Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Delivery problems force KFC shutdown across UK, Ireland

The company, once known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, temporarily shut down 575 of its roughly-900 locations across Britain and the Republic of Ireland as of Monday night, BBC reports.

The problem wasn’t due to a shortage of chicken itself, but KFC’s new delivery partner DHL, the company said in a statement. KFC couldn’t say how long it would take to restore normal services.

“We’ve brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems – getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!” KFC said. “We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours.”

DHL admitted that a number of its deliveries had been “incomplete or delayed” due to some “operational issues,” according to CNN Money. The logistics corporation said it was working with KFC to solve the problems.

KFC reportedly replaced its former supplier, Bidvest Logistics, with DHL last week. Bidvest told the media that the transition had been “seamless.”

About 95 percent of all KFC restaurants in Britain are reportedly franchisees. The company pledged to pay its personnel as usual, and to encourage franchisees to do the same.

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Leadership urges House Democrats to vote against budget deal as shutdown looms

WASHINGTON — With a potential shutdown looming, a bipartisan budget deal that is expected to pass the Senate on Thursday faces a decidedly uncertain future in the House of Representatives. With the conservative House Freedom Caucus opposed to the agreement, it is unlikely to pass without Democratic support. However, Yahoo News obtained an email Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s office sent to Democratic House members urging them to vote against the deal.

“DEMOCRATS ARE URGED TO VOTE NO ON THE BUDGET DEAL,” the message said.

That instruction was prefaced with a request for members to tell House Democratic leadership how they’ll vote on the agreement — a sign that party leaders are trying to figure out where their members stand. Indeed, multiple top Democratic House staffers told Yahoo News that there is uncertainty among members about how many will follow leadership and vote against the agreement.

The government is set to shut down at midnight unless a budget deal is done. The Senate agreement would avert a shutdown, raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded for two years. It earned bipartisan support in the Senate because it contains increased spending for both defense and domestic programs. Pentagon budget increases have been a long-term goal of Republicans, and Democrats demanded they be coupled with funding for other programs.

Opposition to the agreement from Democrats stems from the fact that it does not address the expiring DACA program that shields from deportation some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Democrats initially vowed not to back any budget deal that did not reinstate DACA in some form. Former President Barack Obama established the program through executive action in 2012, but President Donald Trump rescinded it last year, calling for congressional legislation to address the issue.

Last month’s brief government shutdown ended after Senate Democrats backed off that demand and supported the short-term measure that is keeping the government open through Thursday evening. That short-term deal did not need the support of House Democrats to pass, and members of the party’s liberal wing are concerned they would be unable to obtain a DACA fix from Republicans without the leverage of a looming shutdown.

Senate Democrats got onboard with the short-term deal after Minority Leader Chuck Schumer extracted a promise from Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would allow a vote on an immigration deal sometime soon. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said she wants a similar pledge from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Pelosi spent a little over eight hours on Wednesday delivering a marathon speech on the House floor where she shared the stories of the so-called Dreamers, who are protected from deportation by DACA.

“Our basic request is to honor the House of Representatives, give us a chance to have a vote on the floor,” Pelosi said near the conclusion of her remarks.

In response to Pelosi’s remarks, a spokesperson for Ryan, AshLee Strong, issued a statement touting his willingness to address DACA.

“Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill — one that the president supports,” Strong said.

However, Strong’s statement did not confirm that Ryan would allow an open immigration debate on the House floor. It also suggested that Ryan would back immigration reform only along the lines dictated by Trump. Late last month, the White House released an immigration framework that included steps to preserve DACA, but also contained measures that are opposed by Democrats such as stepped-up border security funding and curbs to current levels of legal immigration.

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At his weekly press conference on Thursday morning, Ryan urged House members of both parties to back the budget deal. He touted the increases in military spending as necessary and vital while promising wary Democrats “we want a DACA solution.”

“I know that there is a real commitment to solving the DACA challenge in both political parties. That’s a commitment I share,” Ryan said. “To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not. We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign. We must pass this budget agreement first though so that we can get on to that.”

Neither Ryan or Pelosi’s office responded to a request for comment on this story from Yahoo News.

The conservative Freedom Caucus’s opposition to the budget deal stems from the fact that the spending increases will add to the national debt. In a text message to Yahoo News, Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, indicated that his group is staying firm in its opposition, leaving the deal in need of Democratic support. Meadows also predicted that Democrats would ultimately back the bill.

“It won’t pass without Democrat support, but I would estimate at least 100 Democrats vote for the budget deal today,” Meadows said.

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Short-Lived US Government Shutdown

Short-lived US Government Shutdown



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Shutdowns occurred 18 previous times, the longest in 1996, lasting 21 days.



The second one under Trump in the past three weeks, occurring after midnight Thursday, was resolved quickly. Neither party wanted it to last.



Overnight, Senate budget legislation passed overwhelmingly, not before shutdown occurred after Senator Rand Paul delayed voting past midnight, objecting to GOP failure   to stick to 2011 budget caps and fiscally conservative policies.



On Fox News, Paul said Washington “spends too much money, borrows too much money, and actually we’re going to bring back Obama era deficits. I was elected to combat Obama era deficits.”



US deficits occur in nearly all fiscal years. The nation has a long history of indebtedness from the republic’s early days.



Andrew Jackson was the only president to eliminate US debt entirely. It was about $1.4 billion in current dollars. Today the national debt is $20.6 trillion.



Deficits occur almost annually, balanced budgets or surpluses rare. Deficits explode in wartime. They rose sharply under Bush/Cheney and Obama.



Because of the great GOP tax cut heist, budget experts estimate the US FY 2018 deficit at $1 trillion or more, continuing high in subsequent years.



David Stockman believes the tax cut will add trillions of dollars in federal debt. He estimates it rising to around $35 trillion by 2028, causing enormous economic harm, saying:



“Whatever expansionary impulses that do remain in the US economy are about to get smothered by the impending collision between soaring debt issuance by the US Treasury just as the Fed prepares to dump upwards to $2 trillion of existing debt securities into the bond pits.” 



“The punters on Wall Street have been so addled by years of Fed monetization of the public debt that they now think rising yields are a ‘good thing’ and reflect rebounding economic growth. No they don’t!”



“The only possible way to accelerate growth in a 104-month-old business cycle – where household consumers are impaled on a record $15 trillion of debt and other liabilities – is through an outbreak of capital spending.”



So far, companies have been largely focused on stock buybacks, increased executive pay and bonuses, along with mergers and acquisitions.



There’s no way out of “the fiscal trap…short of a thundering financial collapse,” Stockman believes.



Stockman earlier called Fed quantitative easing (QE) “high grade monetary heroin,” believing one day it’ll “kill the patient.” 



He called the current equity market swoon “a minor warm-up for the main event.” The fullness of time will tell.



Pre-dawn Friday, House members passed budget legislation, agreeing on a $300 billion increase in military and domestic spending to keep dysfunctional government running – Trump expected to sign the measure into law later today.



The shutdown lasted hours. Three weeks ago, it shut down for three days. Undemocratic Dems caved, agreeing to another continuing resolution to keep government running through February 8.



The January shutdown occurred over immigrant rights issues, notably Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), letting undocumented immigrants entering America as minors receive renewable deferred action from deportation, along with work permit eligibility.



Around 850,000 “Dreamers” are affected. Some estimates put their number at 1.7 million human beings deserving equitable treatment – not thrown under the bus for political reasons.



The issue remains unresolved, leaving them in limbo once budget resolution is signed into law – likely later on Friday, but in Washington, nothing is certain.



The proposed budget deal involves a fifth stopgap bill to fund government through March 23. Another measure will be needed to prevent shutdown.



It’s no way to run government, yet it persists, a game of chicken to see who blinks first.



A Final Comment



The deal agreed on includes:



$165 billion military spending increase;



domestic program spending boosted by $131 billion;



nearly $90 billion in disaster relief funding:



funding community health centers for the next two years;



extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for four years;



funding for existing infrastructure programs for transportation, drinking water and broadband.



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Shutdown Deal Has Obamacare-Related Tax Cuts; AP’s Gordon Is Not Pleased

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White House switchboard takes a stand on shutdown blame

WASHINGTON — Before the government shutdown standoff came to an end, there was a robotic voice to weigh in on the politics of it: Callers to the main switchboard of the White House heard a recorded message explaining there were no operators on duty owing to the Democratic “obstruction.” The message was still playing Monday night as the deal to end the shutdown awaited President Trump’s signature.

One expert told Yahoo News it may violate ethics laws.

“Thank you for calling the White House,” a female voice said in the message. “Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down.”

The message repeated the argument the White House has been making for days — that Democrats were to blame for the shutdown and had endangered the country through their refusal to sign onto budget deals that did not include provisions protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ultimately backed a budget deal after his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, promised to address later on the issue of the Dreamers, or those who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as children.

During the shutdown in 2013, which occurred when President Barack Obama was in office, callers to the White House switchboard were greeted with a nonpartisan message.

“We apologize, but due to the lapse in federal funding, we are unable to take your call,” the 2013 message said.

Norman Eisen, an attorney who was Obama’s “ethics czar” from 2009 to 2011, told Yahoo News that the Trump administration’s shutdown switchboard message appears to violate the spirit of the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits executive branch employees apart from the president, vice president and other top officials from engaging in political activity.

But Eisen said the office of the special counsel would be “unlikely to take action because no specific candidate is targeted.”

Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 until 2007, during the administration of President George W. Bush, told Yahoo News he doesn’t think the Trump administration should have used the switchboard in this manner because it’s “in bad taste.” However, Painter said he doesn’t believe the message was a Hatch Act violation.

“This is the basic rule of the Hatch Act: You can criticize the Republicans or the Democrats on the Hill for the position they take because they, in their official capacity, identify themselves as Republicans and Democrats,” Painter explained.

Painter noted that Obama “would routinely criticize Republicans on Capitol Hill for obstruction” at official White House events and said the Bush administration similarly criticized Democrats.

“This is sort of par for the course,” Painter said. “Where you cross the line is where you endorse the Democratic Party or attack the Democratic Party as a political organization, or attack a candidate for election, or promote a candidate for election.”

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters offered a similar interpretation of the Hatch Act when asked about the message by Yahoo News.

“This is just another, of many, examples of so-called ethics experts manufacturing artificial controversies for their own political objectives,” Walters said. “The actual prohibition called for by the Hatch Act is that federal employees may not use official authority to interfere with the results of an election. This is not that.”

Whether or not the message represented an actionable offense, Eisen, the Democratic former White House ethics lawyer, argued that it broke with tradition.

“It is certainly a violation of the longstanding norm that the White House staff (and particularly the nonpartisan career members, such as the person who likely recorded this message) is there to serve and work with all Americans, and not just those who voted for the president. For that reason, we were very careful in the Obama administration about this kind of thing. For example, I made one senior staffer remove an autographed Obama campaign sign from his office in case in made those who had not voted for the president uncomfortable. This recorded message for callers would have been inconceivable in any other administration, of either party,” Eisen said.

Alyssa Mastromonaco, who was deputy chief of staff for operations under Obama from 2011 until 2014 offered a more blunt take when she was asked about the switchboard message on Twitter.

“It’s a f***ing abomination and I cannot believe they made nonpolitical appointee employees [the WH operators] record it,” she wrote.

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Undemocratic Dems Cave on Shutdown

Undemocratic Dems Cave on Shutdown



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



High moral, ethical and legal standards are absent in the Washington swamp.



Both right wings of federal duopoly governance share guilt for a corrupted system too debauched to fix.



A self-serving bipartisan criminal class runs things – responsible for inflicting enormous harm on countless millions of people at home and abroad.



The only way to change what’s unfixable is by abolishing the system and starting over – rebelling for the common good. No other alternative can work.



Elections maintain continuity – the abysmal status quo, things worsening with each new administration and Congress.



Washington is a bipartisan cesspool, a fantasy democracy, contemptuous of right over wrong, supporting privileged interests, ignoring the general welfare.



Federal government shutdown followed congressional failure to pass a budget for the current fiscal year.



For nearly four months, government operated under continuing resolutions – unacceptable short-term fixes, another signed into law on Monday after a farcical three-day shutdown.



Trump’s signature kicked the can down the road until February 8 when another shutdown looms if budget agreement isn’t reached.



This is no way to run government anywhere. Continuing resolutions are shameful, a game of chicken to see who blinks first.



Inability to agree on a budget is one of numerous examples of dysfunctional governance in Washington.



Shutdown occurred over immigrant rights issues, notably Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), letting undocumented immigrants entering America as minors receive renewable deferred action from deportation, along with work permit eligibility.



Around 850,000 “Dreamers” are affected. Some estimates put their number at 1.7 million human beings deserving equitable treatment – not thrown under the bus for political reasons.



Deporting them would be unconscionable. Most arrived as very young children. They know no other country than America, its language and customs. They deserve respect and citizenship, not banishment to a foreign land.



On Monday, undemocratic Dem Minority Leader Schumer caved to GOP hardliners – abandoning protection for Dreamers.



“Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown,” Trump tweeted.



The Wall Street Journal added: “Nor did they get a promise that the Senate will approve their desired change, nor did they get any commitment from House Republicans to do anything at all.”



A Journal editorial said Schumer betrayed Dems running for reelection in “Trump states (to) “placate his progressive base, and then he caved on the shutdown and ended up with the approval of neither.”



Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Stephanie Taylor blasted Schumer and other undemocratic Dems, saying:



“These weak Democrats hurt the party brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.”



United We Dream executive director Cristina Jimenez said members of her organization are “outraged.” Dems “are not resisting Trump. They are enablers.”



Progressive activist group CREDO political director Murshed Zaheed called Schumer “the worst negotiator in Washington – even worse than Trump,” adding:



“Any plan to protect Dreamers that relies on the word of serial liars like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, or Donald Trump is doomed to fail.”



Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain said “(a) promise from known liars Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, or Donald Trump isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, yet despite that fact, most Senate Democrats, including…Schumer, voted to allow Donald Trump to continue to subject an ever growing number of Dreamers to lives threatened by deportation from the only home they’ve ever known. (Dems) stand for nothing.”



They’re all self-serving serial liars on both sides of the isle, undemocratic Dems as bad as Republicans, Zaheed and Chamberlain failed to explain.



Monday shenanigans in Washington reflected another example of how deplorable governance in the nation’s capital works.



Privileged interests alone are served, others exploited, mistreated and otherwise ill-served so they can benefit hugely – including from the spoils of endless wars of aggression.



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CBS/NBC Downplay GOP Victory in Shutdown, ABC Guilts Dems for ‘Giving In’

Congressional Republicans and President Trump declared victory on Monday over the Democrats in the government shutdown, as the Resistance could no longer hold out and voted on the continuing resolution to fund the government. In an exchange, they received a promise to negotiate and vote on DACA in the next few weeks. The three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were notably disappointed and frustrated that their party caved after just three days.

CBS Evening News was one of two programs that downplayed the Republican victory. As they were coming on the air, anchor Jeff Glor took on an indefinite tone. “The federal government is fully reopening tonight. Nearly three days after a dispute over immigration led to a closure. Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal today to fund the government for a few more weeks and put off a potential DACA fix until next month,” he reported.

Throughout their first report on the shutdown, CBS didn’t declare a winner as the liberal media swiftly did back in 2013. Instead, Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes touted the progressive Senators who were still holding out and who conveniently had presidential ambitions. “16 progressive senators, including several presidential hopeful, wanted to hold out for more. California Democrat Kamala Harris said McConnell’s vow fell far short of an ironclad guarantee,” she reported.

Cordes was cheerful that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was funded for six years, but suggested it was only a Democratic priority when it was a key priority for Republicans since the six-year funding plan was their idea. Obviously, she was trying to find something positive she could spin for Democrats.  

CBS didn’t declare a winner until their second report, and White House Correspondent Major Garrett seemed frustrated by it. After being asked by Glor about what the President was looking for in the immigration bill, the reporter appeared to snap at him:

 

 

We’ll get to that in a minute, Jeff. One of the reasons the nation didn’t see the President this weekend is because the White House strategy was not to have the President appear to own any part of this shutdown. And the President’s lack of engagement, not a single phone call over the weekend with Democrats, led to a victory largely on his terms.

NBC Nightly News also downplayed the Republican and White House victory. It took until their third report to declare a winner in the shutdown standoff. “So Chuck, back to this shutdown. What happened here? Did Democrats lose their nerve,” fill-in anchor Savannah Guthrie wanted to know.

To put it in football terms, Savannah. I would say this was a false start by the Democrats,” explained Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd. “The Democrats showed their cards. At a minimum, he already knows he’s going to get his wall from Democrats if he gives them DACA. And that in itself is already a small victory for this White House.

ABC anchor David Muir, on World News Tonight, was quick to declare Republicans victorious and did it often, but the network was clearly disappointed in the Democrats and sent them on a guilt trip. “Three days in, and late today, the Senate voting to end it. The House voting just moments ago. The Democrats giving in on the dreamers for now,” he announced in the opening tease.

And Muir did it again during the introduction of their first report. “Today was day three and then Senate Democrats deciding to give in on the dreamers with a promise from Senate Republicans that they’ll take up the issue soon,” he reported. “Senate Majority Leader McConnell emerging triumphant.

 

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In wrapping up her report, Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce seemed disheartened by the Democrats’ actions, the position they found themselves in, and actually declared they were responsible for the shutdown:

That’s why this is such a political gamble for Democrats. They took a stand here, shutting down the government over Dreamers and it is unclear if they’ll ultimately get what they want. We’re told Schumer’s message tonight to disappointed Democrats: “You have to play the hand you’re dealt. It is what it is.”

Clearly, they all were pulling for one team in particular as they were seemingly acting like their team had just lost the Super Bowl.

Partial transcripts below:

CBS Evening News
January 22, 2018
6:31:18 PM Eastern [2 minutes 28 seconds]

JEFF GLOR: Good evening. The federal government is fully reopening tonight. Nearly three days after a dispute over immigration led to a closure. Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal today to fund the government for a few more weeks and put off a potential DACA fix until next month. We begin tonight with chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, who is on capitol hill.

[Cuts to video]

CHUCK SCHUMER: The Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement.

(…)

NANCY CORDES: 16 progressive senators, including several presidential hopeful, wanted to hold out for more. California Democrat Kamala Harris said McConnell’s vow fell far short of an ironclad guarantee.

(…)

[Cuts back to live]

CORDES: In an attempt to get back on America’s good side, Congress did authorize back pay for all those furloughed workers. And the funding bill that passed today also reinstated the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, a big Democratic priority, Jeff.

6:33:46 PM Eastern [1 minute 15 Seconds]

GLOR: Nancy Cordes, thank you very much. White House Correspondent Major Garrett is at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Major, is there any indication we know what the President is looking for now in an immigration bill?

MAJOR GARRETT: We’ll get to that in a minute, Jeff. One of the reasons the nation didn’t see the President this weekend is because the White House strategy was not to have the President appear to own any part of this shutdown. And the President’s lack of engagement, not a single phone call over the weekend with Democrats, led to a victory largely on his terms, as the press secretary said, “This afternoon what the president did clearly worked.”

(…)

NBC Nightly News
January 22, 2018

7:04:52 PM Eastern [1 minute 19 seconds]

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: This brings us to Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press. So Chuck, back to this shutdown. What happened here? Did Democrats lose their nerve? Has anything really fundamentally changed in terms of where the fights are, where the battles are?

CHUCK TODD: No, I don’t think anything has changed. I would, to put it in football terms, Savannah. I would say this was a false start by the Democrats. The tactic might be an effective tactic but the timing was poor, didn’t have leverage now, there was no sense of urgency and Democrats had no explanation as to why have this fight now instead of in four weeks?

You can make a case in four weeks for them to draw these lines in the sand, but the Republican line was simply, we need more time to negotiate, and as far as the public was hearing, they’re sitting there: “What’s wrong with that? That doesn’t seem unreasonable.”

I do think this, Savannah. We will go right back to where we were over the weekend in about three weeks. I think we’re still a long way away, and if anything, President Trump has to feel good about one thing. The Democrats showed their cards. At a minimum, he already knows he’s going to get his wall from Democrats if he gives them DACA. And that in itself is already a small victory for this White House.

GUTHRIE: We may be having this very conversation in a few weeks. Chuck, thank you.

ABC
World News Tonight
January 22, 2018
6:30:27 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: Tonight, from Washington, breaking developments as we come on the air. The government shutdown. Three days in, and late today, the Senate voting to end it. The House voting just moments ago. The Democrats giving in on the dreamers for now. So, who wins, who loses? And how much did this cost the U.S. taxpayer?

(…)

6:31:42 PM Eastern [4 minutes 21 seconds]

MUIR: And good evening from Washington. We are here in the nation’s capital because of the government shutdown. Today was day three and then Senate Democrats deciding to give in on the dreamers with a promise from Senate Republicans that they’ll take up the issue soon. The Senate voting to end the shutdown and then just moments ago, the House voting to follow suit. Senate Majority Leader McConnell emerging triumphant. Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emerging with a promise from McConnell they will tackle immigration and the Dreamers. But this showdown ends not without costing U.S. taxpayers millions and costing political capital, too, with seeing so many Americans seeing political dysfunction yet again. And by the way, this new funding to get the government back open, only lasts three weeks.

(…)

BRUCE: That’s why this is such a political gamble for Democrats. They took a stand here, shutting down the government over Dreamers and it is unclear if they’ll ultimately get what they want. We’re told Schumer’s message tonight to disappointed Democrats: “You have to play the hand you’re dealt. It is what it is.”

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Military-Industrial Complex Ensures Americans War Will Go On Despite Gov’t Shutdown

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The United States government’s mission of spreading empire, destabilizing peaceful countries, and violent regime changes will not be hindered by the government shutdown. Our fearless rulers have ensured Americans that the military-industrial complex will be just fine—despite not paying the soldiers.

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence encouraged troops to focus on their missions and ensured them that they will be just fine even though their paychecks won’t come in next week.

Although military personnel remain deployed and on the job, they won’t be paid unless Congress votes to compensate them.

“We’ll get this thing figured out in Washington,” Pence said early Saturday as he greeted US servicemen in Ireland shortly after the government shutdown. “Stay focused on your mission,” he said.

“We have soldiers that are headed down range to Kuwait for six months in a critical theater to serve the country, and yet because of Democrats in the Senate, they have anxiety about their pay,” the US Vice President said playing partisan tactics as he addressed the non-partisan military.

Pence then took to Twitter to lambast Democrats for their role in the shutdown—ignoring the fact that both equally repugnant sides are at fault.

While many bureaucracies will suffer as a result of the shutdown, the warmongers made sure to let everyone know that the programs “that keep us safe” will not be affected.

As the report read on the DoD’s website, the Defense Department will continue its mission to defend the people of the United States, American allies and U.S. vital interests around the world during the government shutdown that began at midnight, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a memo.

“We will continue to execute daily operations around the world – ships and submarines will remain at sea, our aircraft will continue to fly and our warfighters will continue to pursue terrorists throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia,” the secretary said. “While training for reservists must be curtailed, active forces will stay at their posts adapting their training to achieve the least negative impact on our readiness to fight.

“I recognize the consequences of a government shutdown,” Mattis wrote. “You have my personal commitment that the department’s leadership will do our best to mitigate the impacts of the disruptions and any financial burdens to you and your families.

“Steady as she goes – hold the line. I know the nation can count on you.”

Just before his signature, Mattis wrote “Stay alert.”

Fret not free world, the United States failing to fund itself will not hinder their ability to drone bomb villages in Afghanistan and Yemen and sell weapons to terrorist Saudi Arabians.

While many people in the United States will fear this government shutdown, those of us who see the state as the leviathan police state that it has become will welcome it.

This shutdown also serves to illustrate another very powerful point. While every other bureaucratic function in the country will cease to open tomorrow, the war machine will march on.

As Randolph Borne wrote in 1918, after World War I.

War is the health of the state.

It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties. The minorities are either intimidated into silence, or brought slowly around by subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them really to be converting them. Of course, the ideal of perfect loyalty, perfect uniformity is never really attained. The classes upon whom the amateur work of coercion falls are unwearied in their zeal, but often their agitation, instead of converting merely serves to stiffen their resistance. Minorities are rendered sullen, and some intellectual opinion bitter and satirical. But in general, the nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war. Other values such as artistic creation, knowledge, reason, beauty, the enhancement of life, are instantly and almost unanimously sacrificed, and the significant classes who have constituted themselves the amateur agents of the State, are engaged not only in sacrificing these values for themselves but in coercing all other persons into sacrificing them.

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The Washington D.C. City Government Does Not Participate In The Shutdown

WASHINGTON ― When the federal government partially shut down in 1995, the local city government closed recreation centers and suspended trash collection while then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich seethed over having having to sit in the back of Air Force One.

That won’t happen this time, though.

District of Columbia residents run their own civic affairs, but the U.S. Constitution gives Congress ultimate control, so when lawmakers fail to fund the government and “nonessential” federal services go by the wayside, the same thing is supposed to happen to the city, too.

During the shutdown drama of 2013, then-mayor Vince Gray decided D.C. was not doing that anymore. The city defied the federal government by spending its own money, and Gray declared all of the city’s workers “essential to the protection of public safety, health, and property,” thereby exempting them from the federal shutdown.

Through a referendum and a lawsuit, the D.C. government has since tried to give itself more budget autonomy from the federal government, and Republicans in Congress seem to be losing interest in the fight. They made only a half-hearted attempt to thwart the city’s 2015 legalization of recreational marijuana, for instance, and haven’t said much in recent years about its budget.

On Friday, current D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city would remain fully open and that the Department of Public Works would also handle litter collection at 126 National Parks Service sites that would otherwise not get service during the shutdown.

“Leadership is about stepping up, not shutting down,” Bowser said in a press release.

D.C. residents still don’t have any voting representation in Congress, even though the city is more populous than the entire state of Wyoming, which gets one representative in the House and two senators. 

But the fact that the city has no voting member of Congress means D.C. residents, who are often subject to mockery and erasure by the city’s out-of-town professional class, played no part in failing to fund the federal government. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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