Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

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#321 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby puan » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:22 pm

FYI. As reported on NBC, there are still a few tickets available for tomorrow's gala at Mar-a-lago celebrating Donald J. Trump's first anniversary of being the 45th President of the United States. Tickets are only $100,000 per couple.

Hurry while they last.

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#322 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Up2u » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:50 pm

Well, the reality is the anniversary will be celebrated with a government shutdown, the first time ever with one party (Republicans) controlling both the legislative and executive branches.

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#323 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:46 pm

Up2u wrote:the anniversary will be celebrated with a government shutdown

That celebration has begun. The USA government has indeed shut down. We'll see how long this one lasts.

What I don't know is whether the embassy shuts down too, but I imagine it does. If you need to use embassy services, I advise calling before going. Of course, if nobody answers the phone, then that probably means the embassy has shut down, although I would expect some sort of recorded message will play to let people know whether the embassy is open or closed.
____________________________________________________________________

The government just shut down. What happens next?

by Daniella Diaz and Kevin Liptak, CNN

January 20, 2018

(CNN) - In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.

So what happens next? Here's a rundown of what will happen if the government remains shut down.

Furloughs

Thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough -- meaning they won't report to work Monday. Whoever works for agencies and departments that are considered nonessential, including agencies that pay out small business loans and process passport requests, will cease to work effective immediately until Congress is able to agree on a bill for the federal budget.

The employees in these departments would be placed on "furlough." In previous shutdowns, everyone who stayed home was paid retroactively after an agreement was reached in Washington.

At the peak of the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 employees were furloughed per day, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

White House

The White House said Friday that 1,056 members of the Executive Office of the President would be furloughed, and 659, considered essential, would continue to report to work.

Furloughed staff will still be expected to report to duty on Monday, the White House said in a contingency plan posted to its website Friday. But they can stay for no longer than four hours to engage in "shutdown activities" like setting out-of-office messages or explaining how to carry out functions to colleagues who are not furloughed.

Military

The military is considered essential and will still report for duty. However, the troops -- including those in combat -- will potentially not be paid during a shutdown.

If the shutdown goes on for weeks, about 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay. The military is currently paid through February 1.

In addition, many civilian Department of Defense employees will not be working during the shutdown, including instructors at military academies and maintenance contractors.

Special counsel

Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation team will continue to operate, a Justice Department spokesperson told CNN.

"All employees with the Special Counsel's Office are considered exempt and would continue their operations in the case of a lapse in appropriations," the spokesperson said.

National parks and gun permits

If you had plans for a vacation to visit any national parks, zoos or museums, some of those may be closed.

The popular panda cameras at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington will be turned off, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Institution. Visitors will still be able to visit the National Zoo, as well as Smithsonian museums, over the weekend. But the zoo and the museums would be closed beginning Monday.

The shutdown will also affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, meaning if you wanted a gun permit, you'll have to wait until the shutdown is over.

TSA, air traffic control and mail services

Essential services, such as Social Security, air traffic control and the Transportation Security Administration, will continue to be funded even if some employees of those agencies are not.

The US Postal Service won't stop serving residents -- you'll still get your mail.

DC city services

In 2013, the shutdown especially affected residents of Washington. But this time around, Mayor Muriel Bowser vowed that services in the city will continue, unlike last time.

"Washington, DC, is open," Bowser said in a statement published Friday. "DC government will continue to provide services to our residents, the services they expect and deserve, uninterrupted."

National Mall

Bowser also said the city plans to help the federal government maintain the National Mall.

"I've called on my agencies, where we are able, to step in for the federal government," she said during the news conference. "The National Mall is operated by the National Park Service, and there are many other National Service Park properties throughout Washington, DC ... we will step in and ensure litter and trash are picked up along the National Mall to keep nation's front yard clean of debris."

http://us.cnn.com/2018/01/20/politics/w ... index.html

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#324 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Up2u » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:29 am

The government shutdown is over (for three weeks). This was an embarrassment to our system of governance with plenty of blame for all participants.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/politics ... index.html

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#325 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:54 am

Up2u wrote:The government shutdown is over (for three weeks). This was an embarrassment to our system of governance with plenty of blame for all participants.

As far as I'm concerned, with very few exceptions any congressman and senator currently in office, come next election they can forget about getting my vote. I hope every damned one of them get voted right out of office and are forced to do what for them is the unthinkable - start working for a living.

I just hope if that miracle actually occurs, the miracle will include making sure their replacements don't turn out to be even worse.

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#326 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

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#327 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Up2u » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:09 am

A friend on holiday made an ATM withdrawal yesterday and was shocked. He could pull 2k less baht than when he arrived 4 weeks ago. Since election day the dollar has dropped from 35.27 to 31.44 or about 11%. Just a few weeks ago Republican spin enthusiasts were trumpeting "Also, repatriation of funds kept by US corporations abroad will lead (as history shows) to buy backs of their own stocks (by some estimates 450 billion dollars will be used for this purpose) which again will be positive for stock prices. Similarly, repatriation of offshore funds will maintain the value of US dollar." Of course, this is all problematic about the dollar as it affects certain industries historically and companies may already have this money sitting in dollar accounts overseas.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-t ... 2017-09-27

One thing is clear, that Trump is the first President that I can remember that publicly talks down his currency(Mnuchin too). Meanwhile, we as expats pay the price and there goes my tax cut.

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#328 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby puan » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:54 am

...Making America Great Again. :evil:

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#329 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby firecat69 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:05 am

Trump has a hard time understanding how much his lawyers pay his stable of whores. (Melania must love it) much less the strength of the Dollar.

I wonder how strong his pre-nup is?

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#330 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:48 am

firecat69 wrote:Melania must love it

Maybe she does. There's rarely news about her. Maybe she has a little stable of her own.

Besides, it keeps Donald away from her, doesn't it? That alone must be a great relief for her.

Maybe for Christmas she'll give him an inflatable doll . . .


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