If Obamacare is not defunded, shut down the government
The Republicans under the "leadership" of its extreme wing, have vowed that unless Obamacare is defunded they will refuse to pass either a new federal budget or a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open.
How utterly juvenile/stupid/ridiculous can you get?
If you don't like Obamacare, a law that was passed and upheld by the Supreme Court, then have the guts to have a debate on it, make your points and convince the majority to vote to overturn or modify it.
But to hold all government services for everyone, plus all federal workers hostage because you don't like one single issue, is childish, nay infantile.
I'm not the biggest fan of Obamacare. But at least it is attempting to do something about the abysmal state of how the insurance companies are running health care in the U.S. The Repubs are offering nothing in its place, just don't try and fix the system at all.
If the House Republicans do shut the federal government down, I hope Obama shuts it all down every last bit--no exemptions unless someone's life is immediately in danger. No air traffic controllers, no park rangers, no check processors, no NIH researchers, no customs agents, no food inspectors, not one federal worker...and I say that as a federal employee who will have trouble paying my bills when I go without a paycheck.
And to add insult, now the Republicans are trying to claim that it is the Democrats who are trying to cause the federal government to be shut down because they won't defund that blasted, horrible (legally passed) Obamacare.
One interesting thought is starting to surface: just how much money is the health insurance lobby contributing to the Republicans, since they are the biggest financial losers under Obamacare?
The House has one main job: passing a damn budget every year. Get the job done instead of playing this stupid brinkmanship that ends up costing a fortune in preparations for shutdown at least once a year if not more often. Their paychecks should be docked too if the federal government has to shut down.
And then the whole cycle gets to repeat a few weeks later when the debt ceiling is reached.
This is no way to run the ship of state.
This post was edited by kimka on Mon, Sep 16, 13 at 13:34