Government Shuts Down

Government Shuts Down September 30, 2013

 

When the buffalo fight in the swamp, the frogs lose.

The morons in Washington have managed to bring the government to a standstill. I don’t know if they’ll turn around and do some quick maneuver to stop the free fall or not. I do know that people I represent, people who have bills to pay and families to support, have already been given notice that their jobs are forfeit because of this.

I knew from jump street that the Affordable Care Act was a goldmine for Planned Parenthood. It was right there in the language of the bill. I am also absolutely opposed to the HHS Mandate. At the same time, I know that the President is correct when he says the economy is fragile (at best) and that the credit rating of this debtor nation is at stake. Think what happens when your credit card company raises your interest rate and multiply that by the national debt.

I haven’t written about this before now because I am conflicted.

All I know for sure is that I love this country and I believe that the people we have put in office — of both parties — are doing damage to my country. I honestly question if they care about this country or the American people. It appears that the only thing they want to do with the power we have given them is play political games, serve their various special interests and try to hype things in an unending quest for power and dominance over the other political party.

I’m going to let you good people discuss this as thoroughly as you wish. Just be kind to one another in the process. Good people can look at the same situation and come away with different ideas. That is part of our strength, because different ideas lead to better decisions.

When the buffalo fight in the swamp, the frogs lose.

In this case, the frogs are the American people.

We deserve better than this.

From The Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON—After three years of ducking crises with last-minute deals, Congress finally ran out of ways to patch over its differences. Unable to meet a midnight Monday deadline for funding the government, lawmakers allowed it to shut down.

The White House ordered federal agencies to suspend a vast array of activities shortly before midnight, after a day of frantic legislative volleying left Senate Democrats and House Republicans at an impasse over government spending and the 2010 federal health-care law. The next steps to resolve the stalemate remained unclear.

Markets that have slipped recently face a test on Tuesday morning of how they will view the developments, given that a larger deadline for Congress—over the need to raise the nation’s borrowing limit—is less than a month away.

Many federal workers reporting to their agencies Tuesday morning will undertake a half-day of shutdown preparations before more than 800,000 employees in the government’s workforce of about 2.9 million are sent home. While essential functions such as law enforcement and air-traffic control will continue, a large array of federal activities, among them Internal Revenue Service audits and surveillance for flu outbreaks, will be suspended.


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17 responses to “Government Shuts Down”

  1. How did voting to keep the government running become an opportunity to undo previously passed legislation that was also approved by the Supreme Court?

    That was never on the table. The republicans put it on the table themselves.

  2. I can tell you that it is looking like Hell here across the ocean. While the media have done a good job of blaming the whole thing on the Evil Republicans, nonetheless people are bewildered at the sheer sense of drift and helplessness. Bewildered and vaguely afraid, because we rely on the United States for our own security.

  3. From an acquaintance:

    “As most of you know, I am a federal civil servant and a single mom.
    Effective Tuesday, I, along with 97% of my Agency will be sent home
    indefinitely without pay. Due to procurement laws, I cannot seek other
    employment, and I cannot apply for federal aid. I am ready, willing,
    and able to work. I love my job (SO MUCH!), and I want to work.
    Depending on the length of the shutdown, leave without pay can and will
    have devastating financial consequences for me. How long could your
    family go without pay?”

    This is evil.

  4. Do you think that the Senate should have allowed the House to hold the government hostage to assert the will of the Tea Party on the entire country?

  5. Fabio, I suspected as much. The current situation makes me feel ashamed at our government’s ineptitude and stupidity. I also feel frustrated and angry because there is nothing I can do to make the clowns in Washington act responsibly. The whole thing sickens me.

  6. As far as I’m concerned, I’d be ecstatic if the federal government never started back up again. I’d rather have a federal government 0% as big as the Founders intended than one that is 9999% bigger than they intended.

    The human toll, as mentioned by Jennifer below, is the only thing that makes me sad about the shutdown.

    Our country is getting to see what a bunch of incompetent fools is governing us. I don’t really blame the GOP for using all of their power to try to stop Obamacare from ruining us financially, but since they ruin us financially only slightly less when they are in office, it rings pretty hollow.

  7. Seriously, Bill? Bickering over the budget (or rather, “budget”) has always and will always be a legitimate opportunity to apply political pressure. It’s all part of the system. There is nothing new here at all, other than the intransigence of both parties to compromise one bit…and even that is probably not as unprecedented as it’s made out to be.

  8. I honestly don’t know if Obamacare is the answer to this country’s problem with health care but I do know that there are HUGE problems with the current system.

    There are people without insurance that have cancer that do not get the same life saving treatments as people with insurance. One drug can cost $25K every three weeks. The uninsured people do not have access to those drugs.

    Why is it okay for some to have access to every single thing they need during a serious medical crisis like cancer but not other people because they don’t have the money for insurance?

    To say that people do not lack health care is incorrect. Bitch all you want about Obamacare but don’t think that we are all set in this country with health care.

  9. Compromises to the immediate “crisis” were on the. These included getting rid or at least delaying the individual mandate, and a few other things, in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and thereby funding O-care. Is that a good compromise? I have no idea, and frankly that was not my point.

    My point was only that it is at best naive and at worst duplicitous to accuse the Republicans of some sort of constitutional shenanigans, when all they are doing is using the constitutional power they have (it’s limited right now because they own only a majority in one house) to get what they (and ideally their constituents want). Both sides do this. It’s how the system functions. It’s how it’s supposed to function. That’s all I’m saying.

    You are correct that the Dems have drawn their line in the sand with O-care. They are going to push for it no matter what the polls say. If the polls were more in their favor, even the eeeeevil Tea PArty would not be able to apply as much pressure as they have. It is every bit as much the Dems intransigence in the matter—drawing the line in the sand, as you have said—as the republicans.

    In other words, you are basically saying what I said: a high degree of mutual intransigence is *perhaps* the only thing unusual about the “negotiations” on this issue.

  10. Yes, Rebecca—morons indeed! As I mentioned on another one of your posts yesterday—those that folks elected to “represent” them are children with ONLY their own interests at heart—not that of the folks they are supposed to represent. How does shutting down the government HELP anyone?? It ONLY hurts everyone.

  11. I was against the shutdown until Obama told me why it was necessary- because he thinks separation of powers is blackmail.

    He’s right. It is. And it is a necessary blackmail for the government to function.