Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blame Game: The Government Shutdown!

President Barack Obama gets blamed for government shutdown. The Republicans will take the country to the brink of fiscal destruction because they don't want to enforce the healthcare law.

The looming government shutdown.

You hear the talking points that President Barack Obama is willing to talk to dictators but not the Republican Party. Recently he's pissed off the racist right by announcing that he's called the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

First things first, I am getting tired of the news agitators and Republicans saying that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Obamacare!

Obamacare is such a stupid buzzword. The health care law has been the reasons for all this ridiculous gridlock in Washington, DC.

Who's going to get the blame for the government workers losing their jobs?

I think it's the Republicans who are likely going to suffer in the end. They've tried to pass this stupid bill that includes repealing the American Affordable Healthcare Act. They threw in extra goodies to sweeten the pot.

The House Republican bill includes a raising of the debt ceiling and funding of the government. But also there's a portion of the bill that allows tax breaks, an extension of the Keystone XL pipeline, defund the healthcare law for a year and rollbacks of environmental regulations.

You hear each Republican call this law Obamacare and they want to "defund the bill" and "repeal the law".

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court told the Republicans its a law, it's still not enough for the House and Senate Republicans from repealing or attempting to defund the law.
The Stallmigos: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul.
On GOP Sundays, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) have made their attempt to say that Obamacare is bad for the people. Giving no solution to improve the law or an agenda if they succeed in repealing it. All you hear is a mixture of rhetoric that seems close to Ron Perot and the Palin Da Ass.

The Stallmigos are going to take most of the blame. The Republican leadership has fingered them for the impending government shutdown. The three senators have relatively no accomplishments in lawmaking but yet the most attention with news agitators.

Political observers say that the majority of the blame will squarely go on the feet of the Republican Party.

However a portion of the blame will go to President Barack Obama. The Republicans believe that the president hasn't reached out to them.

Yeah, right.

He's been willing to give them what they want but he said he will not allow the middle class to suffer if the Republicans get these tax cuts to billionaires. He doesn't want to risk having a pipeline that may destroy a portion of natural resources in an event of a man-made or natural disaster.

A government shutdown is a situation in which the government stops providing all but "essential" services.

Typically, services that continue despite a shutdown include police, fire fighting, the National Weather Service and its parent agencies, medical services at federal facilities, the postal service, armed forces air traffic management, and corrections (the penal system).

A federal government shutdown causes a large number of civilian federal employees to be furloughed. Military personnel are not furloughed, but may not be paid as scheduled.

The exact details of which government functions would stop during a shutdown is determined by the Office of Management and Budget. However, some specific aspects have applied to all shutdowns in the past. Among these is the closure of national parks and passport offices.
How many times has President Barack Obama reached out to Republicans? Many times, but every time a deal is made, the Stallmigos are against it. 
"Emergency personnel" continue to be employed, including the military, border agents, doctors and nurses working in federal hospitals, and air traffic controllers. Members of Congress continue to be paid, because their pay cannot be altered except by direct law.

Mail delivery is not affected as it is self-funded. The U.S. Postal Service is facing a serious budget deficit.

They want to approve a raising of stamp prices and cutting Saturday service to save money. But Congress is not willing to give them the opportunity to work on it.

Shutdowns in the past have also affected the Washington, D.C. municipal government, putting a stop to schools and to utilities such as garbage collection.

When you don't get a paycheck and your a federal worker, that may impact them more than those legislators.

The Associated Press reports that even before the House voted, Senate Democrats pledged to reject the measure and the White House issued a statement vowing a veto in any event. Republicans are pursuing "a narrow ideological agenda ... and pushing the government towards shutdown," it said.

The Senate is not scheduled to meet until mid-afternoon on Monday, 10 hours before a shutdown would begin, and even some Republicans said privately they feared that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., held the advantage in the fast-approaching end game. If so, a House GOP rank and file that includes numerous tea party allies would soon have to choose between triggering the first partial shutdown in nearly two decades — or coming away empty-handed from their latest confrontation with Obama.

Undeterred, House Republicans pressed ahead with their latest attempt to squeeze a concession from the White House in exchange for letting the government open for business normally on Tuesday. "Obamacare is based on a limitless government, bureaucratic arrogance and a disregard of a will of the people," said Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.

Another Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, reacted angrily when asked whether he would eventually support a standalone spending bill if needed to prevent a shutdown. "How dare you presume a failure? How dare you? How dare you?" he said.

Apart from its impact on the health care law, the legislation that House Republicans decided to back would assure routine funding for government agencies through Dec. 15. Under House rules, the measure went to the Senate after lawmakers voted 248-174 to repeal the medical tax, then 231-192 for the one-year delay in Obamacare.

A companion measure to assure U.S. troops are paid in the event of a shutdown passed unanimously.

The government spending measure marked something of a reduction in demands by House Republicans, who passed legislation several days ago that would permanently strip the health care law of money while providing funding for the government.

It also contained significant concessions from a party that long has criticized the health care law for imposing numerous government mandates on industry, in some cases far exceeding what Republicans have been willing to support in the past. Acknowledging as much, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said that as a conservative he had often found during Obama's presidency that his choice was "between something bad or (something) horrible."

GOP aides said that under the legislation headed toward a vote, most portions of the health law that already have gone into effect would remain unchanged. That includes requirements for insurance companies to guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions and to require children to be covered on their parents' plans until age 26. It would not change a part of the law that reduces costs for seniors with high prescription drug expenses.

One exception would give insurers or others the right not to provide abortion coverage, based on religious or moral objections.

The measure would delay implementation of a requirement for all individuals to purchase coverage or face a penalty, and of a separate feature of the law that will create marketplaces where individuals can shop for coverage from private insurers.

By repealing the medical device tax, the GOP measure also would raise deficits — an irony for a party that won the House majority in 2010 by pledging to get the nation's finances under control.

The Senate rejected the most recent House-passed anti-shutdown bill on a party-line vote of 54-44 Friday, insisting on a straightforward continuation in government funding without health care-related add-ons.

That left the next step up to the House — with time to avert a partial shutdown growing ever shorter.

For a moment at least, the revised House proposal papered over a simmering dispute between Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the leadership, and tea party conservatives who have been more militant about abolishing the health law that all Republican lawmakers oppose.

It was unclear whether members of the rank and file had consulted with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has become the face of the "Defund Obamacare" campaign that tea party organizations are promoting and using as a fundraising tool.

In debate on the House floor, Republicans adamantly rejected charges that they seek a government shutdown, and said their goal is to spare the nation from the effects of a law they said would cost jobs and reduce the quality of care. The law is an "attack and an assault on the free enterprise and the free economy," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas.

Democrats disagreed vociferously. "House Republicans are shutting down the government. They're doing it intentionally. They're doing it on purpose," said Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland, as Republican lawmakers booed from their seats on the floor.

In the Senate, there was little doubt that Reid had the votes to block a one-year delay in the health care program widely known as "Obamacare." The device tax seemed trickier, since 33 Democrats joined all Senate Republicans in supporting repeal on a nonbinding vote earlier in the year. But aides said both House-passed proposals would be rejected in a single vote.

The 2.3 percent tax, which took effect in January, is imposed on items such as pacemakers and CT scan machines; eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and other items are exempt. Repealing it would cost the government an estimated $29 billion over the coming decade.

If lawmakers miss the approaching deadline, a wide range of federal programs would be affected, from the national parks to the Pentagon.

Some critical services such patrolling the borders, inspecting meat and controlling air traffic would continue. Social Security benefits would be sent and the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and hospitals.

The new health insurance exchanges would open Tuesday, a development that's lent urgency to the drive to use a normally routine stopgap spending bill to gut implementation of the law.

On the vote to repeal the medical device tax, 17 Democrats sided with Republicans. Two Democrats supported the delay in the health care law, and two Republicans opposed it.

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