Cobb residents go without pay until resolution
by Nikki Wiley
October 01, 2013 12:54 AM | 4596 views | 16 16 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Though essential personnel would stay at work, the majority of the 575 civilian employees at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta will be left without a paycheck until a federal budget is passed.<br>Staff/file
Though essential personnel would stay at work, the majority of the 575 civilian employees at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta will be left without a paycheck until a federal budget is passed.
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MARIETTA — Almost 600 civilian workers and even more service members in Cobb County will be without a paycheck until Congress finds a solution to its budget debate.

Congress remained in a stalemate Monday afternoon over how to fund the federal government. Republicans want to fund the government without funding Obamacare, while Democrats strongly defend the new government health law.

Midnight was the deadline for Congress to strike a deal.

Without a deal, the government will go into a partial shutdown, sending non-essential workers home and halting non-essential services.

Mail will be delivered and Social Security and Medicare benefits will keep coming.

National parks are set to close, however.

That includes Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park just outside of Marietta.

“What hurts me is they’re going to lose money that most people can’t afford to lose,” said Brad Quinlin, a volunteer and historian of the battlefield. Quinlin lived in Cobb County during the last government shutdown that took place 17 years ago and he expects the closure of Kennesaw Mountain won’t go unnoticed.

“I’m out there all the time. I see so many cars parked in the parking lot that have the license plate Cobb on them,” Quinlin said. “I think it will affect them.”

Fourteen employees of the battlefield will be furloughed while four employees, mostly law enforcement, will remain on the job, said Chief Ranger Anthony Winegar.

He called the situation “fluid” and said he couldn’t disclose exactly how the park will go about closing.

“We would obviously ask for the public’s cooperation and patience,” Winegar said.

Air control at the Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field won’t be affected. The airport got permission from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners earlier this month to pay an outside firm to operate its control tower in case of a government shutdown.

But the threat of disappearing funds for federal air traffic controllers isn’t lingering like it was when Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown last spring. Air traffic controllers will remain on the job.

Military isn’t exempt from the shutdown.

Though essential personnel would stay at work, the majority of the 575 civilian employees at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta will be left without a paycheck until a federal budget is passed.

The base also hosts 1,400 reservists.

Lt. Col. James Wilson, chief public affairs officer, said he estimates about 800 people will be furloughed, including mostly civilian employees and some reservists.

He couldn’t say how many of those employees live in Cobb County but they all work at the Marietta base.

Department of Defense agencies had been directed to start telling their employees what their status would be during a potential shutdown, Wilson said Monday.

wHe acknowledged the situation is disruptive to families of service members, but said functions essential to national security and public safety will continue.

“There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and we hope that Congress will work with the administration to complete a continuing resolution or a full fiscal year 2014 appropriations prior to October first,” Wilson said. “Appropriations uncertainty is not helpful in efficiently executing our budget.”

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noseriously
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October 02, 2013
So the rest of us have lost jobs and live in fear of losing our current one and these people should be exempt? List all the people in Cobb that are not working because of government and their economic environment.
Too funny
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October 01, 2013
Are people liking this piece because it's informative and well written, or are they liking the idea that working families will suffer?
rjsnh
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October 01, 2013
House Republicans are backing the right wing extremists in their party and a number of these represent us, and are now running for a senate seat. None of them are fit to be a United States Senator.
Diamond Jlim
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October 01, 2013
Let's be clear:

1. The postal service is NOT funded by the government, and mail will continue to be delivered. Why they are mentioned at all in these shutdown stories is a mystery to me.

2. The shutdown was NOT caused by Republicans. Barack Obama and Harry Reid bear sole responsibility for refusing to consider any of the funding bills passed by the House or even TALK to Republicans about a compromise.

3.Millions of private sector,and state and local government jobs have been lost on Obama's watch, with little media commentary other than reporting the statistics. But now, Federal workers are being furloughed, and OMG!....it's the end of the world as we know it! All the pundits, undergarments knotted in a wad, are breathlessly commenting non-stop, running countdown clocks, and pointing fingers...mostly at Republicans.

What is so sacred about Federal jobs that they are more important or highly valued than those in other sectors? Why should Federal employees be immune to what the rest of us have to deal with every day in the Obama economy? The answer should be obvious!
Lib in Cobb
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October 01, 2013
You are incorrect when you speak of the reluctance of our president and Harry Reid to talk. They are more than willing to negotiate, but The ACA is the law of the land. The people have spoken.
wrong lib
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October 03, 2013
Obama refused to talk until yesterday. All analysts agree that he allowed the shut down to get voters upset with republicans. Did you notice he decided to meet yesterday? A day after the shutdown. Obamacare will essentially ruin the healthcare industry and those of us whom have worked hard all of our lives. Obamacare will tax my plan because it is a good plan forcing my company to drop out due to costs. Yet Obama and the congress refuse to be on Obamacare. That alone should make you want to puke!
Lizzy Mae
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October 03, 2013
This is not an Obama Economy. Bush and the other republicans in office at the time handed over a broken economy to Obama and his team. Where we are today economically didn't just happen overnight!

It took the 2 terms that Bush was in power to result in the collapse of our financial industry which then set off a chain of negative events for our economy - unemployment rates being at an all time high, foreclosures - residential and commercial and the list goes on and on.

So before ranting about our present situation, it's best to analyze things from where it all began before pointing fingers and casting blame where it doesn't necessarily belong!

It is because of greed with no restrictions on capitalism that has also contributed to our current poor economic conditions prevailing right now.

Only God can help us now!
Lib in Cobb
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October 01, 2013
Sadly enough there are some people who will feel the sting of the GOP shutdown.

The Affordable Care Act was approved by the House and the Senate, it was signed into law by President Obama, it withstood a Supreme Court test, repeal of the law was voted on by the House more than 40 times and it never passed.

Healthcare for all has been discussed by every president since John Kennedy, President Obama was successful in getting it passed. The GOP can't stand the idea that it was a liberal president who was able to get it done. There would be no argument from the GOP if this law of the land was a GOP idea. The GOP doesn't like it but they also have NO alternative.
D. G. in Clarkdale
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October 01, 2013
How typical of leftist loons, always ignore the FACT that your socialist, unconstitutional, legislation was passed over the objections of the Republicans, now you cry foul... hypocrite! A pox on your house.... Mind your own damn business and stay out of my right to choose how I live my life and how I spend MY money!
noseriously
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October 02, 2013
But Obama is not implementing the law as it was written. He excludes his friends and some large companies. Ya cant decide which part of a law you want to keep and ask to fund it all
Just Wait
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October 02, 2013
@ D.G. in Clarkdale...please be careful, you are very near the edge of your earth and could fall off.
Diamond Jim
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October 02, 2013
Lib:

Are you living in a cave, or do you only watch MSNBC? Obama is on tape, in speech after speech the last few weeks, declaring "I will not negotiate with Congress!" He and his cronies are calling conservatives terrorists and worse. Name calling is the last resort of those who have no factual basis for their indefensible positions.

This is the man who was supposed to usher in a new era of civility and transparency in Washington, but instead has bitterly divided the country along racial and economic lines. He has no idea how to govern or lead---all he knows how to do is make speeches, pout, and blame.

Poll after poll has made clear that the American people do not want the disaster that is Obamacare thrust on them. House members have listened to their constituents (which is what we send them there to do) and voted to repeal or delay it. Those efforts have been blocked by Dingy Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate, who live in their own little elitest world inside the Beltway and have nothing but disdain for the huddled masses out here in the hinterlands clinging to our guns and bibles.

And for you to say the GOP has no alternative to offer for Obamacare further demonstrates your own ignorance. They have concrete proposals, some already crafted into bills, which the Senate will not even consider. They had loads of ideas to present when Obamacare was being considered, and the Democrats not only refused to consider them, but would not even allow Republicans into the meeting rooms where the bill was being crafted!!

America will survive Obama, just as it has survived disastrous presidencies before him. What we may NOT be able to survive is the growing class of totally clueless voters who would elect such a man to the highest office in our nation!

ElectroRanger
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October 02, 2013
D.G. should read the definition of socialism sometime and did you really need to put a "pox" on Lib's house because you disagree with him? You must be a joy to hang out with .
Omar the Beggar
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October 01, 2013
You know, I know a few guys that survived Viet-Nam and a few that made it through the Great Depression, but over the last few years this Congress has been handing the American people a lot less that the Congress of the Depression and the Vietnam War. I base this on the fact that the American people of both generations were not informed about what was going on. I know today we have more sources of information but many are not informed as to what’s there and the Politian’s feed on this miss information gap. We and that includes this writer needs to quit hearing what’s being said and start understanding what’s being said. Sound bites, that not information, that’s just noise and noise is something that hurts the ears. I know that the government is shutdown and some people say GREAT shut it down, tell those no good Washington people to go home, but let me ask you something what about those guys who survived Vietnam and the ones who came out of the Great Depression, after all they have been through do they now eat dog food or out of trash cans, that may sound extreme but it is a truth that is coming if this Congress keep this mess up.
Herrderrr
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October 01, 2013
"Air control at the Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field won’t be affected. The airport got permission from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners earlier this month to pay an outside firm to operate its control tower in case of a government shutdown."

Where'd this money come from? Why couldn't they just use it to pay the current employees? Or is this more screwy government quackery?
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