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Shutdown or Showdown
10/9/2013 10:16:31 PM

By Beverly Gadson-Birch

Too much water has passed over the dam since the first day of the government Shutdown. Frankly speaking, I have heard and seen enough news reports of the Tea Party Republicans justifying their actions in shutting down the government.

In 1999, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich resigned in disgrace due in part to his hard nose stance with former President Clinton and the push for impeachment in the Lewinsky affair. If my old mind serves me correctly, former Speaker, Gingrich resigned in the midst of his own affair. I thought that was interesting because now he serves as a host on CNN’s Crossfire and is often addressed as “Mr. Speaker” or “Speaker Gingrich”. What is so hypocritical about the former Speaker’s title is the same ones who refer to him as such have such difficulty addressing the President as “President Obama” or “Mr. President”. I am afraid that we will continue to have this divide in our government until our representatives own up to their prejudices.

The Affordable Health Care has been voted into law and upheld by the Supreme Court. It doesn’t get any clearer than that as to its legality. Why is it then that some Republicans in the House think they can change the law or break the law whenever it suits their needs. It sort of reminds me of running a stop sign. The law of the land is you come to a complete stop at the stop sign. It doesn’t say “roll through the sign and stop in the intersection.” That is not the law and anyone who does so is in violation of the law and is subject to prosecution. There are many laws on the books that I don’t like and think they need to be changed or updated. Unfortunately, I get only one vote. I am in the minority and just because I don’t like or agree with a particular law, doesn’t make it a bad law for the rest of the people. So, until a law changes, I fully intend to comply.

I am not going to bore you with more of the shut down and our wishy washy representatives because I am sure you have had enough of the pettiness as well. However, if you heard the “Open Mic” conversation between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on the Shut-down, it uncovered the Tea Party House Republicans’ true intention and that is to leverage support from the Democratic Senate to reduce the government’s debt ceiling by allowing the Shutdown to take place. Those House Representatives may very well have shut themselves out of the next election.

While you are waiting for things to get better, don’t close yourself off from friends and family. Sure, things are tough and they might get even tougher but remember you are tougher than most things. The average working class American has real problems and expenses even when the government is operating at its best. Some necessary expenses and basic needs are the car note, fuel, rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance food and clothing. We are talking basic needs here that will have to be placed on hold while our government plays Cat and Mouse games with who gets a paycheck from who doesn’t.

Don’t do anything crazy! Things are going to get better but you must get involved. Call, email or snail mail your Representatives and voice your dissatisfaction over the Shutdown. It’s Showdown time!!

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