- Posted October 7, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
The Government Shutdown: To Make A Point or To Secure Votes!
When this Congress took office, they made a vow to their Party, their Campaign investors, and to the American people that they would uphold the agenda, mission, and ideologies to move this nation in the “Right Direction”. However, with the recent Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Deadline, what direction are we moving in with a country that is at a “Stand Still” You have over 800,000 Federal Employees not working with pay, Government Funding programs that are not operating, Cancer patients not being treated, Government Landmarks that are not being visited, and Children who are not being educated, and the only thing the Republicans can say is, “I am not passing a bill that does not include the defunding of Obamacare”.
This stalemate started simply because the Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and Tea Party Endorsed Republican Ted Cruz (Texas) said, “Granting insurance for all people is unfair to the American people.” Obamacare or The Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) is a United States federal statue signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. This statute was passed providing a platform of insurance reforms that improves access to affordable health coverage for everyone and protects consumers from abusive insurance company practices. By granting this insurance marketplace, congress argues that funding such a program will destroy the economy at the expenses of the American people, which is unfair. In my opinion, imprisoning a country by shutting down the government is unfair to the American people, but Rep. Boehner and Rep. Cruz feels that this is their only way to make a statement to their party and their investors. These congressmen knows that if they give into the Democrats and reopen the government, their party and investors take on the reputation of weak and “not getting the job done”, which will cost them the election next year.
Re-election is everything and with the new turn of events with Voting Rights and Regulations, the Republicans and Tea Party candidates is setting up a congressional race that uses the shutdown as leverage. Being able to boost about their ability to shutdown down a government, cripple the American people and children, and causing the markets to drop in revenue is celebratory news to the parties that feel that government reform is necessary. Everything that they are creating by not passing a clean CR is proving that they have the ultimate power and their conservative ideologies hold true. But do they really? Their mission to downsize the government, put an end to an intrusive government and deficit spending, reversing the undermining of federalism and the centralizing of power in Washington, and institute government reform will not win them positive relationships, but doing right by the American people will. However, House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and Tea Party Endorsed Republican Ted Cruz (Texas) says that they will not pass a clean “CR” and they will not give the house the vote to do so, unless the Senate and the President negotiate on a law that is already passed.
Is affordable and quality health care such a crime that Congress is willing to shut down an entire country? In the Declaration of Independence, every American was given the Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, but as of October 1, 2013, all three rights have been violated by House Speaker John Boehner and Tea Party Endorsed Republican Ted Cruz, simply because they want to defund a passed law that grants the American people a better life. Will their ideologies guarantee your vote for re-election or will this behavior get them removed and sent home in 2015. Your vote counts on November 4, 2014.
If the shackles can be removed in 1863, they can be removed again in 2013.
*All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.*