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The debate over raising the debt ceiling is being held hostage with the new Health Care law hanging in the balance. All of this is making Washington seem more like the O.K. Corral poised for a showdown rather than our nation’s capital. The majority of the Republican Party is dead set on standing their ground against affordable Health Care for the American public, and they’re willing to completely shut down the government if they don’t get what they want. What they want isn’t exactly clear, as a large contingent within the Republican Party has long since argued for a “shutdown” some even campaigning on the notion. Last week’s news featured an exhausted Ted Cruz who joined the ranks of Senator Strom Thurmond in his quest for filibuster fame standing some 21 hours before yielding the floor. This was an impressive physical feat to be sure; one that at face value seems to adhere to the very core of democratic principles. Ted Cruz, unlike his tea party counterpart, Rand Paul, who also recently hosted his own filibuster, failed to stay on a direct narrative. During the agonizingly long filibuster, Sen. Cruz read “green eggs and ham” as a bed time story to his children, a book written by staunch former liberal cartoonist Dr. Seuss. He also stacked the event with derisive stories about his father’s immigration from Cuba that had little to do with the topic. He even handed over control of his personal twitter, sometimes tweeting the narrative of his speech moments before he actually spoke the words. All of this being said, very little was said about “Obama Care”, and perhaps that was the point. You see the filibuster or the now manifested shutdown have never had much to do with this contentious law. The affordable care act or Obama care is not subject to affect by a government shutdown as it is now law and considered mandatory not discretionary spending. This shutdown has however furloughed over 800,000 federal employees, and most probably will affect the U.S international credit ratings, as a partial shutdown nearly 2 years ago saw our nations AAA rating drop for the first time in history.
Now, we stand at the edge of financial ruin with a front row seat between a party who wants to give the poorest among us the opportunity for Health Care and a party who simply wants it all to shut down. The first Republican President once said, “Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.” (-Abraham Lincoln said this in his Cooper Union address of 1860.) The Republican Party has gone through much evolution in these last 154 years since President Lincoln gave that now famous speech. Apparently the majority of the Republican Party has forgotten the sentiment within that hallowed speech. From twitter to the airwaves and the right wing blogosphere, all echo the call for shutdown. The House of Representatives Republican members could even be observed smiling as they walked out of final meetings before midnight last night. United in “sticking to their guns” as one pundit put it, most senators upon exit reiterated “what a good plan!” Though over 800,000 Americans now have no paycheck or safety net to catch them because of their squabbles, you can rest assured this government shutdown won’t affect members of the House of Representatives from receiving their paychecks.
With the Government “showdown” between the Democrats and the Republicans now officially becoming a shutdown, the team here at Powerfist.US wonders if congress realizes that real American lives hang in the balance of their decisions or lack thereof. We will be posting a link at the bottom of this article for more detailed information on those people and programs affected by the shutdown, I invite you to read it and learn just who is affected. We will also be starting our first ever petition calling for all the members of congress who voted for a shutdown to donate their paychecks to those now furloughed federal workers. If they embrace the principles they were elected to protect, they should have no problems “Uniting” and “Standing” with at least their own personal constituents, which they just temporarily un-employed. So if you believe in the principles of Uniting and Standing please chose solidarity with the American worker in this fight and sign the petition to transfer congressional paychecks to furloughed federal employees. We believe at Powerfist.US that people should never be used as pawns in some larger political game, especially in a game that should have never been played. Hopefully congress will come to its senses and stop holding the country hostage and the shutdown will end, but until then I hope Logic will Prevail.