Americans are being terrorized by its leaders. The GOP shutdown of the government is affecting millions. The Central issue is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) nicked name “ObamaCare” signed into law in 2010. The Affordable Care Act is largely based on a successful heath care law in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority health care law was signed into law by Governor Mitt Romney in 2006.
According to Think Progress org. The house Republicans have Collectively voted repeal Obamacare over 7000 times.
The House Republicans’ approach to Obamacare continues to typify the current “golden age” of dysfunction in Washington. Since gaining control of the House in 2011, Speaker John Boehner has presided over 40 separate votes that would do everything from fully repealing the law, to prohibiting the IRS from funding it, to delaying pieces of it. The New York Times recently estimated that the House has spent an astonishing 15 percent of all of its time on the floor focused on repeal — a span that amounts to over $17 million of Republican members’ salaries since 2011, based on numbers from the Congressional Research Service.
Why is the Government so Dysfunctional ?
What is Gerrymandering?
The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of public opinion.
Unlike members of the Senate members who are elected by citizens of the state. Members of the house are elected by the majorities in these carefully line districts. The controlling party often determines how the lines are drawn.
What can done to eliminate Gerrymandering?
In California and other states have an initiative progress. If their is public outrage you may get support from your Senator. However, it will only happen if there is outrage, as both parties participate in one form or another of Gerrymandering.
John Nichols of the Nations has Three Strategies (click the link below)
The Giant Trickle Down
In addition to the million or so government workers. There are more than a million government contractors who are not being paid. Which means they cant pay their employees. The employees who have reduced their shopping, resulting in few hours for merchants and their employees. Effecting, retail, restaurants, child care workers, and ……….
Cities where the government has a large presence have especially hit hard.
The Debt Ceiling
What is it?
- On May 19, total US debt reached $16.7 trillion, the maximum currently allowed by law.
- The Treasury Department has been playing various games since then to continue paying all our bills while still technically remaining under the debt limit, but within a few days they’ll run out of tricks and the government will no longer be allowed to spend more money than it takes in.
- These Treasury tricks are very much not business as usual, and the fact that we’ve been reduced to these kinds of shell games means that normal governance is already dangerously crippled.
- The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in FY2014 (which runs from October 2013 through September 2014), total federal income will be $3,042 billion and total spending will be $3,602 billion, a difference of $560 billion.
- This is the amount of debt we need to issue to pay for everything in the budget, which means that if the debt limit isn’t raised, we need to immediately cut spending by $560 billion, or $46 billion per month.
- That’s roughly the equivalent of wiping out the entire Defense Department; or wiping out two-thirds of Social Security; or wiping out all of Medicaid + all unemployment insurance + all food assistance + all veterans’ benefits.
- What’s worse, because the government’s computers are programmed to simply pay bills in the order they’re received, it’s not clear if the Treasury can specify which bills get paid and which don’t.
- This raises the additional risk that interest on treasury bonds might not get paid—something that would put US debt in default and could be disastrous in a global economy that depends on US bonds being rock solid.
- So those are our choices if Congress fails to raise the debt limit: either we suddenly stop paying for critical programs that people depend on, or we default on US treasury bonds—or both.
- The former would immiserate millions of people and probably produce a second Great Recession, while the latter would likely devastate the global economy.
The Debt Ceiling Explained in 10 Short Sentences/ mother Jones,
Some Members of the GOP say’s Debt Limit Breach no big Deal
Everyone agrees that the nation is coming up against the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. The debate is over when that will happen, and what comes next.
Republican lawmakers are voicing increasing skepticism about dire warnings that failing to raise the debt ceiling would result in catastrophic default.
“I would dispel the rumor that is going around that you hear on every newscast, that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we will default on our debt,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Monday on CBS This Morning. “We won’t. We’ll continue to pay our interest.”
Coburn and other Republicans argue that the Treasury Department could prioritize interest payments while delaying others. The House has passed a bill requiring the Treasury to do just that.
“I think one of the things that’s been so disturbing about this period is that you’ve actually had the House leadership pass proposals to implement how you would do prioritization, as if that would be an acceptable solution. It is not acceptable. Prioritization is default by another name,” said Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, at a Politico breakfast Monday. He said President Obama prefers a long-term raise in the $16.7 trillion debt limit, but did not rule out support for a short-term increase.
Gregory Korte and Susan Davis, USA TODAY
America’s Rage and What you can do?
Put on Your Walking Shoes
There are many Veterans Groups who are protesting nationwide. The protests are growing by the day. As of today, these protest have expanded to over 70 cities. Some politicians notably Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have tried to co-op these protest. These protest are gaining traction and the politicians and the media are taking notice. If there is a protest in your city join them. There is still old fashion power in numbers.
The Social Media
From Facebook to Tumblr there are hundred of sub groups forming. Within a few of these groups is contact information, some of these sub groups are organizing and contacting politicians as a bloc.
If your on Facebook or Four Square, Google Plus or other click the group menu.
If you live in one of those Gerrymandered districts and your not a member of the choir, its very important your voice or voices be heard. Contact your representative and copy the Democratic or Republican Headquarters.
We live in a time where people will wait in line for hours for the newest phone. We are in crises, complacency is the enemy.