It’s safe to bet that you’re fed up with the government shutdown--after all, 67% of Americans are.
And yet the shutdown continues, even as it defies reason. As Esquire’s Ch arles P.
Pierce sums up, the House of Representatives has caused this debacle “because it disapproves of a law passed by a previous Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court, a law that does nothing more than extend the possibility of health insurance to the millions of Americans who do not presently have it, a law based on a proposal from a conservative think-tank and taken out on the test track in Massachusetts by a Republican governor who also happens to have been the party's 2012 nominee for president of the United States.”
Worse yet, according to Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Mike McIntire in the New York Times, we did not just stumble into this absurdity--the route was planned back in 2010, and was “waged by a galaxy of conservative groups with more money, organized tactics and interconnections than is commonly known.”
What to do about it? Here’s one idea: urge House Speaker John Boehner to schedule an up-or-down vote on a clean spending bill to break this logjam. He claims it doesn't have the numbers. Want to prove him wrong? Go to http://www.speaker.gov/contact
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