Sunday, October 6, 2013

Government Shutdown

Ok, so we're one week into the US Government "Shutdown."

  • The CDC is closed, which is disconcerting when you realize that they just got done tracking the epicenter of a measles outbreak in Texas.
  • The FDA is severely reduced, listing only 3 current activities. 
  • The USDA is completely closed. Which also runs SNAP (food stamps), and WIC, a low income women with children food voucher program.

And that just scratches the tip of it.

Furloughed government employees aren't getting paid, although the House did pass a bill that would allow for retroactive payment of furloughed employees.

Here is a US News article detailing some more of the ripple effects that aren't obvious.
Here is a Wall Street Journal article listing that many defense contractors will be furloughing employees come Monday.

This whole situation is one-half of the House of Representatives deciding they don't like one law, the ACA "Obamacare", and that damaging the country to make a point is more important than admitting they lost that battle. The ACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010, which means a form of it made it through the House, through the Senate, and to the President. A challenge to Congresses ability to pass this law was brought before the Supreme court as National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. The Supreme Court upheld Congresses ability to write the ACA, and thus it's Constitutionality and legality on June 28, 2012.

Thus, this behaviour is pure posturing and is frankly disgraceful coming from a governing body.

Congress, as a constituent, I'm requesting that you get your shit together and reopen the government. kthxbai

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