Shutdown the Shutdown

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10390807-words-related-to-a-possible-government-shutdownHow is it that the Radical Right can work itself into such a lather over Obamacare but seems content to allow the free-spending Pentagon to continue dispensing hundreds of billions of dollars each and every year without ever having to meet an audit?  They don’t have the faintest clue as to where all that money has gone or where all the money they are prepared to send after it will go.

They know they can’t win.  Plain and simple – they are in the minority.  They claim the public doesn’t want the Affordable Care Act, but I don’t see it.  It’s just the Tea Party making a lot of noise.  So, unable to get their way, they would rather burn the house down than have to live in it with the rest of their family if they can’t get what they want.  Is this how they think a representative democracy conducts its business?  They must have been sleeping during civics class.

Write a Letter to the Editor and remind your neighbors that Obamacare isn’t the issue here – its budget priorities.  We need a budget that mirrors our values.  We are not lobbyists or corporations.  We are people who live in communities that have real needs, not ideological concerns or special interests.

A shut down, even for a few days, generates anxiety for people who depend on essential government services. Forced furloughs put the burden on government workers and their families.

The night before the shutdown, the Pentagon scrambled to award $5 Billion in contracts to military corporations while 800,000 government employees were locked out the next morning. Wrong priorities!

Letters to the Editor is the contemporary Town Square, the place where you can forward your opinion and invite your neighbors to stand with you.  It is one of the most read sections of the newspaper.   It’s simple, just follow the links andsee for yourself.

Now, let’s be clear. Whether the government shutdown lasts a few days, or a few weeks, running around as if your hair is on fire isn’t how the matter will be resolved.  In the end, I suspect poll numbers will speak loud and clear and this gaggle of overheated loud mouths will be forced to give way once the other members of their party see the writing on the wall.  They will not slink away meekly having been schooled in Democracy 101, but perhaps they will lose enough juice so the rest of the Congress can get down to the business of passing a budget and increasing the debt limit.

And when they finally get down to business, we need to make sure Congress passes a budget that reflects our values.

Writing a Letter to the Editor is a simple and powerful way to get our jobs not war, budget priorities message to thousands of people in your community.  And, that’s the debate we have to win.

Your letter will validate what many of your neighbors already suspect, that the Tea Party war on Obamacare is a smokescreen covering subsidies and tax forgiveness for large corporations and the super rich and all the money being wasted on endless war and gold-plated weapons.

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  • Jerry "Peacemaker"

    Anybody ever find the missing $2 trillion Donald Rumsfeld mentioned on September 10, 2001? Just wondering.

  • rajeshvaya

    What if the world had fewer countries? would world peace be possible?

  • Ann Wilson

    How is it that an alleged peace blog can blather on about ObamaCare (which is not Medicare for all or what the country needs) but has never said one word about the US soldiers who remain in Iraq or the additional troop of Special Ops Barack sent back in back in the fall of 2012?

    From the middle of the NYT report

    Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.

    I’m a Green and it’s really disgusting to watch ‘peace’ types use their voices to whore for a Democratic — especially one who oversees a Drone War.

    Why don’t you get off your lazy rears and write about Iraq?

    Or are just another group of fakes who exist to pimp the Democratic Party?

    It’s amazing that C.I. of The Common Ills can report on that and can report on the military agreement the US and Iraq signed in December of 2012 while the rest of you alleged peace types ignore reality but find plenty of time to play defense for an imperialist sitting at the top of the US government.

    Your priorities are very screwed up. All US troops (and contractors) out of Iraq now!

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