It amuses me to read that the U.S. government has “shut down,” when, in fact, only parts of it — the “non-essential parts” — have been temporarily suspended. Make no mistake, those parts of the government will re-open and its employees will return to work — it’s only a matter of time.
The holdup, as you all know, is the galactic paralysis in Washington between and among the House, the Senate and the White House. All of this is allegedly over Obamacare (officially known as the Affordable Care Act), which is now the law of the land and went into implementation last week. Republicans (or, let’s face it, the tea party) want the law repealed, or at least to renegotiate parts of it, which seems to me futile as the second sentence in this paragaph explains. Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.
I say “allegedly” because we all know what the politicians are truly doing — posturing, creating drama, posing for the cameras, and making themselves look good for their constituents (voters and financial backers). They’re still getting paid (I don’t believe for a moment that some pols are donating their checks to charity — I’ll have to see some proof of that). Their staffers are still getting paid. They’re still issuing self-serving press releases. None of that machinery has “shut down.” You and I are still funding those mechanisms with our taxes.
What amazes me is the absolute stupidity that reigns in D.C. (I know it always has, but this is ridiculous.) For instance, did no one realize that death benefits paid to families of service men and women might be negatively affected by a shut down? Well, they were. How’s that for thoughtlessness? A private charity will be making those payments until Obama and Boehner and their respective henchmen can cobble together some kind of deal to fund D.C. for the next few months.