This is cute. I love readers!
Airhorn Classics by Ylvis.
Possibly the funniest thing they’ve made.
You love so much, you love when love hurts.
How can I ask anyone to love me when all I do is beg to be left alone?
—Fiona Apple, Left Alone
Wow, this is fascinating.
For those that are fed up with the shutdown, I very much encourage you to exercise your political voice. Here is my letter to Speaker John Boehner, who is currently refusing to schedule a clean bill on government funding, which could end the shutdown (see: this interview). It is a collage of other excellent and well-written comments interspersed with my own thoughts. Feel free to copy and paste if you agree and are feeling lazy.
Even if you don’t agree, tell the Speaker! Use the political voice that the United States has afforded you!
I have included the link to the contact form for Speaker John Boehner for your convenience.
Speaker John Boehner,
You want a conversation with the President for negotiation purposes.
This is the list of things you want:
1. Cuts to Medicare.
2. Cuts to social security.
3. Cuts to Obamacare.
4. Cuts to a large number of other social programs.
Here’s the list of things you’re willing to give up:
This is not a negotiation. You don’t want to have a conversation, you want to dictate terms. For a negotiation to take place there needs to be a certain amount of give and take. All I see is a list of demands. “Do as I say or I’ll burn down your house” is not a negotiation tactic - it’s a threat. Some might even call it extortion. You have allowed time, energy and money on votes against the Affordable Care Act 42 times on any given day knowing you don’t have the votes, yet can’t quite seem to bring a vote to the floor to keep the nation running and not take the economy further down because you say we need to trust you that no one would vote for it.
The GOP refused to negotiate on a budget for most of the year, and now put countless families out of income (which many probably can’t fiscally survive) as a means to get their way on an issue that they’ve lost on- that has already been voted and signed into LAW. Every other time a president negotiated during these crises it was never about undoing a law that the other side didn’t like. We’ve had the conversation and it didn’t go the way Republicans wanted.
That said, Republicans love to raise the Debt Ceiling when they’re in office. More specifically, it lists 18 increases to the debt ceiling between February 1981 and September 1987 under President Ronald Reagan. There were seven increases between January 2001 and January 2009 during George W. Bush’s presidency. Now suddenly the party is against raising the Debt Ceiling?
The absolute inconsistencies and outright lies that you are spouting are truly disturbing. It’s all too easy to take away someone else’s living when you still have a heavy wallet. This entire situation is a scam by the American Congress to leave the American people- the people that Congress supposedly represents- high and dry. Are we living in a democracy if our representatives are not representing us? No.
ter·ror·ism noun 1. The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
You are using intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. You are an extremist. By this definition, you are a terrorist.
A vote needs to be called, and this pointless and immature shutdown needs to end.
P.S. I very much encourage you to stop claiming to represent the “American people.” I absolutely do not agree with your current actions, and I know countless others who concur. Instead, perhaps start saying what you really mean: the Tea Party.