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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24386086 (could end right now)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24404007 (nobody is winning)

I agree with President Obama that the shutdown could end today, right now, if there was good will in Congress and if meeting financial obligations were not contingent on President Obama’s administration ending the already implemented Affordable Care Act.  It’s there to stay.

“Mission Critical”

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/03/christine-lagarde-us-debt-crisis-shutdown (mission critical)

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the US Government shut down is a ‘mission critical.’  It will affect global economy if it does not end soon: ‘Mission critical.’

John Boehner

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24404413 (‘This isn’t some damn game’)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24388669 (factious Congress)
John Boehner

John Boehner

The current kerfuffle is all about money.  Insurance companies were able to make large profits by denying healthcare to people who had paid their premiums but whose illness was deemed — by the insurance companies — a pre-existing condition.  In other words, insurance companies got rich, but all too often, they got rich at the cost of human lives.

The Affordable Care Act was long overdue.  Humans congregate into nations and they pay their taxes so they can live in safety.  One does not let people die because they cannot afford the health care they require.

It would appear John Boehner is dealing with a factious Congress, hardline Republicans.


In my opinion, it would be best to deal first with the debt ceiling crisis.  Failure to do so could have serious repercussions, not only for Americans but also for the citizens of other nations around the world.  Tying that issue to the Affordable Care Act is unreasonable and manipulative.  It is in fact extremely ugly.  It makes the Republican seem mindless.

Why not take one thing at a time.  This is a fabricated crisis.  It could end right now.

Nat “King” Cole sings “Autumn Leaves”

untitled© Micheline Walker
October 4, 2013