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143-year-old law puts fear in officials during shutdown

Administration officials now live in fear of a 19th-century law that could get them fired, penalized or even imprisoned if they make the wrong choices while the government is shut down.

The law is the Antideficiency Act, passed by Congress in 1870 (and amended several times), which prohibits the government from incurring any monetary obligation for which the Congress has not appropriated funds.

In shutting down the government, most memos cite the law as the reason. The Government Accountability Office says employees who violate the Antideficiency Act may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension and even "fines, imprisonment, or both."

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101078243?__source=yahoo|finance|headline|headline|story&par=yahoo&doc=101078243|143-year-old%20law%20stirs%20fe



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In shutting down the

In shutting down the government, most memos cite the law as the reason. The Government Accountability Office says employees who violate the Antideficiency Act may be subject to disciplinary action, suspension and even "fines, imprisonment, or both."

Who will enforce these laws, if the government is shutdown? Can citizens make arrest and organize juries?

riiiiiight

Like a law is gonna stop them. That would require that this be a nation of laws. They'll just re-define "monetary obligation" and/or "appropriated funds" to suit their needs.

There can be no justice when a judge judges himself.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Tell that to the 85%

I guess that doesn't apply to the 85% of government that's still fully functional?

Only the US government would call itself "shutdown" and still be operating at 85% capacity.

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Well it puts me in mind of a person hearding domestic animals

FEAR, chase them this way, use a dog (looks like a wolf to the animals) more fear chase them this way and that untill you have them into the slaughter shouts.

Gov shut down is like believing these despots will just go away. Just one more fear tactic to control the sheeple. If they all stand on their heads and promise water mellons to everyone still I would not pay attention to these sold outs.

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If that idiot with the EPA claiming to work 1 day a week for the

CIA can't get fired, or Lois Lerner - forget about someone spending money illegally. We have serious, serious problems. I laugh when I hear the numbers of employees in each department. EPA has nearly 100,000 - what the hell do they do besides harass property owners? That's almost 20,000 per state!

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Check your math again

Unless you think there are only five states :-)

Reuters obtained an EPA

Reuters obtained an EPA guidance in which the agency said it would "classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential," which is about 6.6% of the agency's workforce, in the event of a government shutdown, which occurred on Tuesday.

The EPA is a complete 100% waste of money.

Their purpose is to protect government cronies (Federal Reserve members) and stomp any voluntary market competition into the dust.

Free includes debt-free!

Agreed.... just don't like

Agreed.... just don't like false information being spread...

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Hello tdd4ron, I agree accurate information IS important!

Thanks for posting it.

Free includes debt-free!

check your calculator...

check your calculator...

too bad...

laws now only apply to the servant class.

Too bad to that the members

Too bad to that the members of the severnt class don't even know who they are either. If they did, they'd stop participating in, and validating, the system that enslaves them.

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Don't hold your breath.

Noone will get fired or even disciplined for violating this law. Federal employees are traditionally exempt from prosecution - unless they're whistle blowers or a scape goat is needed to cover up a politician's crime.

It only takes one to KEEP AMERICANS FREE. Know your duties & rights as a juror. Stop the unconstitutional conviction of innocents in federal custody. The Fully Informed Jury CALL 1-800-TEL-JURY www.fija.org IMMEDIATELY if not sooner. It's that important.

Internet is the game changer

Without the web we would have never known.

Fear from bureaucrats

What an interesting law.