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MULLINGS/Lockouts

Rich Galen
By Rich Galen
Posted on Aug 24,2011
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,
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Photo by Pete Souza/The White House<br /> <br />President Obama makes his way into Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, July 1, 2011. <br />
Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
President Obama makes his way into Marine One on the South Lawn of the
White House, July 1, 2011.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Every time I turn around someone is locking out someone; someone is threatening to lockout someone; and there is a deadline looming.
 
There is always a deadline looming.
 
Strictly speaking the debt limit debate wasn't a looming lockout, but if a deal wasn't reached, and the debt ceiling deadline was reached then President Barack Obama warned he would refuse to pay active duty soldiers or issue Social Security checks.
 
As a positive side, every reporter, columnist, pundit, and cartoonist in the nation has learned how to spell "catastrophe" which is not, as I believed until I was about 42, pronounced CAT-uh-strofe.
 
 "Penelope," I have recently discovered, is not pronounced PEN-uh-lope, either.
 
For some reason, I have never been confused by the word "apostrophe." AP-uh-strophe is just silly. 
 
The National Football League owners locked out the players right after the Super Bowl last winter to re-do what is known as the CBA - the collective bargaining agreement.
 
I have no idea what the owners wanted to get; and I have no idea what the players have been trying to protect, but I've never understood the difference between what a defensive safety does and the role of a cornerback.

The deadline was looming for the opening of team training camps, free agency moves, signing draft picks, and preparing to actually play the games so the players and the owners appear to have come to a basic agreement just as players and coaches are supposed to report to camp.
 
The owners of National Basketball Association teams, not to be left out, have locked out their players to get more of whatever it is they want while the players are struggling to keep as much as they can of whatever it is they have.
 
The 2011-2012 NBA season isn't scheduled to start until November 1, so the deadline is far from looming so don't expect much news or much movement.
 
The final lockout is the state of Minnesota which has been closed for about three weeks because the DEMOCRATIC Governor and the Republican-controlled legislature couldn't agree on a budget.
 
The Legislature passed the requisite bills, but the Governor wouldn't sign them so most state employees were locked out of their offices and massive hardships - like Miller Beer had to be removed from stores because the company didn't renew its license before the shut-down - ensued.
 
The Governor and the Legislature have kissed and made up and gears of government in Minnesota are beginning to turn once again allowing state workers to go back to work and get Miller Beer back on store shelves where it belongs.
 
U.S. Government, NFL, NBA, Minnesota all locking out and all looking bad.



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