There's so much news bouncing around the Internet Machine today regarding the utterly avoidable, destructive, and idiotic GOP government shutdown that all the stories deserved a round-up post of their own. Some of the reports are infuriating, some are somewhat reassuring, some are heartbreaking, and others are actually amusing, in a dark, What Are They Thinking? kind of way.
I retort, you deride, starting with this "Libertarian Magic Dust" video:
About 30 children a week can't get treatment at NIH because of shutdown. "I'm sorry, you can't come," child cancer patients are being told.
— Tom Burton (@TomBurtonWSJ) October 1, 2013
Department of Defense suspends all intercollegiate competitions at the Service Academies. Decision on AF-Navy football will be made Thursday
— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) October 1, 2013
Food not inspected, diseases/flu unchecked, nutrition programs slashed, tourism industry hurt, stock market down. #GOPgovtshutdown
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) October 1, 2013
Cost of the government shutdown? $1.6 billion a week, $300 million a day, or $12.5 million an hour. http://t.co/kJ4Puj7lyi
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 1, 2013
We have a winner:
GOP Congressman concedes defeat on Obamacare: "We've lost this battle. We need to move on..." http://t.co/rKwrcNnXbL
— Salon.com (@Salon) October 1, 2013
A handful of Republicans in the lower chamber on Tuesday embraced a “clean” continuing resolution (CR): Reps. Pat Meehan (Pa.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Scott Rigell (Va.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Frank Wolf (Va.).
They joined Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and GOP New York Reps. Pete King and Michael Grimm, who endorsed a clean CR earlier this week.
Senate Democrats believe that Republican efforts to force a vote on what some in the GOP have characterized as a congressional “exemption” are designed to politically corner Democrats like Kay Hagan of North Carolina or Mark Pryor in Arkansas, who represent more conservative states. Democrats contend that Republicans just want to campaign on the issue, while hoping the amendment will not pass. [...]
Reid’s office decided Tuesday morning to release the documents to POLITICO. [...]
It bears repeating again that the original intent of the provision that is causing leaders so much trouble was merely to force Congressional staff on to Obamacare exchanges, not to have those employees get no employer contribution toward their care.
And if you need a good laugh, House Republicans to move piecemeal funding bills:
House Republicans on Tuesday will move to re-open small portions of the federal government, bringing up bills to fund the National Park Service, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and operations for the District of Columbia. [...]
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his team are trying to deflect blame for the shutdown and show that Republicans are still doing their part to keep open important parts of the government.
Dems pledge to reject GOP 'piecemeal' effort to fund parks, vets http://t.co/59lfaE9DPH
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 1, 2013