El Presidente has cancelled his visit to Indianapolis. The imminent FedGov shutdown -- will the last useless wanker out please shut off the lights* -- is cited as the reason.
He was going to be visiting yet another vehicle transmission plant, which has been a popular Hoosier pastime for high-level Democrat politicians -- Hillary Clinton did it during the campaign, the President hit a different one last November. It must be hard for them to resist: big UAW-dominated factories, deep in flyover country, close to a major airport: in quick, out quick, leave us rubes dazzled.
But it's not to be; with something akin to Actual Work looming, he's stayin' in town. It was okay to go walkabout while Libya festered and another earthquake rocked Japan, but if the old paycheck-conveyor might stop, for however short a time, whoa, Nellie! Gotta man the Oval Office!
Stand by for bipartisan I-blame-the-other-guys; heck, it's already started.
(I can't say as I mind. My Mom has yet more medical stuff today -- she hasn't been back to her house since January -- and I had to take the day off to help out. This resulted in Great Unhappiness from above: we're already shorthanded, we've got techs out on vacation plus the cold I had is still making the rounds and Presidential visits are extraordinarily busy times at the Skunk-Workings. Yeah, well, tough, I like my job but mothers are not replaceable).
* Yes, I wrote "useless." Other than DoD -- that's another battle -- and (probably) border control, can you name one essentially-essential service the Federal government performs? Most the governing you and I get is the nibbling of much smaller and closer ducks -- municipal, county, state -- while the Feds loom large in the background, passing out tax-grabbed largess and keeping people from filling in malarial swamps. True, they do employ a lot of people, people who'd likely have jobs just as good if society wasn't being impoverished by the burden of paying for FedGov; mind you, the in-between would just suck. But 'splain me, what is it Uncle Sam does that you don't already get elsewhere and/or couldn't do without?.
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