The Majyk Six Weeks

this time fer shure!!

Despite this:

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This:

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 08, 2013
Readout of the President’s Call to House Speaker John Boehner

Late this morning, the President telephoned Speaker John Boehner from the Oval Office and repeated what he told him when they met at the White House last week: the President is willing to negotiate with Republicans — after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed – over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country. The President also repeated his willingness to negotiate on priorities that he has identified including policies that expand economic opportunity, support private sector job creation, enhance the competitiveness of American businesses, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and continue to reduce the nation’s deficit.

Like this:

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are weighing a short-term debt limit increase with no added policy changes, such as deficit-reduction requirements, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

To, apparently, give them six weeks or so to bring out their Inner Rational Adult which was not allowed out for the past decade or so…

Yeah. That’ll work.

Meanwhile, this:

The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that, as long as the budget impasse lasts, it will not be able to pay death benefits to the families of troops who’ve been killed in combat.

The Good News is:

The Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget then devised a solution — allowing the Fisher House Foundation to enter into a rush agreement to provide the money up front until the shutdown ends.

Ken Fisher of the Fisher House. They use 95% of donated funds to help injured soldiers and their families recover.

Fisher House: Investigate Donate

8 Comments!

  1. DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ)
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:26 am |

    Thanks for the Fisher House link, Claire.
    Yeah, and the other stuff, too.

  2. Fawkes News
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:33 am |

    Surrender first, negotiations afterwards!

    That’s very important unimportant.

    Write that down.

  3. One Man Gang
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 9:11 am |

    Boehner has been dying to bend over and spread ‘em since this started. Only the fact that the conservatives and libertarians have made it clear if he does so he loses the Speakership and all those nice perks that come with it has kept him from consummating the deal with Obama.

    Meanwhile, out here in Flyover America, other than those who directly work for the feds, absolutely nobody has noticed that 20% or so of the federal workforce is off the clock. People are discovering just how little impact the federal government has on their day-to-day lives, other than as an irritant. This is the Governing Class’ worst nightmare.

    Already the media is running about wringing its collective hands and trying to convince us that, “You need the government! Really! You do!” To their abject horror, outside of DNC focus groups, it’s not selling.

  4. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 9:35 am |

    So much for that movie, “Taking Chance” , about escorting a dead Marine home for burial…

  5. hank
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    People are discovering just how little impact the federal government has on their day-to-day lives, other than as an irritant. This is the Governing Class’ worst nightmare.

    That’s what I’m seeing, or, as I heard on the radio the other day “The roads are still here, the electricity is still on, no cool gangs to join — worst apocalypse eveh”

    My son’s hunting buddy is a gubmint employee, enjoying his time off and out doing some scouting for deer season. He’s pretty sure he’ll get back pay when he’s called back. They have an office pool on when they’ll go back to work, but nobody willing to bet against the back pay–it’s a sure thing as far as they are concerned.

  6. Posted October 10, 2013 at 11:58 am |

    That is just stupid. Considering that SECDEF decided that existing legislation was “good enough” to bring back his entire civilian workforce. The military pay act authorized military pay. Death gratuities ARE military pay. They are intentionally spreading pain where none needs to be. They are just being dicks because they can.

  7. Fawkes News
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    Dear Leader has made it clear he will not negotiate with terrorists or extremists.

  8. Sigivald
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm |

    the President is willing to negotiate with Republicans — after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed – over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country

    So, “give me what I want and I’ll let you TALK to me later”?

    Interesting “negotiation” tactic he has there.

    Problem is he ain’t Bruce Willis.