Government shutdown…the damn government has shutdown. What in the hell is wrong with these people? It’s like a bunch of kids fighting over the same damn crayon! And, from my understanding, the president refuses to work with them. No talking, no negotiating, no working things out together…really?!?
There are a few things that have come to a halt since the shutdown that don’t make much sense to me…well, none of the shit closed down and stopped makes sense to me. But there are a few that have rubbed me the wrong way.
Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that aid our Veterans in understanding and dealing with their benefits have closed. Our Veterans fought and sacrificed for this country and some of those sacrifices would make the average citizen shit their pants. Their compensation, pension and education has been brought to a halt as well, from what I hear. Is this how our government should treat the ones who gave their all for this country???
National parks, memorials and museums have closed. This is just another form of a man “pitchin’ a fit” and throwin’ a damn tantrum. These closings do nothing to help the debt issues in this country, in my opinion.
Small business loans have been stopped. Small businesses and business owners are already suffering due to this economy and the Obamacare crap and now they can’t do what they need to stay afloat??? Small business owners are being punished for no reason. Say what you want, but these people help shape us and remain a solid backbone for our country.
Research for life-threatening diseases has stopped too. Seriously??? Due to a group of people who can’t sit and talk things out like adults and one man who refuses to help, we have to put research like this on hold? There are several researchers studying things like sexual arousal in anesthetized female rats (at Dartmouth college) and developing a video game that simulates a high school prom (half-million dollar grant for this one!) Are you kidding me? Where are the priorities???
Certain kinds of work have come to a halt that protect all of us…things like child public safety and the safety of hazardous waste facilities. EPA hasn’t been doing any “non-essential” inspections of chemical places or drinking water systems. Why does this country jump to help and give financial aid to other countries, yet refuses to take care of its own citizens?
Federal employees have been put on furlough that help fight terrorism, defend our borders, inspect our food and watch our skies. What the hell? I am so damn disappointed! It is sad to have leaders and lawmakers acting like little spoiled brats!
The death benefits for military families have been cut off. This includes the monetary benefits and basic housing allowance. Four soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week are the first this happened to. Let me repeat that one more time…FOUR SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN LAST WEEK…defending this country, paying the ULTIMATE PRICE, leaving behind grieving families….And get this shit, their families can meet the plane at Dover Air Force Base but must pay their own way to get there! Seriously?!? Their names are…Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25; Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24; and First Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25. Read the article for yourself, if you want. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/us/politics/shutdown-holds-up-death-benefits-for-military-families.html?_r=1&
WIC has stopped issuing benefits. That is almost 9 million moms, infants and toddlers suffering. Formula and healthy food should be a major priority for new moms and their babies. Yes, I am well aware that some people abuse this program and many other programs out there…but can we please think for one minute about the people this programs helps? These are babies! How many people have to suffer due to our “government” squabbling and not working together?
And it may not matter to most, but commissaries were closed as well. I don’t know why people think the military make mega bucks, but let me tell ya something…they don’t. Lots of families depend on the commissary for their family’s groceries. Some families have only one car or have to car pool. So, the commissaries shutting down did hurt a lot of families. I would like to thank Sam’s Club for waiving membership fees for the military through this ridiculous shutdown. Sam’s Club has really stepped up and extended a helping hand.
Well, there you have it. I apologize for this being a little long, but I really think these could have been avoided. We are hurting, as a nation. We are turning a blind eye to what’s going on around us. We are bowing down and accepting shitty treatment for no reason. We can do better than this.