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9th-Apr-2011 05:40 pm
"Dear friends of the Earth Observatory,

As you may know, the U.S. government is facing a shutdown due to the
end of funding. As a result, the Earth Observatory site will not be
updated for the duration of that shutdown (and may not be available at
all) which may begin tomorrow, Saturday April 9.

We hope that there will be a quick resolution to this crisis and we
thank you for your continued patronage."


No, seriously, wtf guys?  Is this GOP/tea party shit?
9th-Apr-2011 09:12 am (UTC)
That seems to have been avoided.

Basically, there's been a standoff about the budget for the entirety of 2011, and we've been squeaking through on temporary budgets. There was a complete impasse between the Democrats and Republicans over the budget bill, which had a lot of extras attached - like cutting all funding to Planned Parenthood. So I'm inclined to blame the GOP, but then I'm liberal.

But they've passed an actual budget this time (I think), and passed an hour before deadline of "everything stops".

There's an article here that will be better at explaining than me.
9th-Apr-2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Clarification: had there not been a new budget, all government funding would have shut down until one was passed. That means NASA, museums, monuments, as well as day-to-day gov't employees.
9th-Apr-2011 11:17 am (UTC)
as well as day-to-day gov't employees.
Such as the Republicans who were blocking everything? No wonder they managed to come to an 'agreement!'

9th-Apr-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, the members of Congress would still be paid. :) Just, you know, the little people who would suffer.
9th-Apr-2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
It's not the repulbicans blocking, it's harry Reid not taking it to vote.

Wasn't there supposted to be a budget established last year as required by law, but it wasn't done. Hpw could that have happened? It was a party majority, so how hard could thathave been? Why would they not want to pass a budget with a party majority?
Where is the leadership on this mess? Just wanna know.
9th-Apr-2011 11:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I've been reading with utter horror a lot of the crap the GOP are trying to get through. What is it with them and womens rights?? O.o

To an outsider it looks incredibly scary.
9th-Apr-2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm very pro-choice and I would love for Planned Parenthood to get off the Federal money, because if you don't take Federal money, they have less hold over you. I would love to see Planned Parenthood funded solely by private donors so if even more Conservatives get elected, they can't threaten to cut them off because they aren't taking any money.

The big problem is that Clinton, when president, could have done something about abortion rights and accessibility, but wimped out and kicked it to the states to individually decide, which is why you have South Dakota instituting this 72-hour waiting crap law.

Don't think that Republicans are automatically anti-choice. I'm a Republican, but I'm pre-Reagan Republican. Before Reagan came along, Republicans were pro-choice (and so was Bush the elder) until Reagan made him an offer to join him as VP on the 1980 ticket unless he changed from pro-choice to pro-life. Reagan was the one who got the Conservatives in the South, who traditionally voted for Democrats and were anti-civil rights and pro-life, to switch to the Republican party. In the 60's, it was the Republicans who pushed through the Civil Right Act and the Democrats in the South who fought it.

So where the whole GOP and women's reproductive rights thing comes in, you can say it's Reagan's fault. He was a religious man who latched on to those evangelical preachers who railed against a woman's choice.

Barry Goldwater, who was a Republican Senator from Arizona back in the 50's-80's was the classic, old school Republican, which is now called Libertarian.

To quote from wikipedia: By the 1980s, the increasing influence of the Christian right on the Republican Party so conflicted with Goldwater's libertarian views that he became a vocal opponent of the religious right on issues such as gay rights and the role of religion in public life.
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