I just want to make sure I have my facts straight.
One of the main focuses or duties of those who serve on Capitol Hill is to pass (or not) spending bills that fund the government?
Should the House not be in agreement how money should be spent, the Federal Government ‘shuts down’ until such time an agreement can be had….good so far?
During a ‘government shutdown’, those federal employees, who DO RECEIVE income, do so because there are also laws in place known as “Mandatory Spending”. This includes many essential aspects of government that must continue running but also includes the salary of the President, Senate, and Congress; correct?
The reason that there was not an agreement is because the House Republicans will not agree to new spending until such time that there are provisions to de-fund or derail Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (they are the same thing)?
Obamacare or the ACA is already a signed law that has withstood the test of ridicule/challenges all the way to the supreme court…..yes?
Should the Democrats agree to provisions to ‘lessen’ Obamacare or the ACA than the Republicans would be satisfied and would stop withholding votes and would pass on the federal budget that they have not done; thus crippling federal offices….correct?
So as it stands, if I understand this correctly, a law that was passed by both houses and was signed into law by our President, AND was upheld in our Supreme Court, is being held ‘hostage’ by a group (in this case Republicans) demanding that provisions be made to the very same law both houses voted into law and was signed.
Now this is where I am troubled because to change that law under any other circumstance would require a process whereas an amendment is added to the law changing whatever is/was wrong about it in the first place. There is a procedure for that and I do not know of the ‘keeping a law’ hostage act anywhere in this great country of ours being lawful.
Also, it seems to be that the United States’ credit card of 16.699 trillion dollars will also be held hostage for the very same reason should it make sense to raise the limit (debt ceiling). Whether THAT is the right thing to do is not my point but rather just the fact that the consideration if that step would be held hostage for the same reason the government shut down….right?
I sense a pattern here, anyone else see it?
This is not about whether Obamacare/ACA is correct or not; that discussion was done a long, long time ago. The fight was at that time, not now. It is now the law of the land. Period.
Now if everything I have stated is correct and actions continue, and I have been examining this for a few days now, have we not set force an extremely dangerous precedent of measures that may be taken when a group can somehow think or believe that a United States Law, enacted by our Congress and Senate and not only signed by our President but upheld as Constitutional by our Supreme Court; the highest court in our land; then have we not broken down every single thing that our fore-fathers put into place for us in 1776? Have we not made a mockery of how this great country began in the first place?
Something……..SOMEthing is not right here. In many ways I am a Republican and in many ways my viewpoints reflect being a Democrat, and that is MY absolute right as I am an American and if I have this scenario correct…….I am also deeply ashamed on what we have become. Is anyone else?
Someone please tell me I am wrong, and if so, why?
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Thank you for this post… All of what you said is exactly what I’ve wanted to say. Thank you for putting my thoughts to words…
I know it is a’hot’ topic….but when I laid it all on paper and I checked a few times to make sure I had ‘stuff’ correct—–it just made me wonder; but mostly it made me ashamed. But I always welcome others’ input. 🙂
I agree. Our senators and congress men need to stop acting like two year olds and step up for the way our government is designed to work. Can’t, senators and congressmen be impeached due to being out of control.