The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “SORRY (?), we’re closed: Government shutdown ripples across the country” (Web-site/URL: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/01/.Uk19Yog71F0.twitter).
“The impact of the first government shutdown in 17 years was felt across America on Tuesday (October 2 2013) as offices were shuttered and workers were sent home after lawmakers failed to come to a deal to KEEP THE LIGHTS ON“. The last shutdown occurred during 1995-96 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_shutdown_of_1995%E2%80%9396). Also people in Congress are supposed to be PROFESSIONAL ADULTS so if they can’t compromise enough “keep the lights on”, this is RIDICULOUS.
“Voters VOICED (?) their anger on Tuesday (October 2, 2013) about the shutdown, which came after lawmakers reached an impasse on a bill to finance the government past Sept. 30 (2013). The Senate rejected measures passed by the Republican-led House on Monday (September 30, 2013) that would have delayed key portions of the Affordable Care Act while extending funding for a few weeks”. There are TWO things to note here. First “voiced” should be changed to VENTED because Capitol Hill Hill has been dysfunctional for FAR TOO LONG. On top of this, once again this is about HEALTHCARE REFORM.
“Sam Budzisz wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #DEARCongress (?)” “I’m ANNOYED as I start my 5:30 a.m. shift of my SECOND job (WHILE GOING TO SCHOOL) that you’re just not showing up to work”. Again, there are TWO things to note here. First “anger” in the previous remark has been replaced by “annoyed” here, another NEGATIVE emotion. On top of this working TWO jobs “while going to school” is TOUGH.
Twyla Strogen tweeted: “THANKS (?) for the shutdown and LACK OF PAY”. “the shutdown and lack of pay” certainly ARE NOT things to be “thankful” for. COME ON NOW. “WE, THE PUBLIC, YOUR BOSSES, WILL RETURN THE FAVOR AT THE POLLS”. The problem is: NEITHER party is getting the job done.
“The shutdown was expected to have SWEEPING effects across the nation as hundreds of thousands of federal employees faced INDEFINITE FURLOUGHS, tourist destinations shut down and services including food assistance and IRS audits are disrupted. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which collects employment numbers, said on its website that it WOULD NOT “collect data, issue reports or (even) RESPOND TO PUBLIC ENQUIRIES” for the length of the shutdown”. This will surely lead to more ANGER/FRUSTRATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“President Obama BLAMED the government shutdown on a “faction” of House Republicans in a statement from the White House on Tuesday (October 1 2013)”. “They’ve (House Republicans have) shut down the government over AN IDEOLOGICAL CRUSADE to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job” There are FIVE things to note here. First we have the latest/yet another example of BLAMING & CRITICIZING (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). Secondly the “faction of House of Republicans” that the President is referring to of course is THE TEA PARTY. Thirdly, all POLITICIANS go on “ideological crusades”. Fourthly again Republicans are trying to REPEAL HEALTHCARE REFORM. On top of all this, “demanding” is another fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Democrats, saying that they “DRAGGED THEIR FEET for days” and rejected bills passed by the House that would have kept the government funded, if only for a little while”. We know the President OPPOSES doing things in a piece-by-piece manner.
“Barricades were set to go up around the National Mall, NBC Washington reported”.
“Carol Johnson with the National Park Service told the station” “We have 3,000 permitted events on the Mall every year. While the government is shut down, all of those events have to be canceled”…including an “honor flight” Tuesday (October 1, 2013) of veterans from Mississippi”.
“A number of District restaurants and at least one Pilates studio is offering free or discounted services to furloughed federal employees for as long as the shutdown lasts, NBC Washington reported”.
Still, many people ARE NOT happy. According to Leathey Chandler, “an employee at the Department of Agriculture”, “It’s a MESS, Congress needs to GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. Seriously, they’re like KIDS ON THE PLAYGROUND, FIGHTING, FIGHTING FOR NOTHING. It’s RIDICULOUS. It was RIDICULOUS then and it’s RIDICULOUS now. GET IT TOGETHER, PEOPLE”. “mess” and “ridiculous” are the latest NEGATIVE words. Also, “Congress needs to get their act together?” Again, this DOES NOT seem to be happening. On top of all this, it’s time to inject a little humor into this extremely serious issue by saying that “Get it together, people” sounds like GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) again.
“Another USDA (US Department of Agriculture) employee, Lawrence Albert, said he was going into work to set up an email away message and change his voicemail before heading home”. “I think it’s MISERABLE, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH democracy or lobbying for causes. This IS NOT the way government should work at all, it’s a DISGRACE”. “miserable” and “disgrace” are the latest NEGATIVE words.
“Employees feared furloughs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State on Tuesday (October 1, 2013), where 16,000 civilians work, according to Seattle NBC News affiliate King 5. The base released a statement on Monday (September 30, 2013) saying that civilian employees should report to work on Tuesday (October 1, 2013), but did not say who would be considered essential enough to stay on”.
According to base employee Matthew Hines, “How much more does the federal employee have to ENDURE? We’ve already been JERKED AROUND”. Hines is also ANGRY/FRUSTRATED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The CDC (Centers For Disease Control) would completely close the “VAST MAJORITY” of its operations, it announced in a release on Tuesday morning (October 1, 2013). The shutdown would lead to a slower response to public health issues, and its activity monitoring diseases, including FLU season, will be severely slashed”. Does/Could this mean that there will be A MAJOR FLU OUTBREAK IN 2013?
“The shutdown had some immediate international repercussions as the American Battle Monuments Commission, which manages two dozen U.S. military cemeteries in foreign nations, closed all of its monuments and memorials”.
“Tourist destinations in New England braced for the full impact of the shutdown, darkening the Fanueil Hall Visitor Center in Boston and closing down Acadia National Park in Maine, according to the Boston Globe“.
According to Sean Hennessey, spokesman for the National Park Service”, “It’s going to be A KIND OF RIPPLE EFFECT. There’s a SIGNIFICANT economic impact that our national parks have in their communities”.
“The partial government shutdown was even felt in sports competitions at the nation’s military academies as the Defense Department said it has suspended all contests”.
“Whether two football games – Air Force vs. Navy and Army vs. Boston College – would be called off was being reviewed by Pentagon lawyers, who are determining if money for the games comes from congressionally approved funds, The Associated Press reported”.
“Army is scheduled to play Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Saturday (October 5, 2013)”. Army is currently 2-3 while Boston College is currently 2-2.
“In a statement on Tuesday (October 1 2013)”, Boston College said: “We have been in close communication with Army athletics officials regarding the potential effect of the government shutdown on this Saturday’s (October 5, 2013) football game“, adding that the two schools had NOT reached a resolution“. “Obviously, our intention is to exhaust ALL possibilities to play the game” because universities get MONEY from these games.
“Ohio resident Maureen Brown told local affiliate NBC 4 that she was worried about the effect that shutdown would have on government workers in her area”. “YOU THINK the government is a SECURE job that you don’t have to worry about stuff like that, but NOWADAYS YOU DO (because) NOTHING IS SECURE ANYMORE” unfortunately. “If they (government workers) don’t work, then they don’t GO SHOPPING, they don’t BUY A HOUSE and that affects everybody and it makes the economy worse than it is”.
“The shutdown found a SUPPORTER in Missoula, Mont., where resident Dennis Curtis told NBC Montana that he believed it would help CUT COSTS“. “We REALLY NEED a shutdown and WE NEED A SHUTDOWN FOR MONTHS. How long are we going to continue to borrow from China and Japan and all of these other countries because WE JUST CAN’T DO IT? We’re going to COLLAPSE this country”. Curtis sounds like a REPUBLICAN.
“Many others said that even a short-term furlough could cut deep into their finances, including 23-year-old park ranger Darquez Smith”. “I’ve got a lot on my plate right now – tuition, my daughter, bills”. Smith had a child TOO EARLY. Here we go with THAT HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL issue again. As we know, KATE HE had a kid ONLY on family orders and CUI XILING & GAO WEI ONLY got married and had TWO kids in 3.5 years on family orders. “I’m just CONFUSED and waiting just like everyone else”. That’s “confused” and FRUSTRATED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, “Department of Veterans Affairs employee Marc Cevasco, 30, told the AP he was going to work on Tuesday (October 1, 2013), but planned to be furloughed INDEFINITELY after that“. “EVEN IF it’s (the government is) just shut down for a week, that’s A QUARTER of your pay this month. THAT MEANS A LOT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE”, BUT HE’S STILL PLANNING TO FURLOUGH?
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “”SORRY (?), we’re closed: Government shutdown ripples across the country”. Here’s the problem: many people in the United States are SICK & TIRED of POLITICIANS’ EXCUSES.