Well, the furlough is here to stay it appears, as no progress on a clean CR has reached the Senate yet. My wife and I keep busy locally, as long distance traveling or camping is not feasible if by some miracle Congress passes the budget and the workplace reopens. Until then we'll keep encouraging our rep and Senators (R-KS) to get to work!
Each time we go through this gyration it costs the taxpayers billions (a couple) of dollars.
Most of federal government was temporary shut down.
I would agree with you in general, however, the Republicans in the Senate have perverted the rules so that everything needs a super-majority. The 60th vote in the Senate for ObamaCare (years ago when it passed) was the good Senator from Nebraska. His price, oh yes, it was good old-fashioned extortion, was that the Federal government picked up all of Nebraska's share of Medicare premiums like, forever.
I would disagree that MSNBC is in any way comparable to Fox News. MSNBC has professional standards and Fox is a bunch of Nazi's. That is not just because I lean to the left. You don't see MSNBC broadcasters browbeating their guests saying "I'm in charge! I'll ask the questions here!" At MSNBC, the lesbians know they have to stay up till 9pm to see Rachel Maddow.
I will say that after the Boston Terrorism incident ALL networks got the THE WORD to go easy and provide "soft, soothing entertainment to the masses" so we could all have nice, solid bowel movements while we sheltered in place. Even Rachel Maddow played the same clip of cute young marathon girls in skimpy halter tops over and over again while she giggled lasciviously.
Well, I'm getting off-track here. You're right Parkas, they're all to blame. From radical right-winger Ted Cruz to Independent socialist Bernie Sanders.
(All right, I'm outta here, no more rants this week!)
Let's be honest, people. As long as slanted and skewed media outlets like Fox News, MSNBC, and the rest continue to twist and contort the facts to suit their personal agendas, the American people who remain glued to their television sets each and every night won't have the slightest clue as to what's really going on. They'll be told by the talking heads that everything's okay and that the government will play together nicely while honest, hard-working people continue to struggle to make ends meet while trying to figure out how to put food on the table and pay their bills at the same time.
The truth is that it's all our Congress(wo)men and Senators' fault for the shutdown, not just the Republicans. Sure, the Tea Baggers have been continually throwing gears into the machinery since the first knuckle-dragger got elected into office, but it's the responsibility of BOTH parties to keep things running smoothly regardless. I'm tired of the finger-pointing; I just hope the right people in the right positions take the time to remind the American public of what Congress and the House have done to this country: hold a gun to its head and hold it hostage.
Republicans are to blame. Their maddening, sheep-like bleating that this is the fault of the Obama Administration because the people are against ObamaCare (The Affordable Care Act). The latest poll (1 week ago) shows that 50% of the people DO NOT want to defund the President's signature health care act while 38% are in favor of eliminating government funds for it. 12% remain unsure.
This shows that the Republicans on the extreme right have completely lost touch with reality. They are committing political suicide when everybody in their districts finally realizes they are a bunch of loonies who don't want people treated with pre-existing conditions or have insurance without lifetime caps (Oh, I'm sorry Mrs. Smith, little Jimmy has already used up his $100,000 in lifetime benefits and our company will no longer cover his totally curable cancer care.)
Now the Republicans are threatening not to approve a modest increase in the debt ceiling if they do not get what they want on health care. They are threatening the full faith & credit of the United States. That is, the US will not make interest payments on Treasury Bills if the debt ceiling is not raised. That will happen some time around November 1st.
The talking heads are saying that this will never happen because these are the mechanisms that force deals to happen in Washington and voices from the business world shall become very, very shrill to do something about the matter.
How real is the chance of that happening? Well, US Treasury Bonds are the #1 safest investment in the world. People from all over the world RUN to put their money in T-Bills when the shit hits the fan in their own country. There is insurance called "credit derivative swaps" (sound familiar from 2008?). Well, you used to be able to get 100k in insurance through this financial instrument for 7k. Now, the same insurance as of last week cost $40,000. That is almost a six-fold rise in the cost of insuring the safest investment in the world - a US treasury Bond with historically low yields.
When our creditors from well-off countries decide to raise interest rates through their actions or inaction's (of buying or not buying) they will not come down easily and will have drastic effects on our economy.
All because of these tea-party idiots who want to slash government spending more than it already has been, all bankrolled by billionaires like the Koch Brothers. Unbelievable.
My wife motored off to work this morning, through the fog, to receive instructions on shutting down her work station. She's not to use her "work" computer and managers are not to use their "work" cell phones, as they are property of the U.S. government. How about those Republicans refusing to back down and be a part of the game, acting with widespread futility and maybe leading us all into another real market buster??!!
The Republicans think they are preparing for the 2014 election cycle by this craziness? It costs tens of millions of dollars every time they pull this crap. Jim Boehner, the freakin' wino (not the only one in Congress) goes along with the fellas lest he lose his job. Ted Cruz seems to have already taken it from him. Mitch McConell is nowhere to be seen because his is not a mid-relief pitcher, he is a closer and will only come in to fan the last three hitters in the Senate. What crap, what hubris. No, not hubris, that is too fancy a word for what is going on here.
These people (the tea-party house members and 17 ultra-conservative senators that vote with Cruz on everything) are bent on making the Obama presidency irrelevant. Not just irrelevant, but non-functional. They are stupid, egotistical racist ideologues covered in conservative clothing.
Was there an idiot wind blowing during the last three election cycles? Must have been to have the current state of affairs. Good luck Grateful Ted (I wouldn't want to insult you by confusing you to Ted Cruz), I hope you and your wife get your paychecks and this whole threat about the debt ceiling too goes away!
If the shutdown occurs, as I suspect it will, my wife will have to drive to her workplace and prepare for unpaid leave by updating her voice mail and turning on the "out of office" email quote ... crazy ! As a federal civil service retiree, I wonder if my pension check will land in my account tomorrow... Congressional and social security pay will continue. All this hogwash just because Republicans are determined to dispose of Obamacare as well as drag their feet on the debt ceiling. I sure hope 2014 brings us candidates who are elected to act progressively, for the people, and not for some far-right party agenda.
Meanwhile, Go Tribe!!: see you in the World Series!!
The government will probably close down even as the health care exchanges open up.
More people will die of car bombings in Iraq.
The weather will be rather odd in some corner of the US due to global warming.
The Congress will seriously contemplate the new coat of paint on the debt ceiling.