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A recap of the past two days:

1. Kids with cancer are being turned away from NIH drug trials.

2. Cousin Halbarad and his wife, who are both park rangers, have been furloughed -- that is, they're no longer being paid -- and are not allowed to set foot in their own park, except to use the daycare.

3. The supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC) is not being funded.

4. A woman has gone missing at a national park in Idaho, and the park rangers who know the territory are actively prohibited from helping to look for her.

5. The Food and Drug Administration is currently not inspecting food or drugs for safety.

6. The Library of Congress is closed to researchers.

7. The intelligence agencies that prevent the terrorist attacks that security theater doesn't touch are running on 30% staffing.

But, goshdarnit, the Congresspersons who ordered all this to happen just so that people like me won't be able to afford health insurance because that's against freedom -- well, they're still getting paid!

What's wrong with this picture?

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jelazakazone
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
there are no words to express the rage I have at this situation. NONE.
frenchpony
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
We've been taken hostage by a small extremist political faction. That's what it is. I guess the only good thing that I can see about this is that most of the country seems to realize that that's what's going on.
jelazakazone
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
You know, I was actually thinking about your post about fundamentalist religion and how Congress (or well, a group of them), have taken over.

It's just ridiculous.
frenchpony
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
John Scalzi has a very impassioned post that lays much of the blame for How We Got To A Healthcare Crisis In The First Place at the feet of "angry Calvinism." I suspect that there's a lot of truth to that.
elliska
Oct. 3rd, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
I guess the only good thing that I can see about this is that most of the country seems to realize that that's what's going on.

God, I hope you are right. Where I live, Mitch McConnell (or however you spell that name) is so desperate to keep his job against the threats of Rand Paul, that all the news will print or say on TV is how brilliant this whole situation is and how it is about time someone stood up against the Evil Dictator Obummer. (That was actually a graphic on the local news channel). I hope that there are people in the world that can think for themselves, because in my state, they've all chewed too much tobacco to have any living brain cells left.
frenchpony
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Does the news in your state play the parts where the right-wing talking heads blow off the fact that poor people are losing food benefits? Might that penetrate at some point, do you think? Either the fact that the talking heads are saying it or that people in your state might actually start losing food benefits?
elliska
Oct. 3rd, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
That is what absolutely kills me about this. The people that would most benefit, both from a functioning Congress and the ACA, are the most vocal against both. They actually blame the Dems for not agreeing to defund the ACA. It goes back to that lack of living brain cells.
frenchpony
Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
I suppose it's down to the brilliant writing of Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone in 1776, then:

DICKINSON: spoken Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. And that is why they will follow us . . .

CHORUS OF CONSERVATIVES: sings To the right!
Ever to the right!
Never to the left!
Forever to the right!
Where there's gold,
A market that will hold,
Tradition to uphold,
Reluctance to be bold.
marta_bee
Oct. 6th, 2013 08:03 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I don't mind that they're getting paid. I suppose I should be mad about that aspect of things, and certainly don't blame the rage coming from other people. I guess a big part of me is just uncomfortable using the threat of not getting paid as punishment for how they vote. Plus if there's anyone we want working overtime right now, it's the people who need to arrange things so this shutdown (to say nothing of the larger sequester) can end.

That said: this whole situation is so far borked, it's not even funny. Sorry for the impact on your cousins in particular. Being furloughed is no fun at all.
frenchpony
Oct. 6th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Turns out I know a couple of other people who are directly affected by the shutdown. A family friend who's working in a government law office has likely been furloughed, as has another friend working for one of the intelligence agencies (and his girlfriend). It strikes me that all of the nice Secret Service people who guard President Obama's house in Hyde Park and who therefore hang around the synagogue all the time might not be getting paid (maybe the synagogue is giving them produce from its garden?). And finally, a lot of Little Sister Pony's research grant proposals might be stalled, since she's applying for NIH funding.

None of these people make massive amounts of money. Congress, on the other hand, makes six figures per year. It's October already, so they've already made the bulk of that six figures. I'm pretty sure they have enough financial cushion that I wouldn't shed tears over their lost salary had they lost any.
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