Monday, October 07, 2013

Stop This

I’m back from vacation. Yet our federal government remains shutdown. I actually ran into some shutdown services while vacationing. For me, they were nothing more than inconveniences. Though, man, am I glad we decided to go to the coast instead of Yosemite this trip. But for others the shutdown is a very real hardship. Funding for WIC nutrition program has dried up, meaning women and children who rely on the government assistance are going hungry. Funding for the National Institute of Health has stopped accepting new patients and conducting clinical trials on potentially life-saving treatments. Funding for our national parks has stopped, which means all of our national parks – including Yosemite – and monuments are closed. No EPA food checks, no federal small business loans, no NASA research and no paychecks for some 800,000 “non-essential” federal employees. I could go on.

Why? All because the Republican Party is throwing a temper tantrum about Obamacare. Something that was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law. Don’t like a democratically approved law? Then try to repeal it through proper channels. Don’t hold the entire country hostage with the threat of not funding it and shutting down the government and possibly sending us into default by not raising the debt limit meanwhile costing us hundreds of millions a day and possibly billions before this whole power play is over. Oh, and all those representatives refusing to do their jobs? They’re still getting their paychecks while others suffer. It’s so fucking frustrating.

But as they say, if we don’t laugh we cry. So please enjoy Miley Cyrus’ dead-accurate “We Can’t Stop” parody. It’s beyond creepy and you’ll never get that image of professional Oompa Loompa John Boehner twerking in a white cut-out leotard bodysuit out of your head.


egghead said...

One thing they did get right in that send-up of Repub. leaders is that YES they are all drunk out of their minds. Lots of tweets about the smells wafting through those hallowed halls. bleh

Meanwhile, Miley was okay on SNL, I guess.

egghead said...

P.S And I must add to what you said Dot; this shutdown is on top of the very irrational and austere sequestration!! blerg!!! Fuck the cult of Republican small faction of one faction of a faction!!

Carmen SanDiego said...

Not only was Obamacare passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law, it was upheld by SCOTUS
Get over it, Republicans!

Carmen SanDiego said...

And time flies: Today Marks 15 Years Since Matthew Shepard Was Attacked

Anonymous said...

I'm that oh-so-rare creature, a Gay Republican, and I am appalled how the GOP is acting like a preschooler throwing a temper tantrum. Way to tank the party! Well, I guess I don't have to pay my taxes anymore because they fund programs I don't agree with (even though they were passed into law). More money for me! :)