Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ignorant Fool):
"People are probably going to realize they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed."
There it is, your "reinvented" Republican party, always reaching out to Americans with that big, white helping hand.
Maybe Marsha, Marsha, Marsha should have taken a peek at the number of posts on the devastating effects the GOP government shutdown is having on this country, the reporting by newspapers and other online publications on how more and more Americans are struggling. It's a little staggering, but to Blackburn and her buddies... meh.
Here are but a few of the headlines out there:
- Shutdown puts many furloughed workers in financial distress: For many workers on furlough who live paycheck to paycheck, the shutdown has caused them to fall behind on rent, car and credit card payments and other bills.
- Government shutdown puts a wrench in housing market: The shutdown is delaying home sales and approval of loans because lenders rely on government data, such as verification of borrowers' income, that aren't available.
- Blizzard ravages South Dakota's livestock industry: The 6,000 ranching operations that were hit have no safety net, thanks to the federal government shutdown.
- Stuck and hungry at the Grand Canyon: The federal government shutdown leaves hundreds of workers, many of them private, without pay and relying on food banks to get by.
- Workplaces Go Without Safety Inspections During The Shutdown: OSHA has furloughed 90 percent of its staff in the shutdown, leaving it only able to respond to serious emergencies.
- The Shutdown Sucks For Everyone But Is Taking A Bigger Toll On Women: Many of the programs that are running out of funding or are on hold help women.
And that's just for starters. Pretty appalling, huh?
But to Marsha, all of that is good news.