The sticking point between Republicans and Democrats is the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare). The House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans want to include provisions in the federal budget that will defund Obamacare, essentially killing President Obama’s biggest accomplishment. The Democrat controlled Senate refuses to pass the same bill.
My political views are generally moderate, leaning towards the conservative end of the spectrum. I do not think Obamacare is the answer to national healthcare reform.
But shutting down the government over it is absolute crap.
Republicans continue to argue various points about why they want to defund Obamacare as part of the federal budget package, but in reality they’ve already lost that fight. They’ve forced dozens of votes to repeal Obamacare and lost each time. The Supreme Court has ruled against the notion that it’s unconstitutional. With this latest attempt to repeal the program they are holding the entire nation hostage, and hurting thousands of government workers in the process.
During election time, it seemed both parties tried to outdo each other to prove just how much they wanted to help the middle class. I would bet that the vast majority of the people that got sent home from work yesterday fall into that category. If the members of Congress actually knew anything about the middle class, they would understand that they are throwing many families into financial crisis by taking away their job for even the smallest amount of time.
That emphasizes just how out of touch with the average American they really are.
Members of Congress, meanwhile, continue to get paid. I’ve heard some members of congress will donate their paychecks to charity while the government is shut down. That’s a great gesture, but it’s easy to give away money when you are well off enough to have the reserves and means to survive not getting your paycheck from the government.
Each party blames the other for the government shut down, which is the thing about this situation that makes my blood boil the most. The situation should have never been allowed to escalate to this point. Congress was at the exact same impasse at the end of 2012. In January, Congress voted to extend the debt ceiling and push the battle further into 2013. Since then, no progress has occurred, Congress just waiting for the situation to become a crisis again.
To illustrate the lack of urgency our members of Congress have shown with thousands of people’s livelihood at stake, consider this: With a passed bill from the House of Representatives sent to them late Saturday, the Senate took Sunday completely off. On Monday evening, with a shutdown just hours away, House leaders called for a conference committee to meet and hammer out differences. A call that Senate leaders refused.
They have failed to create and pass a budget in 9 months. They have debated and voted on countless other bills, but failed to resolve their differences and pass a bill that is fundamental to the running of our country.
Could you run your household without a budget for 9 months?
Do the members of Congress realize how silly they look?
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