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Quick Hit: “Republican’s Shutdown America!”

The Republicans are once again going to shutdown the Government!

Unless Congress agrees to a stopgap resolution by Friday the U.S. Government will again default on its obligations as it did when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans did it in 1995.

The affects of a shutdown are varied depending on the level of reliance on the Federal Government and the length of the closure. But it will affect nearly everyone in the country by some degree.

We are in a more dire situation economically than we were in ‘95. A shutdown on Friday will have adverse affects on the fragile recovery.

Congressional members have reportedly voted to receive no pay during the shutdown. Does that extend to their staffs? Congressional staffs need to feel the same pain their prima donna bosses have caused others. Congressional members are going to categorize their staffs as essential, but Americans should consider that hypocrisy. A shutdown must affect everyone in Congress if it’s going to affect even one government employee.

But, let’s be perfectly clear about the cause of this shutdown; about who’s responsible for the pain and suffering hard-working Americans are experiencing and will feel as a result of a government shutdown.

The Republicans are shutting down the government.

Again!

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“UnAmerican Activities”

Americans are more divisive, more destructive, more cynical, and less trusting than at any time I can remember.

In a time of turmoil voices raise, anger festers, tempers flair, fingers point, and accusations abound. Blame is the easiest way to deflect responsibility, but there is a lot of blame to go around for the problems we face.

The American people are facing more unrest, in more areas, than ever in my lifetime.

There are so many positives to being “American.” Freedoms and protections have been lavished on the people, at great sacrifice, by our forefathers; men of incredible foresight.

We breathe rarified air, dream remarkable dreams, accomplish unbelievable things, and in the past shared our wealth, knowledge, freedoms, and experiences with the rest of the world; with those less fortunate than us.

Democracy, capitalism, freedom, fairness, integrity, and opportunity were always synonymous with living in America; with being American. The Constitution provided for the welfare ‘of the people,’ destiny was overseen ‘by the people,’ and outcomes would ultimately be ‘for the people.’ An incredible working model, but, the intentions of the Constitution have eroded over the last 233 years, and that erosion has accelerated over the last 30 years.

The ‘people’ have lost control.

We’ve lost control in all areas of our lives: politics, finances, religion, media, and family. The new series “UnAmerican Activities” will address financial, political, social, industrial, global, intellectual, and yes, religious issues.

As an independent, a free thinker with common-sense, I have witnessed the destruction and chaos that has been unleashed by the zealots who have taken over this country. It’s disturbing. Stuck between the weakness of the left and the vitriolic right, definitely misrepresented, if not unrepresented, despair and anger bubble below the surface.

With little voice in the discourse, writing has become therapy that, for a time, prevents me from striking all of them down: politicians; bankers; religious ideologues; charlatans and CEO’s, with the jawbone of an ass.

So what can one voice do? Read the rest of this entry »

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