It’s Just A Game
…..or is it. As of midnight last night, the United States Government has begun the process of shutting down due to lack of funds.
The House is delaying a routine funding approval to make a stand for the majority opinion of the American people, who want to shut down Obamacare.
Yesterday President Obama stated that “one faction of one party, in one house of congress, in one branch of government, doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election.”
Sorry Mr. President, they actually can.
It says so in a document called the United States Constitution. We call that a “check” on government, and that is actually allowed, they can do it. The real question is will they do it for the long haul, and will they do it for the right reason?
It all depends on the republican majority in the House. Are they taking this stand for principle (the majority of the people do not want Obamacare) or is this just another political power move?
Neither party has shown much true leadership over the past decade, so if you think the House delay is the right thing to do, don’t hold your breathe.
On the other hand, heroes often make an entrance when you least expect them.
In the meantime, don’t let this shut down scare scare you (unless of course, you are employed by the Federal Government).
This is a process, not an immediate stoppage.
Right now it only impacts non-time sensitive work in non-essential agencies such as national parks, national museums, and national monuments.
It will likely impact you if you are trying to get a passport or a gun permit. Some home loans will be slowed by this delay as will those trying to receive assistance from programs like Medicare. It is speculated that it might effect the distribution of Social Security checks.
The last time we faced a government shut down was under President Clinton in 1996.