For those readers who hold political news in such contempt as to have avoided the subject all together, the federal government of the United States has shut down its ‘non-essential’ operations as a result of political tensions between Democrats and Republicans, though the issue has revolved greatly on the passing of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”
Both parties are unwilling to compromise on a budget that will fund “Obamacare,” a controversial bill that came into full effect the same day as the government shutdown. As a result, almost every segment of the government remains unbudgeted.Without any money to grease the wheels, the government ground to a halt.
The government has shut down, but what does that actually mean? For the average citizens, it means the immediate closure of national parks, monuments and service buildings.
For hundreds of thousands of government workers, the shut down will slowly but surely leave them furloughed or unemployed. For those readers too young to remember, this is not the first time the American government has shut down.
As ominous as it may sound, the United States has managed its way out of over a dozen such shutdowns. Workers were furloughed, programs closed and surveys estimated that America lost more than a billion dollars due to stalls in production
. When time came to reopen the White House, the workers who had been furloughed received back pay for time missed. Congress is currently arguing over whether or not this will be the case this time and government workers are anxious.
And when the anxiety rises, so do accusations.
This is an atrocious move by Republicans for literally no tangible reason. I am not a staunch supporter of “Obamacare,” and I do not think it matters.
The bill was passed, the bill was signed and a minority of Americans took issue with it. By the decree of the Constitution, We, the People, made our decision. Even if there was an overwhelming desire to redact “Obamacare,” this is not the way to do it.
And if you believe Congress did the best they could, let me remind you, they are still getting paid while this goes on. No Congress jobs are at risk of furlough; the House get paid while we wait.
While Congress bickers over general budgets, they are incapable of raising America’s debt ceiling, which is the imaginary line that declares the reasonable limit for American debt.
The debt ceiling is currently held at $17 trillion and according to the national debt clock, America is currently held accountable for $16.960 trillion.
What’s worse is, the current debt ceiling is actually $16.7 trillion, almost 200 billion lower then what America currently owes and the 17 trillion mark is an artificial extension set to exhaust itself midway through this month. If Congress cannot make a move, soon, that ceiling will fall and crash over America’s head.