Washington (CNN) - If the federal government shuts down come Friday, House Speaker John Boehner may be in for quite a mess at his Washington, D.C. residence if some Facebook users have their way.
A Facebook event, entitled "If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house," has popped up and is gaining steam as the shutdown showdown ramps up on Capitol Hill. If the federal government shuts down, one of the District's services that will stop is trash pickup.
"Speaker John Boehner is ready to shut down the government, including District of Columbia city services like trash collection," it says on the page. "Well, if he won't allow us to use OUR TAX DOLLARS to pick it up, maybe we should just BRING IT TO HIM."
As of 2:30 p.m. EST there are 1,476 attending; 126 are listed as maybe; 156 aren't showing up; and 4,652 are still making up their minds (much like Congress, apparently).
The trash-a-thon is scheduled for Saturday and apparently will last through June 30.
Organizers of the event - Jonah Goodman and Nolan Treadway - write on the page that even if the government shutdown doesn't occur, they will "move forward with this event, we'll provide details on location(s) and we'll make sure it's done in a sanitary and respectful way. Please don't list any personal addresses for members of Congress on this page."
Goodman is listed in the Democratic National Committee network. Treadway is the political and logistics director for the liberal group Netroots Nation.
House Speaker Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel did not comment to CNN on the group. But he said that "The Speaker has made clear that he wants to cut spending and keep the government open. The House will pass yet another bill to that this afternoon. If the government does shut down, these folks should focus their ire on the Democrats who are actively rooting for a government shutdown, hoping for partisan gain."
Reaction on the page is, like Washington, all over the place.
Amy Lysander: "Do you plan on trashing the yards of the Democrats who are actually causing a shutdown? The House passed a bill to keep the government open. Two of them, actually. The Senate hasn't. Where's Harry Reid's house?"
Diane C. Russell: "Dems controlled Congress completely for 11 months after Obama submitted FY 2011 budget, but FAILED to do their duty and REFUSED to pass any appropriations, either before or after the beginning of the fiscal year."
Brian Devine: "I'll bring some styrofoam from the Hill caf."
Darrin Morgan: "Darn! I just cleaned out my garage. Oh, well. I have some rotten fruit I can throw at the Weeper of the House."
And I'm sure that all of those secret service agents with loaded weapons who keep watch over Speaker Boehner's house and family will really let you do that. Seriously, try to grow a brain. Everyone knows that this is Obama's fault, he never passed a budget last year, let me repeat that, OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITIES IN CONGRESS NEVER PASSED A BUDGET LAST YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS THEIR FAULT IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN!!!!!
I think it dovetails nicely with the GOP "Shut 'er down" attitude. Can we have regional celebrations of National Dysfunctional-Legislators-Day? I would wait for days in line in the pouring rain to dump a bag of garbage on the front lawn of any of the Tea-Partying idiots like Bachmann, Palin, McConnell, Newt, Beck, etc...
Too bad these dolts cant see past the end of their collective noses... They dont see that when they drive to work, they drive on a raod paid for by the redistribution of wealth. They dont care that Grandma is 85 years old, and cant go back to work to pay for her meds. They dont care that shutting down some public work project is going to lay off 300 workers who put bread on their families tables through hard work. They simply dont see and dont care.
So i want to be first in line to spread a bag of kitchen scraps on Boehners lawn. Let me empty my recycle bin Michelle Bachmann's front yard. Maybe they'll open their eyes for once and see a little more than their narrow black and white ideology.
Stupid page. Since when does the federal government shutting down impact trash collection. Unless you are going to a national park, no one will even notice if the government is shut down for a few weeks. When are people going to realize that government it too big and we need to cut off the fat. Get rid of pet projects, pork, and needless waste. There is a reason why UPS and FEDEX are doing well and USPS is not. It's all about efficiencies.
Can animal control let loose a few (dozen) strays in his car, too?
The poor Weeper of the House is caught between a rock and a (tea) tard place.
I wouldn't subscribe to this. I agree with the sentament, but I would do something different like leave mounds of IOUs or fake dog doodoo.
I think you should be dumping the trash at Harry Reid's house instead. Harry Reid is the one holding up the process.
Let's do it to the whole Party of NO we Can't!!!
I "like" this.
I may add, the Republicans are doing a TERRIBLE job on PR regarding this situation. We know who's at fault on this if there is a shutdown, but the Republicans will get the blame for it because of their poor PR. Lame articles like this from liberal media will also help the Democrats win the PR game.
I think that most have forgotten that the government runs on a fiscal year that starts on 1 October and goes through the last day of September. Even though I think all are to blame, did not the democrats have the WH, House and Senate until January 2011? Budgets are started months before they are due, so what happen, that would have been an ease pass for us.
Congress only has a few mandates and a budget on time for the year to start is one of those required.
good job for John Boehner
Typical dem. What he doesn't say is that this mess is caused by the Democratically controlled House, Senate and White House not presenting a budget last year.
Now, democrats are fighting against cuts that are equivalent to 5% of the total budget. That is like a family fight over not buying a pack of cigarettes during a grocery shopping trip, with the dems asking to throw out the groceries unless they get their smokes.
Democrats are also fighting to reduce Crime Victims Assistance programs rather then cutting subsidies for wind power (guess this must be another gift to GE from Obama).
Democrats are PATHETIC.
If the federal government shuts down, one of the District's services that will stop is trash pickup
WOW!!! I guess the health of the residents of D.C. is NOT considered an essential service.
Has anyone seen the size of the RATS and COCKROACHES (I'm not just referring to the politicians either!) roaming the streets of D.C. during warm weather? A government shutdown should definitely improve that situation. NOT!
I can see it now, little kids playing in the streets( because their Headstart and after-school programs have been shut down)
playing hide and seek amidst the piling garbage and competing for sidewalk space with the Hefty bags and the RATS!!!
I'm on my way to a landfill as we speak Bonehead!!!
GO FOR IT! Enough of this crap! Old, above average income white guys (Tea Partiers) want to dictate the future for young Americans. When they were young, they got all the benefits to put them hwere thye are today, yet want nothing for the next generation. they want the debt gone- RAISE TAXES TO REASONALBE LEVELS! No more benefits for sitting on your ass and making money on the stock market and then bitching about paying a few dollars. FYI- I'm an old white guy!
I guess if the dems didn't fill the budget with trash we would all be happy.
This is a wonderful idea. We should all dump our trash at the offices and homes of these corrupt Republican politicians.
I don't think it was the Democrats who were cheering yesterday at the possibility of a government shutdown. Get the facts straight Boehner is too afraid of the tea party faction to think for himself or about the people who elected him to do THEIR WILL not blindly follow the republican (corporate) agenda
I love this....Weeper of the House is now the new trash man! Perfect match.
If Boehmer could tell plain trash from his TeaParty trash, would he be doing this? Watching the maneuvers of both parties, I have to say that the Republicans are very much the more dishonest and dishonorable of the bunch in this mess. They have no intention of coming up with viable solutions, but are cynically exploiting the stupidity of their supporters by PRETENDING to want spending controls. Where was this frugality in the 8 years of the Dubyan Empire? Boehner is just the chief crook.
To: Diane C. Russell who made a comment in the article about President Obama and the Dems not passing a budge back in Feb., 2010 for FY 2011. (sure hope you are reading this comment) Listen here, you fox lover, if the damn republicans would stop filibustering and being the party of "NO", maybe a got damn budget would have passed by the Dems. So don't come with that bull$shit about the Dems failed to do their job. They were doing their job but your party of GreedyOldPanhandlers wouldn't have it because they didn't like it. You damn people just don't get it. The number #1 frickin goal of the GOP is to see President Obama fail and become a 1-term president. When will you jackazzes know, understand, and realize that. How many times does it have to be drummed into your frickin heads. The GOP doesn't care about anything or anyone but themselves and the very rich and to make sure their #1 goal is accomplished.
Michael Steel, Boehner spokesperson...well, well, well. Steel lying his azz off saying the Dems was rooting for a shutdown. That's a bunch of bull$shit and he knows it. It's HIS party that wants a shutdown and HIS party who applauded when Boehner went back to them with the news on Tuesday of a shutdown. Those new folks that was elected back in Nov., 2010, you know, the teaparty crew, well they don't have a frickin clue of what a shutdown would do but yet in all they are applauding on one and chanting for one because that's all they know how to do....scream and yell. What a bunch of ignorant and clueless azz people. They definitely will deserve their fate when their little world comes tumbling down around them.
The Dems have agreed to what Boner compaigned on and now the Baggers are insisting on some impossible amount. Either way, cut Congresses water, trash, police services (this is what Baggers want: no government), paved roads, etc. The baggers are killing themselves and the Repgnants with their radical right agenda. Election years are a bad time to be so radical. I'm hoping they drop the Presidency right in our lap – like McCain's lack of backgound check on Failin did last time. Go Baggers!!! Make our job that much easier!!
The Speaker is a puppet of the radical right-wing who choose to destroy our government rather than fix our problems. I will sacrifice money and time toward defeat of the Republicans for the 2012 election.
Typical democrat stunt. If they don't get their way they act like spoiled little kids(see: Wisconsin). No wonder people are abandoning the democrat party in droves(except for the freeloaders).
Funniest thing I have heard all day. I'm sure the WEEPER/PEEPER will really bawl.