The government shutdown was not a good idea. As much as I believe in standing for your principles, and fighting against unjust laws, this was not the time to do so, especially with the possibility of America defaulting on its loans on Oct.17.
Our credit rating has already been dropped from a AAA rating during the past few years, the stock market is nosediving and of course Republicans and Democrats refuse to work together to solve the problem.
This is only a partial shutdown, and the 800,000 people that are furloughed until further notice, are in some of the most visible places. The national parks and monuments, civilian workers on military bases and other various government employees outside of the military and post office, now do not know how long it will be before their next paycheck.
An email was actually sent out to civil service employees on Tuesday stating that after three weeks they would have to start paying for their own insurance. This comes from a refusal to compromise, on both sides.
You have members of the House that are Tea Party Republicans who believe that by shutting down the government they are making the Democrats look like their symbol’s namesake, when the reverse is actually true.
Most polls show the majority of Americans are blaming the Republicans for this shutdown. The Republicans are trying to postpone Obamacare for one more fiscal year, due to so many postponements already being made. The Senate, which is primarily Democrats, is voting against anything that the house is sending.
This is all being fought over what is called a "continuing resolution." The law states that each year congress must pass a budget, and if they do not do so, they must pass a continuing resolution in order to keep funding the departments of the government at the same level as last year.
The Tea Party Republicans in the House have removed Obamacare from that resolution, and now the Senate is acting like a 2-year-old and saying “no” with everything that the House sends them. This refusal to compromise has completely crippled the government.
This is not a Republican issue. This is not a Democratic issue. This is an American issue. The radical rhetoric from both sides is crippling this country, destroying the American Dream and way of life.
No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, shutting down the government is not a positive thing. No matter where you stand, our credit can be downgraded, the stock market can plummet, and the likelihood that any of these people will return to office is unlikely.
If you look at the government shutdown from 1996-97 you will see that every elected official that played a role in the government shutdown was removed from office during the next election cycle. This is not something that people tend to forget.