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Real Facts About Shutdown – Reassurance for Most Americans

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Let’s do a reality check on the current federal shutdown.  Are you ready for a good laugh?  Put down your favorite mainstream media outlet.  Switch it off, and just follow the numbers.  Yes, every rooftop is cluttered with news anchors, bellyaching reporters and stray Democrats shouting “the sky is falling!” or “the federal shutdown is ending life as we know it!”  Here is real news.  Not so.

First, recall that when President Obama managed a congressional shutdown, he blamed Congress and “weaponized” that shutdown against average Americans – deliberately putting barricades around traditionally open, accessible monuments and parks, including our WWII Memorial on the National Mall. 

President Trump has done the reverse, waiving obstacles to volunteers at monuments and parks, clearing the way for federal agencies to stay as open as much as possible.  He has specifically assured EVERYONE entitled to a timely tax refund will get it, throughout the shutdown.  Most parks can use operating budgets to keep restrooms and garbage pickup going.  As he seeks to get Congress to properly secure US borders, he is looking after the American People – in ways his predecessor did not.

Second, remember that the bills held up by Democrats in Congress have more than 300 billion dollars that could be placed against the five million dollar request.  It would take ten minutes for Congress to agree. The five could be taken from parts that deliberately EXCEED the President’s original request – such as the 10.6 billion dollar jump up for Housing and Urban Development over the President’s request.  This would instantly end the crisis, allowing money to be used for border security or “the wall,” also allowing other programs to remain at requested levels.

Third, look at the real numbers on shutdown impact.  No one is doing it – so let’s do it here.

As of this week, 328,000 federal employees are on furlough, according to the most recent agency reporting.  If history is any example, they will all be given back pay – part of the eventual compromise – when the shutdown ends. 

They represent 38 percent of employees at the several affected agencies – so less than half, even of those agencies – and almost nothing by comparison to total government employees, federal or national employment.

Today, there are 230 public employees for every 10,000 Americans, according to the US Census data.  Altogether, America has 16 million public employees employed beyond the federal government, plus more than two million (fulltime) federal employees, excluding postal employees.

Since we have another half million postal employees, we have a total of 2.5 million federal employees, 18.5 million overall public employees (with the federal employees), and a total of 126 million employees nationally – a number that has risen sharply (and in every demographic) since President Trump took office.

So, let’s keep some perspective here.  This “partial shutdown” – furloughing 328,000 “non-essential” federal employees who will likely be paid for time off – is a drop in the national bucket.  To be precise, these “time off” employees represent 13 percent of our total federal workforce, less than two percent of public employees, and one quarter of one percent of all American employees. 

So, while congressional Democrats insist that 10.7 million illegal aliens in the United States amount to nothing to worry about, and we witness roughly one-half a million new illegal entries per year, the commotion is now about the one quarter of one percent of employees who are presently furloughed – pending protection of the border. 

The sad irony is that this contrast – genuine public health and safety issues tied to a porous US border versus the political hoopla promoted by Democrats who refuse to pass the bills that would protect the border and pay the quarter of one percent on furlough – is somehow lost in the clatter and clank of what masquerades as modern political debate. 

Average Americans are tired of this poking by Congress at a President trying to protect the nation, endless and pointless posturing, ranting and reorganizing of facts to support what Democrats in Congress think will bring more votes. 

The average American is glad that President Trump has assured all social security, Medicaid, Medicare, Military pay, and IRS refunds will go out uninterrupted by the political shenanigans.  They are glad essential personnel will remain as usual, and that the “partial federal shutdown” is not being weaponized against the American people.  They are glad too that President Trump wants to protect them and secure the borders.  What they are not pleased about is the antics that now define the public square.

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Rexford O. Ames
Rexford O. Ames
4 years ago

Thank you. I would very much like to send this to all my friends and family. The bull is so deep that it becomes frustrating with the , I don’t know crowd. Example. Just a minute ago, My wife mentioned that her sister( heard), that the Military Services ( Army, Navy,Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) were not being paid. Source unknown? Knowledge with the truth, is extremely important and it has and is being denied the average U.S. Citizen Legal or not!

Laureen Dunn
Laureen Dunn
4 years ago

Thank you so much for this article. It does bring things into perspective.

Mary Barton
Mary Barton
4 years ago

It seems to me the Democratic Party in general has gone so far left they may never get back to some sort of partisan progress. All of congress, Representatives and Senators should not be paid a dime until this shutdown is settled. Who do they think pays their salaries and put them in office. They are supposed to be working for the American people instead of getting rich on the backs of the middle class. They need to pay into Medicare and Social Security just like all the rest of us have all our lives and then get Social Security checks. Furthermore, all the campaign war chests need to go into paying off the National Debt not going home with any of them. They need to have term limits just like the President, then go home at the end of their term(s) and go to work like the American people have to do everyday. They are not special or above the law.

The Democratic Representatives are an embarrassment to this Nation, and perhaps should be considered traitors since they are bent on destroying the United States from the inside. Pelosi and Schumer need to be voted out of office, stripped of any retirement and go home.

Patricia M
Patricia M
4 years ago

Amac, thanks for keeping us informed on government happenings.
I hope viewers/readers read what your all about. Amac is the Conservative alternative to Aarp.
Thanks again Amac!

Sue Medders
Sue Medders
4 years ago

I know our Great Nation has ability to judge and jail the culprits guilty and imprison him or her or both or them. Why hasn’t it already been done. Are all of our representatives scared of their shadow? I am sick and tired of this run a round. If you’re going to do it, do it! Now–not tomorrow but now! Thank you, Sue Medders

Kenny
Kenny
4 years ago

That all sounds great until you are one of the people that isn’t working now and doesn’t get a paycheck. This is half of our regular income. If you would check the people off are the workers not the beuracrats at the top. Then they say we shouldn’t live paycheck to paycheck but try to remember we just survived the Obama RECESSION. It’s hard to save money when you don’t have any coming in. If the government would leave things alone maybe we could make a living

Cliff Larson
Cliff Larson
4 years ago

Heaven has a wall, and a gate with a strict entrance requirement. People put up fences around their homes for protection. We put locks on our doors, not to keep our family and friends out, but to protect us from those who wish to rob and harm us.
Wake up America and put the pressure on your congressmen and women to quit all the petty bickering and put the American people first.

Mary Anne Keough
Mary Anne Keough
4 years ago

Not all the Military are getting paid. The US Coast Guard falls under DHS and they will continue to work with out pay. I 100% blame this on the Democrats. They only care about getting votes.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

Two words “blank check” build the best wall possible……MAGA

Theresa Rodriguez
Theresa Rodriguez
4 years ago

Ah… yep. Knew all that… in fact,

I think it’s about time we make this “Temporary” shutdown of “non-essential” Government Depts…

PERMANENT! Let the Private Sector take over and run things properly, efficiently and profitably.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

Why can’t the people see through this democratic foolishness. I’m just a simple retired carpenter that use to be a Democrat until I started to follow political games more closely. Most democratic politicians are in it for personal gains,and want to blame the rich for all our problems! Thanks Amac for keeping us informed

Drue
Drue
4 years ago

Most of the American people are not stupid. Just a few years ago, Schumer, Pelosi, Clinton and even Obama were in favor of a border wall. Just watch the videos of all of them posturing in front of the cameras from Fox News. The camera does not lie but these Demoncrats do. The cost of illegal aliens pouring into our country is 10 times the cost of a wall. True Americans: Support President Trump and let’s build THE WALL!

Edwina
Edwina
4 years ago

If they are nonessential as I’m sure they plus many still work are also lay them off and save some money that way. And congress shouldn’t get paid at all as they just took off when they should have stayed and taken care of business instead of just being difficult because they don’t like the fact we have a president who is working for the Americans and not for the government

Gail
Gail
4 years ago

Do the democrats or persons really think thousands of women are in danger every week by health issues that they have to abort their children?? Thousands!!!! They ought to be excommunicated from any religion. They are doing the work of the devil and will pay dearly for their sin. We need to protect our borders. Illegal is ILLEGAL, come in the right way like our ancestors. Even Rome has a wall around it and I don’t hear the pope saying thank you to our President for not funding the world abortion…did you know we have been doing that?

William Aiello
William Aiello
4 years ago

Not too long ago Dumbocrats supported the wall. But this is 2019, and there’s an election next year. So the race baits begin in preparation for that election. Remember, Dumbocrats need these illegal aliens to become citizens so they’ll get votes.

CA Escapee
CA Escapee
4 years ago

If I may suggest; dump barb wire in our half of the Rio Grande and then stock it with piranha.

SHELLIE
SHELLIE
4 years ago

Thank you God for a President who is FOR the American People, not against them. Who will do what needs to be done and not back down when challenged or attacked. Who takes his job seriously and loves his country and it’s people. He is exactly what we needed and the liberals can’t stand that he is systematically undoing everything their crowned prince Obama destroyed in his 2 terms. President Trump is undoing the damage faster than Obama was able to inflict it and that is chapping the liberals hide!! Tickles me to death!!

peggy m.
peggy m.
4 years ago

Yes, Mr. President. You pledged to protect the American people. You must stand , be accountable to the ones of us who voted you into office. Do the right thing. God will direct you and protect you.

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

Why don’t Republicans fact-check the msm and democrats when it comes to them saying the majority of Americans don’t support a border wall? Also, when the democrats and msm claim Trump is spreading fear about all the things going on at the border, they are spreading fear about people dying from the govt shutdown! Come on…push back against these lying hypocrites!!!

antimarxist
antimarxist
4 years ago

I don’t feel sorry for these people one bit. They should try getting a real job in the private arena and deal with real life.

Judy Hoffman
Judy Hoffman
4 years ago

I am disgusted with the reporters especially the national news programs. I thought that they were journalists and supposed to be just reporting the facts? I can’t stand seeing the “smirks” on their faces at the opportunity to put President Trump in a bad light.

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
4 years ago

Excellent article! I would only add that the shutdown was caused by one and only one group: The Democrats who filibustered the House-passed bill that included President Trump’s funding for the wall. Chuckie Schumer engineered this debacle. He owns it. And any reporting to the contrary is a lie, pure propaganda from the left for no reason than to tarnish the guy trying to secure our border and protect Americans. Those who oppose the wall yet claim to support a secure border never seem to offer a good alternative to that wall that would be as effective. Why? Because they don’t have one. They are paying lip service to the desperate need for border security. A wall is not perfect by any means. But it’s a very good start and better than anything the Democrats offer. So build it. I will say that I am reluctant to go the National Emergency route. It is an emergency for sure and deserved, but going that way will cause immediate lawsuits, some court issuing an injunction to stop construction, and years working its way through the courts with a very uncertain outcome. I think it would be counter-productive.

Aj Tustin
Aj Tustin
4 years ago

However, if most Americans are tired of all this, how come the Democrats won the majority at the midterm election?

William Guy
William Guy
4 years ago

Its nice to see some real logic being presented instead of all the hype we hear from the media and liberal democrats!
Thank you!

CarolMann
CarolMann
4 years ago

Mr.PRESIDENT…..YOU READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION BEFOR YOU WERE HIRED…ID GIVE YOU A BIG RAISE….BUT YOU WORK FOR FREE❤❤❤❤❤❤GOD IS BLESSING AMERICA?

Robert Curry
Robert Curry
4 years ago

Want to make a difference AMAC members!? Call your Elected Congress persons and Senators! Don’t wait, tell them to support and Protect America, BUILD THE WALL!

Debora Barker
Debora Barker
4 years ago

Being a retired Government Employee, do you realize they are working for free right now? But think about how they are suppose to pay for food, gas, electric, etc., you need gss to get to work, and you need money to eat so you can keep healthy to work. It puts a big strain on the families! Children cannot go on field trips because mom/dad or both are not getting paid. The democrates do not care and I feel they are acting worse than children! Fund “Build The Wall”, so Government Employees can get paid!

Donald Tucker
Donald Tucker
4 years ago

The Democrats continue to slap the face of every legal immigrant to this country; people who waited in line, without cutting-in, and came here legally. They continue to call us racist and anti-immigrant when the only thing they are concerned about is power.

Joe Howard
Joe Howard
4 years ago

This a game to the Democrats, and some Republicans. The security and welfare of our Country is secondary to their gamesmanship. They are more interested in their “game plan” to stop anything, and I mean anything President Trump does. But when you have been in Washington for as long as many of them have, you lose all contact witht reality and it becomes a game. They are so pampered that they don’t know what it’s like out here in the “real” world. I thank President Trump every day for doing what he has said he will do and for not giving in. I don’t care if the Government is shut down for as long as it takes. Maybe they should look at the non essential employees and fire them.

LUKE KNIGHT
LUKE KNIGHT
4 years ago

I support the President in this battle of wills. Pelosi, Schumer and other Democrats remind me of the people that join Isis and fight against the U.S.A. THEY COULD HAVE BEEN FLYING THOSE PLANES THAT HIT THE TOWERS.

Melodie
Melodie
4 years ago

Go President Trump we are with you!

David Rumbaugh
David Rumbaugh
4 years ago

Disregard denominational labels, How can any Christian be a Democrat. Pure communism is a system to be sought after and ultimately achieved by Christians. Socialism is as far from that ideal as one can possibly get. Look at the Congress. What do you see but a bunch of socialists vying for the right to run the whole world? For all who espouse any but Christian values and rules for life: “What other laws do you need than, ‘ You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, your strength; and you will love your brother as you love yourself?'” Oh, and for the record, Democracy as a governmental system is worse than nothing.

Rick
Rick
4 years ago

We have met the “enemy” and they are “the democraps” and the phony news media. This ‘unholy’ duo seems hellbent on destroying the national and cultural heritage of the United States and replacing it with globalism and “politically correct culture”.
It is time for all who love this country and what it has stood for: to stand up , fight back and resist the craziness being fostered
on our great country by the “Evil Duo of Chuck @ Nancy” @ their band of progressives, globalists and socialists!!!

Jim McConnell
Jim McConnell
4 years ago

Peloski and Shummer need to be removed from office, they both care more about illegals then the citizens of this country, in 2006 50 million was set aside by Bush and Obama was suppose to carry this out by building the wall, where did this money go? You can almost bet it went right into Obama’s, Congressman, and Senators bank accounts, Democrats are nothing but a organized crime syndicate, domestic terrorist set out to destroy this great country, the only hope we have is President Trump and I stand with this man 1000%.

Gilbert
Gilbert
4 years ago

MAGA! Go Trump Go!

Kaye McDermid
Kaye McDermid
4 years ago

I agree we need the wall. I also agree that our Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves over how badly our country is being driven into total poverty and obscurity. Please President Trump, stop these illegals who want nothing more than to take over our country and murder as many “American Infidels” as they can. I am a born again believer, so I am not afraid to die for my Lord, but I don’t want to die yet.

Donald Wood
Donald Wood
4 years ago

I hear repeatedly why the Democrats don’t want a wall, they don’t want Trump to have a win. Occasionally I hear they know a wall works but it cannot be disassembled inconspicuously, where as their solutions can. The Dems call for a wall in the past is nothing more than a charade, they see these illegals as a part of their future voting base and in some areas, they already are. They are seldom if ever challenged on the latter.

Stephanie Schaming
Stephanie Schaming
4 years ago

Standing with our President.

Bernie Ashyk
Bernie Ashyk
4 years ago

Amen Brother !

Waite Cathy
Waite Cathy
4 years ago

I agree completely!

Carol L. Baril
Carol L. Baril
4 years ago

I’ve heard that those who have been furloughed (ie on paid vacation) are not going to get paychecks and that those folks are hurting. What ever to savings accounts for rainy days? You can’t tell me that these non-essential government employees don’t have savings accounts where they sack a little each pay to cover any major expenses unforeseen in their lives? I got laid off a couple times in my career and had savings to fall back on for at least a couple months!!! I cut out certain things I didn’t need and took some part time work until something came up again. Can’t these folks do the same? Welcome to reality! And if I were one of those non-essential government employees, I think I’d be re-evaluating whether I want to work in a job in which its considered non-essential!

Michael Tomaino
Michael Tomaino
4 years ago

I Thank God every day for our President and his incredible service to our Country! Trump/Pence 2020!

Gary
Gary
4 years ago

Send this to all news outlet and see if it’s reported. Lol. Won’t happen. If it’s not against Trump they will have no part of it. Trump should sell the Non-essential jobs to private contractors and let them pay employees the going rate and take the burden off of the taxpayers . Just saying.

Paul V Stahl
Paul V Stahl
4 years ago

I think Trump could sign an executive order to prevent mortgage companies and utilities from foreclosing on those furloughed federal employees. And give those employees 90 days after their first pay checks to make good on their loans and utility bills.

Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson
4 years ago

This is a good explanation of what is really going on. Many people have stopped watching network & cable news and no longer even view it as actual news. We are now presented with what THEY would like us to believe and follow as factual events that are distorted or 1/2 truths. The boarder has been in crisis for years and nothing has been done according to the news media in the past. Now …….that steps are being taken to correct this…. we have no boarder or immigration problems according to them. The government shut down can be fixed. Main stream media and certain politicians ……work as one and want nothing to be corrected. Hopefully the wall and illegal immigration can be addressed and people can return to there jobs. Keep America safe. Stop using good people to help ilegal immigration.

Roger Belledin
Roger Belledin
4 years ago

Working at a big box store stirs emotions when your fellow employees think the dems are right. When I present facts as to your newly read print here they balk and say the usual “It’s all Trump, there is no problem” , I really wonder at my age just what cool aid they drink or the fairy tale they read. I even tell them DIG Deeper into the real truth. ONE word comes to mind and the mainstream media , dems , and liberals took to saying “MAN-U-FACT-URED” . Eyes on both sides of the parties really need an eye opener. Videos, pictures, comments, actual murders, rapes, molestations, SANCTUARIES, have done nothing to convince the American public to the true nature of the reasons of the need of a wall and MAJOR security of these United States. YES, I am a conservative, I am a Nam vet, retired, still work, LOVE this Nation and believe in God and the presidents way of caring for ALL of us. Despise the FREE give me programs as my last comment.

Robert Wiley
Robert Wiley
4 years ago

Please stand your ground, President Trump.

John Davis
John Davis
4 years ago

I am a retired U.S. NAVY CB, I would bet they would gladly build the wall if asked. I think every branch of our military has a construction branch, put them all in the wall.
The greatest problem I see is most of the land where the wall would go is private property.

Robert Wileu
Robert Wileu
4 years ago

Don’t let the Liberal Democrats win this one. Stand your ground, President Trump. Your are correct and the Democrats are willing to let our country be overran with illegal aliens.

James Spragg
James Spragg
4 years ago

The Democratic party have shown they are haters of God country and the American way

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