- Posted October 16, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
Effects of Governmet Shutdown 500 Miles from DC
Well, I think most Americans can see the results. A broken economy, broken not only by the financial events of the last several years, but set in motion by the events and policies of a decade or more ago.
Massive federal debt, most of which accumulated under the Georgew W. Bush administration, largely due to a decade spent fighting two unjust and possibly criminal wars that were not budgeted, thoughtfully planned, nor effectively managed. Due also to an economy sunk into gloom and fright by terrorist attacks that succeeded because the Bush administration refused to acknowledge and deal with credible threats.
Stalemate, gridlock, partisanship, paralysis, or whatever you want to call it that makes the Do Nothing Congress of the 1940's look like an organized and well-run legislature compared to the current body.
Reactionary extremists who refuse to acknowledge the law that is the Affordable Care Act and cannot remember that, in September 2008, the leading issue in the minds of the American electorate was healthcare reform - as many as 76% of Americans favored it, according to some polls. many of these same reactionaries would turn on their Washington puppets if entitlements are slashed and they end up with no Medicare to buy new scooter chairs.
Last, but by no means all, is a government shut down due to lack of a budget, egotism, inflexibility, a fanatical minority, and a host of other reasons. This shutdown, and the connected failure to make any kind of compromise regarding paying our country's debts, is going to have the result of 300 million Americans collectively facing the fate of every person that can't pay their debts: foreclosure, bankruptcy, repossession, ruined credit, loss of faith and credibility, etc. The collapse, possibly for all time, of the American Dream.
Here at home, my whole family is continuing to cope with the disabilities of my oldest son. Although he is a great kid and doing better than we'd hoped, his needs are a huge challenge. after 3 years, my wife still cannot find a fulltime job that will pay for childcare and help with the bills, so she balances two part-time jobs and a home sales business to try to make ends meet. I work fulltime at a good job with excellent benefits (which the ACA has enhanced), but the pay does not equal the bills. It is, however, too much to allow my son to qualify for disability, SSI and Medicare.
We live in a the upper of a duplex my wife bought prior to our marriage. It is 90 years old or so, and has suffered from a legacy of disrepair that we have endeavored to correct, but which has reached a point where needed repairs are more than the amount we could sell for. The house has lost 60% in value since 2009, at the same time our property taxes skyrocketed. I won't even go into the state of politics in Wisconsin....
Now to the meat of it. Our tenant was behind two months rent due in large part ot her inability to manage the earnings from a $60,000/year job, and her ex-con, violent felon boyfriend who leeches off her. We recently made an arrangement with her to avoid eviction, but she was short on her 2nd payment and "defaulting" on the rest, so far.
Hold your breath....
She is a non-essential secretary at the local VA hospital.
Washington, fix this. Wells-Fargo doesn't care about her lack of a paycheck due to your b.s. and I am going to lose my house.