When irresponsible pols grasp at fig leaves

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By Hal Rhodes

As this column is being written, nearly 1,100 civilian employees at Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base are furloughed from their jobs.
The national labs are poised to shut down, and 400 workers at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo are without their jobs.
More than 750 Bureau of Land Management employees statewide have been sent home, leaving the fate of pending oil and gas leases on hold.
Forbes ranks Albuquerque among the nation’s Top 10 “most at-risk cities” because of the government shutdown.
The Huffington Post cites New Mexico one of the 10 states “most impacted” by shutdown.
All Small Business Administration offices in the state are closed, thereby grinding to a halt New Mexico small business loans that either were or might have been in the pipeline.
Yet United States House Speaker John Boehner has steadfastly refused to let members of that body vote on a clean, uncluttered and straight-forward measure that would reopen the nation’s government. Meanwhile the clock is ticking on prospects that the United States will default on its debts this week — Thursday — unless the Republican Speaker permits members of the House to raise the debt level.

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