The House led Grand Obstructionist Party (aka the GOP), declared “victory” by passing a short-term government spending bill which attempts to cut funding for “Obamacare”. Senate Democrats, as well as President Obama, have already stated that any such provision will ensure that the bill will have no chance in hell of passing the Senate, much less the President’s desk. This sets up yet another party-ideology fueled battle between Republicans and Democrats. This sets up yet another potential for a federal government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner was quoted as saying, “The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare”. Fora change, Mr. Boehner is partially correct. Rational, responsible American people do not want the government to shut down. Individual opinion regarding whether or not the American people are for or against “Obamacare” varies greatly. What Mr. Boehner misses however is the ultimate point. The American people are sick and tired of dysfunctional federal “representatives” that are more concerned with their political ideologies (and re-election) than making the decisions that are in the best interest of this country.
This is the 41st attempt to undermine “Obamacare”. While I am normally a great admirer of tenacity, there comes the time when one must recognize that the brick wall they are ramming themselves into repeatedly is not going to fall. Priceless energy, time, and resources have been wasted by the Republican Tea Party’s efforts to thwart “Obamacare’s” implementation. Yet again, Congress has shirked one of its most important responsibilities. It is September 21, 2013. Fiscal year 2014 starts in 10 days. Our Congress, who is responsible for drafting the federal budget, has barely even begun to address this issue. Instead, the Republican led House spent its time drafting a half-assed continuation bill that they knew had no chance of passing the Senate. Once again the Grand Obstructionist Party has ensured the likelihood of a federal government shutdown. Once again, our elected “leaders” have failed us.
The Republican Tea Party says it’s changing its ways, yet its actions suggest otherwise. It is completely out of touch with the changes occurring in this county. Just when it seems like they can’t possibly alienate the American people any further, they find a way to do so. Such is the case with this recently proposed spending bill.
If the federal government shuts down, I will be furloughed yet again. Furloughed due to ineptness. For those that believe they won’t be adversely impacted by a federal government shutdown, think again. Who do you think will be paying our “leaders” their six-figure salaries during that shutdown (guaranteed by the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)? Your tax dollars. So much for not being impacted.