Thursday, December 18, 2014

Government shutdown

10/2/2013

I am writing this on the second day of the government shutdown. I have just informed all my contractors of a delay in the home improvement projects we are doing. All other discretionary spending is on hold. This government shutdown ostensibly is about the Affordable Healthcare Act, which would benefit many millions of people including many with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes (even type 2) that prevent them from getting health care. What civil, moral, and compassionate society would be against affordable health care?

A small group of radical-right, destructive representatives is using affordable health care as leverage to try to get their way. Make no bones about it, if they were to succeed, then Social Security and Medicare would be the next attack. Look at my representative, Lynn Jenkins, who is complicit or even part of this clique. Her annual congressional salary is $174,000, and she gets travel expenses, very good medical care and a defined benefit pension, as well as other perks. A government shutdown does not affect her at all. She will have a heavenly retirement.

I am writing this on the second day of the government shutdown. I have just informed all my contractors of a delay in the home improvement projects we are doing. All other discretionary spending is on hold. This government shutdown ostensibly is about the Affordable Healthcare Act, which would benefit many millions of people including many with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes (even type 2) that prevent them from getting health care. What civil, moral, and compassionate society would be against affordable health care?

A small group of radical-right, destructive representatives is using affordable health care as leverage to try to get their way. Make no bones about it, if they were to succeed, then Social Security and Medicare would be the next attack. Look at my representative, Lynn Jenkins, who is complicit or even part of this clique. Her annual congressional salary is $174,000, and she gets travel expenses, very good medical care and a defined benefit pension, as well as other perks. A government shutdown does not affect her at all. She will have a heavenly retirement.

There is going to be huge economic damage from this that affects ordinary people, and we now can see what the radical faction in the House of Representatives thinks about ordinary people. The current estimate is that this is causing $200 million a day in damage. Even more, however, is that the elderly, those near retirement, and others trying to plan for a stable and secure retirement better be very concerned about the storm ahead as Social Security and Medicare become a target.

 

— Richard Coleman,

Ottawa

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