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that is what the shutdown is over and exactly what neither side is willing to budge on. I have MY suspicions why. what are others suspicion as to why?
When ideologies become as calcified, as cocooned and as extremist as those galvanizing the GOP, the American system of government cannot work. But I fear this nullification of the last two elections is a deliberate attempt to ensure that the American system of government as we have known it cannot work. It cannot, must not work, in the mindset of these radicals, because they simply do not accept the legitimacy of a President and Congress of the opposing party. The GOP does not regard the president as merely wrong – but as illegitimate. Not misguided – illegitimate. This is not about ending Obamacare as such (although that is a preliminary scalp); it is about nullifying this presidency, the way the GOP attempted to nullify the last Democratic presidency by impeachment.
Except this time, of course, we cannot deny that race too is an added factor to the fathomless sense of entitlement felt among the GOP far right. You saw it in birtherism; in the Southern GOP’s constant outrageous claims of Obama’s alleged treason and alliance with Islamist enemies; in providing zero votes for a stimulus that was the only thing that prevented a global depression of far worse proportions; in the endless race-baiting from Fox News and the talk radio right. And in this racially-charged atmosphere, providing access to private healthcare insurance to the working poor is obviously the point of no return.
Even though the law is almost identical to that of their last presidential nominee’s in Massachusetts, the GOP is prepared to destroy both the American government and the global economy to stop it.
I regard this development as one of the more insidious and anti-constitutional acts of racist vandalism against the American republic in my adult lifetime. Those who keep talking as if there are two sides to this, when there are not, are as much a part of the vandalism as Ted Cruz. Obama has played punctiliously by the constitutional rules – two elections, one court case – while the GOP has decided that the rules are for dummies and suckers, and throws over the board game as soon as it looks as if it is going to lose by the rules as they have always applied.
"What is happening tonight is happening tonight because this is what Republicans want to do. This is what they promised to do. This tactic...is an end in and of itself, and that is why there's no talking them out of it. Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down."
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Did I say anything about the workers? No. Try to get your head out of your rectum and READ before making stupid comments.
Besides, even if I had, they will get back pay for the time off so it's not like they are going to go without.
reply to post by Phage
JSpOC back in 2012 has been replaced with AGI software see this and their partners.
No. JSpOC was not replaced.
Let me restate my point.
1) The "space fence" was not shut down as a result of the government shut down. It was scheduled to be shut down at the end of the fiscal year.
2) NASA does not, and never did, track objects in space other than their satellites, which they are still doing.
3) Anything concerning national security is an "essential service" and will continue to operate during the shutdown.edit on 10/1/2013 by Phage because: (no reason given)
I have to say I'm mildly surprised.
I guess the pissing match was a tie.