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The US Government Shutdown

Updated on June 11, 2018

The United States of America by Invitation Only!

The recurring use of the US Federal Government Shutdown is alive and well the January 19, 2018.

Democrats Don't Care About America or Americans or Legal Immigrants

They made their choice to Schumer Shutdown the US Federal Government for the benefit of giving Foreigners DACA and citizenship, which is not a Budget Item.

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I would first say that regardless of how you feel about a government shutdown, the people in the government should be made to also feel the pain from the shutdown.

  • Unfortunately, they don’t because as soon as the shutdown is resolved, these people get all their back pay retroactively.
  • One has to ask, “pay” for what? They got paid time off, because the two political parties couldn’t on the budget. How is that fair to the rest of the people that are being played like pawns. Shouldn’t the government workers including congress be played like the rest of us?
  • And in no case, should America through this shutdown be susceptible to a breach in National Security and necessary services. Remember 911 and how the US Government let us down.

Blueprint for Defunding Obamacare is used by the left to try and put the onus on the republicans.

Before Obama’s second term the Republicans tried unsuccessfully to repeal Obamacare. Then they came up with this blueprint to defund Obamacare.

  • How ironic, because now the democrats want DACA and they are willing to have a government shutdown over it.
  • They don’t like Trump’s WALL, stopping the Chain Immigration or going to a merit based immigration system.

Today, the Republican Party is like the original party minus those that just don’t like president Trump. And they would rather side with the democrats rather than give Trump what he wants.

Obamacare versus the WALL, Chain Immigration, and Merit Based Immigration.

Obamacare

Obamacare really wasn’t a good idea.

  • The law was complicated. I doubt whether anyone really read it, and those that read it probably didn’t understand it. I read it once, and the continual going back and forth with the existing law was very confusing.
  • Obamacare would be implemented in many stages taking over 8 years, and today it isn’t fully implemented.

Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan. The republicans decided to un-appropriate the Obamacare funding and their blueprint included.

  • Federally Backed Exchanges.
    • eliminate the refundable tax credits for premiums and cost sharing subsidies used to support insurance purchased in the Obamacare exchanges, starting Jan 1, 2014.
  • Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.
  • to many Americans, the shutdown came out of nowhere.
  • the outgrowth of a long-running effort to undo the Affordable Care Act, since its passage in 2010 — waged by a galaxy of conservative groups with more money, organized tactics and interconnections than is commonly known.
  • With polls showing Americans deeply divided over the law, conservatives believe that the public is behind them.
  • Although the law’s opponents say that shutting down the government was not their objective,
  • the activists anticipated that a shutdown could occur — and worked with members of the Tea Party caucus in Congress who were excited about drawing a red line against a law they despise.
  • Medicaid Expansion.
    • eliminate the enhance match funding Jan 1, 2014.
  • Permanent Appropriations.
    • guarantee funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Implementation. An appropriations rider must block the implementation of Obamacare, covering salaries, rulemaking, enforcement, etc.
  • Life and Religious Liberty.
    • repeal HHS mandate that attacks the religious values and principles of countless Americans.
  • Miscellaneous Programs.
    • block all funding for newly authorized discretionary programs contained in Obamacare and return reauthorized programs back to their pre-Obamacare levels.

How is what the Democrats are doing today any different than what the Republicans tried to do with Obamacare?

One of the differences is that Obamacare just made life more complex for the people. Originally Obama said that if you liked your insurance plan, you could keep it. He also said, if you like your Doctors you can keep them.

  • As it turned out Obama was wrong about both of them.
  • And your doctors are usually tied to your plan, and if you lose your plan you also lose your doctors.
  • This can be very dangerous to people undergoing treatments on life threatening major diseases. The doctor in treating those diseases is very critical to your health.

Additionally, the real problem that initiated this health reform was that of preexisting conditions.

This could have been resolved with the writing of a single Bill and making it law that insurance companies could not prevent or overly charge people that have preexisting conditions.

  • It would have been immediate, and simple.

What happens when you shut down the government and you are blamed for it?”

  • House Republicans answer then was: “We are simply calling to fund the entire government except for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.”

Doesn’t this sound a lot like the Democrats today saying we want to Clean DACA bill.

The Democrats fight back through the Senate Conservatives Fund, running radio ads against 3 Republican incumbents.

  • Heritage Action ran critical Internet advertisements in the districts of 100 Republican lawmakers who had failed to sign a letter by a North Carolina freshman, Representative Mark Meadows, urging Mr. Boehner to take up the defunding cause.
  • “When else in our history has a freshman member of Congress from N Carolina been able to round up a gang of 80 to ground the government to a halt?”
  • Capitol Hill, advocates found Tea Party conservatives, who repeatedly threaten to shut down the government if they do not get their way on spending issues.

This time they said they were so alarmed by the health law that they were willing to risk a shutdown over it. (“This is exactly what the public wants,” Despite Mrs. Bachmann’s

  • when the new online health insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, were set to open.
  • If the law took full effect as planned, many conservatives feared, it would be nearly impossible to repeal — even if a Republican president were elected in 2016.
  • And apparently they were right as Republican president Donald Trump failed to repeal Obamacare and his resistance included Republicans that act in concert with the Democrats to resist the repeal.

The basic problem of the US is the concept of the three branches of government being able to check whether the other branch, or branches have kept within the bounds of legal play.

  • There are three problems with that.
  • First, the Executive Branch hasn’t really been defined since the 1800s case of Marbury vs Madison as to the extent of Executive Powers.
  • Second, the possible Politicization of the Supreme Court
  • Third and probably the biggest problem in the US Constitution is the failure of congress to compromise for the benefit of the country and the people.

The Failure of the US Congress to Compromise for the Benefit of the American People, and the country

  • This is the issue of the century, but it accounts for the decline of the country from the 1970s until today.
  • The congressional gridlocks including the resultant government shutdowns can be attributed to the major and divergent goals of the two political parties.
  • The Democrats want a bigger government, and they want to give things to basically those people that don’t pay taxes, or pay so little. They seem to want Socialism rather than upholding the Democrat Republic created by our country’s founders.
  • The Republicans want smaller government and want the people to have jobs and use their money to do what they want with it.
  • Unfortunately, both parties support the Federal Income Tax with its Internal Revenue Code and TAX court.
  • The Internal Revenue Code in my opinion is the biggest contributor to the disproportionate distribution of wealth. It has created 540 US Billionaires and over 10.8 million millionaires through its many ways to avoid, reduce, or defer taxes.

DACA versus the WALL, Chain Immigration, and Merit Based Immigration

DACA is a lot like Obamacare in the sense that it is not as important to the whole country and the people as are the WALL, Chain Immigration and Merit Based Immigration.

The WALL solves multiple problems for the country and the people.

  • It significantly reduces Illegal Immigrant.
  • It is a deterrent to criminal activities like Illegal Drugs, Human Trafficking, Contraband, Gun Running and deaths of US Border Patrol and other Police Agencies that protect our borders.
  • Stopping the $25 billion dollars a year illegal drugs into the country has a double effect. It keeps the drug supply down, and the drug users who want these drugs without them.
  • Now Illegal Drug users is an issue that neither party addresses, But it causes an economic drain, increases criminal activities, and plays a part in suicides.
  • The number one threat to our borders is the Terrorist. It would make it more difficult than the current porous border for the Terrorists to get in and out of our country easy.


Chain Migration

What is the benefit for the country and its citizens to let one illegal get in and then bringing in the whole family?

  • It is also unfair to the Legal Immigrants that came into the US following the current immigration laws. Just because someone illegally crosses our border should they take preference over those that went through the legal immigration process?


Merit Based Systems

  • Shouldn’t we have a say on who can and cannot come into our country.
  • Do we want anymore criminals, as we have our jails and prisons overfilled with more than 2 million of them today.
  • Don’t we want people that want to continue the American Way as opposed to being their surrogate country?
  • Don’t we want people that can contribute and live on their own skills, as opposed to those that want socialism?

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      ptosis

      True, and non budget items shouldn't be tied to the budget vote.

    • ptosis profile image

      ptosis 

      8 months ago from Arizona

      Congress really has one big major job: pass a budget, these CR's are dumb.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Masters 

      9 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Pop

      That is a great idea. Maybe we can use impeachment, but then who in congress would be left to vote on the impeachment. :)

      Thanks

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      The Dems and a few Republicans are playing it fast and loose with the America people, their safety and their right to pursue their lives in peace. Laws must be enacted to make sure that Congress loses the right to shut our government down. As things stand now, Congress uses us as pawns and hostages.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile imageAUTHOR

      Brad Masters 

      9 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Well fellow Americans and legal Immigrants of the United States of America, the Democrats chose ILLEGAL Aliens over us, and our country. The Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free has been transformed to give me your Criminals and your people that you don't want or can't take care of, and we will take them gladly. We will feed and give them the same or better rights than we give our own Americans.

      Why, because they will vote Democrat? We as the democrats don't have a good or any platform that will win votes, so we will bring in Illegals. And although they can't vote, we won't check.

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