Government Shutdown Looming…Again

At the White House 10

At the White House 10 (Photo credit: afagen)

At midnight on September 30th the U.S. government will once again be on the brink of a government shutdown.  Looming deadlines of default have become commonplace for today’s politicians.  An über-partisan, political climate has created an environment of animosity, redundancy and more importantly inadequacy.  While government shutdowns aren’t new (since 1976, there have been 17 separate government shutdowns per The Washington Post) they are certainly a byproduct of an inability to realize the circumstances and challenges of this country.  It is a byproduct of meagerness amongst politicians.

While the U.S. government continues to fall from grace into an economic abyss, House GOP members, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), focus their efforts on defunding the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare).  They refuse to fund the government, by increasing the debt limit, if at the least Obamacare isn’t delayed for one year.  They believe the law is so egregious and catastrophic to our economy they are willing to single-handily hamper a meager recovery for their personal gains.

In addition, the House of Representatives narrowly approved vast reductions to the food stamp program on Thursday.  Their goal they say is to “reduce a growing dependence on government programs.”  Interestingly enough at no point have I ever read Congress or any politician for that matter think of reducing their dependence on the U.S. government.  While their entitlements remain safeguarded from alterations, they continue to slash the assistance needed by thousands of individuals.  Regardless of each looming calamity, they continue to take their bountiful vacations.

The GOP’s obsession with Obamacare is literally pathetic and unbehooving of U.S. politicians.  Is the law perfect? NO.  But regardless of their opinions it is still the law, especially after the Supreme Court upheld it.  Personally while I think there are some areas I would alter (individual mandate, small businesses of 50 employees or more forced to provide healthcare) I do not advocate for a full repeal of the law.  There are many areas that were desperately needed (such as the pre-existing provision).

Official portrait of United States House Speak...

Official portrait of United States House Speaker (R-Ohio). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Threatening a government shutdown based on one’s ignorance to reality and blatant and foolish stubbornness is preposterous.  Our politicians might think this childish bickering is okay but I certainly don’t.  This is not a game.  The government cannot continue to threaten thousands of people of furlough.  Irate doesn’t even begin to describe my thoughts over this dumb predicament.

If our government officials continue to fail to execute their duties, then by all means they should resign.  There are many Americans who need a job.  The House GOP might think they are making a point in this debate.  Their ignorance to reality is why they’ve lost the past two presidential elections.  If the government is “shutdown” President Obama will not be blamed.  The House GOP will be blamed.  As well as they should be.  The GOP will never, and I mean never, regain any credibility if it continues to lead with narrow-minded thinking and selfishness.

The fact Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has stated the government will subsequently default on its loans on October 18th is what is more disconcerting.  How is it socially and morally acceptable for politicians to maneuver this country in such a quandary?  The House GOP must act NOW on ensuring the government continues to be funded.  They should give up on their obsession with defunding Obamacare.  It will never happen.  It’s like the U.S. economy is a sinking boat and as we gulp in water and slowly sink to the abyss the House GOP which own the lifeboats decry they will only save us it Obamacare is defunded.  Someone surely needs to get their priorities in order.

I don’t think this is funny.

I don’t think Americans think this is funny.

You’ve lost the argument with your absurd obsession. 

Whoever is in charge of political strategy for the GOP is an idiot.  Continue to play the role of obstructionists and they will lose the debate each and every time.

I hope they realize this simple truth.

What do you think?

Are the House GOP tactics warranted?

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Twitter: @adrakontaidis & @talkrealdebate

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11 responses to “Government Shutdown Looming…Again”

  1. mariampera says :

    Lol I just wrote a really long comment and it didn’t post because I accidentally refreshed my screen. Oh jeez, basically I agree 100%. Also tired of hearing the GOP try to turn this and say democrats want the government shut down because it makes the GOP look bad. As if they need help. Don’t complain that your political opponents are capitalizing on you shooting yourself in the foot again, and again.

  2. JF Owen says :

    Great post and spot on with most of your comments. The GOP–my party of choice for almost forty years –is totally hamstrung by the Tea Party folks and other ultra-right wing conservatives. Boehner isn’t an idiot, he knows this is a no win scenario. He’s just backed into a corner by the right wing and doesn’t have the nads to stand up to them.

    The only part I’d suggest you investigate concerns your comments on the Affordable Health Care Act. The reality is, if you want the popular things you like–no pre-existing conditions, children covered until they’re 26, subsidies for low income families, etc– then the individual mandate and coverage by employers with more than 50 employees are essential. If you don’t have those requirements then the popular parts of the act will be unaffordable and the system will crash.

    Remember, this act is essentially the Republican proposal from 1994 which the GOP put on the table as an alternative to Hillary Clinton’s much more invasive and inclusive Health Care initiative. We liked it then, Romney liked it in Massachusetts, Obama embraced it and then the GOP went ballistic because it was a Democrat that got it passed into law.

    Gotta love partisanship.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      My biggest problem with the act is the individual mandate. I don’t like the government forcing Americans to procure any service. If I don’t want health insurance then I shouldn’t be fined. But I admittedly I’m not terribly conversed with the minutia of the act. Nor do I think many of our politicians.

      Why does the mandate have to exist? Can’t there be some alteration to that? I know you are more well versed on the subject.

      • JF Owen says :

        Insurance of any type is a game of numbers. If the only people who got auto insurance were the ones who had speeding tickets, recent accidents or muscle cars, the insurance companies wouldn’t be writing auto policies very long. They wouldn’t be able to make a profit and if you can’t make a profit, why stay in business. That’s one of the reasons why every state requires drivers to carry insurance. There are certainly other reasons, but allowing insurance companies to make money by spreading the risk is a big one.

        Health insurance is no different. For those of us who get our insurance through our jobs, being insured is a no brainer. Our employers often, if not usually, pick up the lion’s share of the cost. When people have to shoulder the bulk of the cost on their own, the dynamics change.

        Young people, single people and couples without families and others who don’t see an immediate need for health insurance tend to play the odds. They say, for example, “I’m thirty years old and don’t have any health problems. Why should I pluck down my money for health insurance?”

        Here’s the problem; the demographics have to be balanced. If older people, people with pre-existing conditions, families with children and other heavy medical insurance users aren’t balanced out by people who aren’t going to use a lot of services, one of two things will happen; either insurance rates will go ballistic or insurance companies will drop out of the business. Neither of those work well if the end goal is to cover everyone and do it at a reasonable cost.

        Human nature is the issue here. People don’t like to pay for something that they don’t think they need. I get that; I don’t like it either. But having an individual mandate is the only way to ensure that insurance companies will agree to play in the game and that the premiums they charge are affordable.

        There’s another reason for the mandate. All those people who say I don’t need insurance are really just saying I don’t need it right now because I’m healthy. The truth that they ignore is that, sooner or later, everyone gets sick or gets hurt. Let’s say I don’t get insurance because I’m healthy as an ox and don’t see the need. Suddenly. I start dropping weight and feeling weak and go to a doctor. The doctor finds out I have liver cancer and need chemo-therapy, radiation and probably a transplant to survive. Now, all of a sudden, I see the need. So, because of the Affordable Health Care Act, I go get insurance because they can’t turn me down based on a pre-existing condition. Whatever insurance company I just signed up with just assumed a half-million dollar liability and, if a bunch of healthy folks don’t sign up with me, that company isn’t going to stay in business very long.

        The alternative is to go back to the way it was. That being, the healthy person waits until a problem crops up, goes to the emergency room, gets care for free because hospitals can’t turn him away and then refuses to pay the bill. The hospital sues, gets nothing because he declares bankruptcy, raises their rates to cover the loss and then you, I and our insurance companies end up paying for his medical care anyway.

        We live in a convoluted interconnected world. The simplest solution would be a true universal health care system, but we’re decades away from that happening in the United States, if ever.

        We like to tout the level of care we have in the United States and it’s true that the care available is cutting edge, if you can afford it. Forty-seven million of us have no insurance and don’t have a prayer of affording it. Many tens of millions others have some insurance but their policies are inadequate for anything other than minimal care. Tens of millions more have decent policies but don’t get care because they can’t afford to pay the deductibles or co-pays.

        The GOP makes noise about “death panels”, rationing, loss of personal choice and all the other scary, unsupported negative aspects of the AHCA. The truth is the ones who make the most noise are the ones who have excellent health coverage now. What they are really saying is “As long as I have good health care I really don’t care whether you do too.” I think we’re better than that.

        Obamacare isn’t the final answer, but it’s a start.

        Sorry for the diatribe. 🙂

      • realtalkrealdebate says :

        Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond.

        First, I don’t mind the diatribe. If anything I look forward to it, especially from you who I know is very opinionated when it comes to health care.

        As usual, you make some really great points. I agree with you that the individual mandate, as much to my distaste, is essential for Obamacare to work. I simply have a fundamental objection to being ordered to procure a service. Many people argue that it is similar to auto insurance. I think there is a key difference. Not everyone has a car. You can easily decide not to purchase a car and get insurance. You have no choice in this instance.

        I also agree that while not perfect, Obamacare is in the right direction.

        I think over time I’ll probably soften to the idea, because hopefully the health care plan will be adequately working.

    • mariampera says :

      Exactly!!! Good indicator for who the GOP actually is compared to a decade ago. I could kiss you for saying it so true–the good things need to be paid for, which they are responsibly and legally, in this act.

  3. JF Owen says :

    Wow, if I’d have known forty years ago that ten minutes of typing could get me a kiss, I could have saved a ton of money that I spent of flowers and restaurants. 🙂 Have a nice day Mariam!

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