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Feds Prep For E-Gov Shutdown 290

dcblogs writes "If the federal government is shutdown midnight Friday, the feds plan to stop updating government Web sites that aren't delivering essential services. 'Most Web sites will not continue, only those Web sites that are part of these accepted activities would continue to operate,' the senior White House official said Tuesday. 'Accepted activities,' refers to essential, life and safety-related government services. The IRS, however, will continue to accept tax returns filed electronically and to process payments. 'We need to be able to collect the money that is owed to the U.S. government,' the official said. Paper-based returns won't be processed."
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Feds Prep For E-Gov Shutdown

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  • by Shivetya ( 243324 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @08:30AM (#35743312) Homepage Journal

    The real truth of the matter is, the Democrats while in power refused to pass a budget for this fiscal year. Worse they refused to even submit one to the floor all because they were afraid of the ramifications of doing so before the election. In other words, if they had submitted their budget they would have had to campaign with that large deficit number hanging over their heads.

    I am all for a government shut down, the problem I have is the press is still giving Obama a free pass. When the press decides to come back to the side of the public and keep Obama honest we might see some progress. Right now they are making this all out to be a Republican anti-(insert minority group/poor here) issue instead of pointing out that if Pelosi had not purposefully ignored her duty we would be fighting over the FY2012 now instead of fighting over something that should have been in place before the election.

  • Re:Either way.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by hubie ( 108345 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @08:48AM (#35743468)
    This is true only if Congress agrees to make it so after the fact. It would be political suicide to not pay active duty. Civilian employees might be a toss up depending upon whether they get lumped into the same bill as the active duty.
  • Re:So ... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @09:00AM (#35743582)
    Actually no, they will not be taking paper returns. And if you have already filed by paper but don't have your return yet, it's not likely you'll get it any time soon. The problems the IRS will have because of the shutdown will probably be the most disruptive to the government.
  • Re:Either way.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by jank1887 ( 815982 ) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @09:41AM (#35744000)

    Officially, civilians don't get paid. Not sure about the military. Last time, when they finally passed the resolution they opted to retroactively restore pay for those days (even though no work got done) as a good faith measure. they also realize what a paltry sum federal employee wages are when compared to the actual debt total, so it was a relatively cheap form of goodwill from the guys that just finished pissing off most of the country.

  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland&yahoo,com> on Thursday April 07, 2011 @10:39AM (#35744682) Homepage Journal

    wow, you need to find different pendants to listen too from time to time.

    You might want to fact check a little.
    the 2010 budget passed. I"m not sure why you think otherwise.
    There was some discussion with Blue dogs.
    The republican stalled the government through many tactics that where, quite frankly, abusive.

    To answer your question:
    The republican created an unrealistic and harmful budget. The current Republicans idea of compromise is 'Do it our way or you not compromising.'
    So yes, the blame rest solely on the Republican/Tea Party.

    Oh, I just read your sig. I should have done that first and not bothered. Clearly you can't think beyond whatever you neo-con masters claim. Her is an interesting fact: That 'whistle blower' situation was manufactured by the media. Specifically: Fox News.

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