on October 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

This stuff again, proves my point that the left plays to win. they are engaged in war, where there are no rules.

The GOP keeps playing by some rulebook the other side has never even read. And many, many on conservative sites keep telling us we have to play by that rulebook.

The IRS, Benghazi, simply deciding not to enforce laws (such as Obamacare), Fast and Furious. All of these things point to the fact that only one side in our political landscape adheres to any rules. And the adherence to those rules means we keep losing.

Which proves my second point. We are not in a political battle. this is not a case of two competing policies to achieve the same basic goals.

No. this is a battle about the very structure of our society. The left and the right do not agree on what society is, or should be. The left understands that and is waging war. Which is why they infiltrated all institutions (media, education, gov’t agencies) and have no ethical standards. the end justifies the means. They will harass, indoctrinate, use the power of the state to coerce, use violence and threats of violence (see union thugs in Wisconsin, for instance) and do whatever it takes to establish the society they want (completely central control socialism, with an all powerful federal gov’t).

Until we wake up on the right, we aren’t even really fighting. We believe we are in a simple, peaceful political battle arguing over whether the top tax rate should be 45% or 47%. That’s not even close to what is happening.

Monkeytoe on October 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Big government is dangerous.
We have met the enemy and it is our government.

albill on October 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

secondly …didnt BHO hire some 800,000 federal workers..
……hmm…then we furloughed some 800,000 federal workers…
…..so…its a wash…

going2mars on October 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

The democrats are sociopaths. The democrats will do anything to get what they crave. These are the people that we are dealing with.

This is getting kind of scary.

jukin3 on October 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

President Petulant is having a temper tantrum. Maybe he should go to his room for a time out.

rbj on October 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Perhaps he should take his toys and go home, permanently.

maryo on October 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

funny how at the end when Dingy’s back was in the corner he insults the (female) reporter.

SEXIST!

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Democrats’ #WarOnWomen

ITguy on October 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Slightly OT – but related to the progressive’s war on women….

commentary from the Managing Editor of Manchester, CT’s Journal Inquirer when asked to talk about the decline in newspaper circulation….

Newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households — two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such.

But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they’re living in, and couldn’t afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

Point 1 – Imagine the outrage if a CONSERVATIVE had actually uttered the highlighted observation…he would have been accused of Racism and Misogyny.

Point 2, we’re supposed to believe newspapers aren’t selling because of women get pregnant out of wedlock, have little or no education, exist on welfare, and scam landlords – and not because the consumer are sick and tired of being peddled propaganda and crap that is called ‘news’?

Liberalism has to be a mental disorder.

Athos on October 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Yeah, it hasn’t been pretty, but we’re still rooting for the Falcons…

pookysgirl on October 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Ouch

GWB on October 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Yes. Still cheering for them, but it has been rough.
Really – their only win so far was Colgate, and they’ve gotten whipped bad by everyone else. NOT a good season for AF.

dentarthurdent on October 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

The American populace cannot be allowed to realize that they can not just survive but thrive without an overbearing, intrusive, and ruinously expensive federal government. Liberals will do anything in their power to prevent that, including threatening to arrest people who act independent of government oversight.

Socratease on October 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

So have the frickin’ game anyway!! What are they going to do, arrest all the cadets??!?!!?

Nutstuyu on October 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

And invite all the Army and Navy vets onto the field for the National Anthem. Those would be some bad optics…

monalisa on October 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Is this what “making government cool again” means?

Because if it is I don’t think that Obama knows what cool means.

I do hope he keeps up on the temper tantrum. It won’t win him any friends particularly parents of children that have cancer. But to be honest, Obama doesn’t care about anyone other than himself…and maybe Reggie Love.

jukin3 on October 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

so then you divide our 17 trillion dollar debt by 372 million, that is how many days we should keep it shut down…just sayin

going2mars on October 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

So, a little more than 125 years, then… works for me.

Gingotts on October 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

This reminds me of a kid in their terrible twos who reminds everyone, including the neighbors, that their bottle of milk is tepid and not warm at 2AM. This Alinsky bunch will stop at nothing. But then again, the people in our country decided twice that leadership is not necessary when you have the all-mighty Obama, or Soetro, whatever his real name is.

stuartm80127 on October 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on October 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

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