In a few hours, barring some last minute breakthrough, the America Government will shut down.
And to those of you who are cheering for this situation, let me just say, you’re wrong.
From President Obama’s remarks last night.
I want to reiterate to people why this is so important. We’re now less than 30 hours away from the government shutting down. That means, first of all, 800,000 families — our neighbors, our friends, who are working hard all across the country in a whole variety of functions — they suddenly are not allowed to come to work. It also means that they’re not getting a paycheck. That obviously has a tremendous impact.
You then have millions more people who end up being impacted because they’re not getting the services from the federal government that are important to them. So small businesses aren’t seeing their loans processed. Folks who want to get a mortgage through the FHA may not be able to get it, and obviously that’s not good as weak as this housing market is. You’ve got people who are trying to get a passport for a trip that they’ve been planning for a long time — they may not be able to do that. So millions more people will be significantly inconvenienced; in some ways, they may end up actually seeing money lost or opportunities lost because of a government shutdown.
And then finally, there’s going to be an effect on the economy overall. Earlier today one of our nation’s top economists said — and I’m quoting here — “The economic damage from a government shutdown would mount very quickly. And the longer it dragged on, the greater the odds of a renewed recession.”
We’ve been working very hard over the last two years to get this economy back on its feet. We’ve now seen 13 months of job growth; a hundred — 1.8 million new jobs. We had the best report, jobs report, that we’d seen in a very long time just this past Friday. For us to go backwards because Washington couldn’t get its act together is unacceptable.
The words are typical Obama. Calm, even handed. Refusing to take sides. Trying to look like the lone grown up in a room of sugar crazed kindergartners armed with hammers and cow feces.
Meanwhile, if you’re curious about why your tax refund might be late this year, it’s because the GOP doesn’t like people with vaginas…
WASHINGTON — The United States government is on the verge of shutting down over a dispute about subsidized pap smears, according to sources familiar with the budget negotiations.
The White House and Senate Democrats have publicly capitulated to ever-increasing Republican demands for spending cuts, but negotiations over the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year have shifted their focus from money to so-called riders — provisions that restrict the federal government from spending money on certain projects or entities.
Riders are used by members of Congress to make social policy without going through the regular congressional committee process, or they are used to benefit business interests by specifically blocking the government from spending money to write or enforce certain regulations.
At a late-night White House meeting between the president and key congressional leaders, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made clear that his conference would not approve funding for the government if any money were allowed to flow to Planned Parenthood through legislation known as Title X. “This comes down to women’s health issues related to Title X,” a person in the meeting told HuffPost.
And as if to drive home the ugliness of this situation…
The negotiations are dominated by men: All of the principal negotiators in both parties are male, as are most of the senior staff involved. (House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have largely been left out of key talks.)
This is the hill the GOP is prepared to die on. In the name of being pro-life, (Whatever the fuck that means at this point.) they are prepared shut down the Government to keep low income women from a legal medical procedure, not to mention pre-natal care and pap smears.
I’ll say this again. Anyone who dares to tell me there is no difference between the parties is going to get a freshly baked punch in the taint from me.
If there is any up side to this situation, (The downside, of course, will be our growing resemblance to Somalia.) that maybe, just maybe, the American electric will finally realize that the Republican Party in it’s current form cannot be trusted to run things and are finally marginalized out of power in 2012.
This is assuming, of course, that we’re still functioning well enough to have elections.
Just a reminder, if you have a Republican Representative, now would be a good time to call them and let them no that you don’t want a shut down. The House Switchboard numbers are (202) 224-3121 | TTY: (202) 225-1904.