Re: Government shutdown looming today
What a bunch of douchebags. Seriously. And I can't believe the Republicans are going to make me defend Democrats.
The GOP is willing to shut down the government over $300 million for an organization that provides cervical pap smears, cancer testing, counseling and contraceptive services for millions of women. If $300 million is such an issue, let's see where else we could recover it.
$300 million is just 0.1% of the amount of corporate tax breaks enjoyed by Fortune 100 companies every year.
$300 million would cover the costs for just ONE DAY of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
$300 million covers just TWO DAYS of the cost of the failed War on Drugs
$300 million covers just ONE DAY of federal subsidies to Big Agriculture
$300 million represents barely 10% of what the taxpayer gives to "faith based" organizations every year (question for conservatives who don't want their tax dollars going to women's health organizations they disagree with...why should MY tax dollars go to churches that I disagree with?)
Just a few examples for anybody who thinks this has anything to do with the budget. This is simply one more instance of the GOP using its power to wage war on Americans it doesn't like.
On top of that, part of what will happen if the government does get shutdown, is that military pay will be delayed. I am not in favor of many of the governments decisions to go to war, but that does not mean I don't have a ton of respect for the men and women in the military and their families.
Of course though, as is typical with our government, they are not looking at the bigger picture.
I'm just pissed at this stupid bullshit.
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause and effect, but actually from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey...stuff.