- Posted September 28, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The current debate in Congress over whether to keep the government operating come midnight Monday or whether some of government will be shutdown is centered over the desire of Republicans to authorize funds for operation except for the Affordable Care Act. For Democrats, the issue is either fund all parts of the government including the Affordable Care Act or shut down the government.
Both sides have dug in and the clock is ticking.
No matter which side of the argument one stands there is a defense being made by both President Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues that Republican efforts to defund or repeal the ACA should end because the ACA is the law of the land and has been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court. This is a hollow defense.
Slavery was once the law of the land.
Interracial marriage bans were once the law of the land.
Only property owners could vote in elections was once the law of the land.
Women barred from voting and elective office were once the law of the land.
Segregation, separate but equal, was once the law of the land.
Prohibition of the manufacture, sell and possession of alcoholic beverages was once the law of the land.
The point is because a law is passed by Congress, signed by the President, ruled constitutional, it is only valid until Congress, the President or the Supreme Court changes its mind and changes that law. This is no different and the argument is meaningless based on history.
On the other side of the aisle, the Republican argument that to defund the ACA will stop the ACA or keep the full implementation going forward is equally hollow. The ACA is already pre-funded for some parts and the rest is funded through fees and taxes which are not subject to whether Congress funds the bill or not.
From the Cornfield, all we have here is both sides playing to their more rabid and fervent followers to raise the racket surrounding the debate over keeping government opened 100% or partially shutdown. A government shutdown has happened 17 times since 1973 with little to no impact. Same will hold true whether a continuing resolution acceptable to both sides is found or not by midnight Monday.
The real cliff comes October 17 when the government runs out of the ability to borrow any more money without Congress authorizing a raise in the debt ceiling. For now, while critical it is not life-threatening to the US of A if the government partially shuts down on October 1.