23 Sep

What’s really good in America People? It seems the powers that be can’t seem to get their ducks in a row and disperse out the proper monies to help keep our good ole US of A running on full power.  A Democratic majority Senate rejected a GOP spending plan which included less relief fund for natural disasters among other things.

According to CNN:

The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a House GOP temporary spending bill Friday, inching the federal government closer to yet another potential shutdown and risking the loss of sorely needed disaster recovery funds.

Hours earlier, GOP leaders pushed the bill through the Republican-controlled House in a 219-203 vote after adding a series of cuts vehemently opposed by their Democratic counterparts.

Both chambers of Congress must agree on new spending legislation to avoid a partial shutdown after the close of the current fiscal year on September 30.

The measure currently under deliberation — which would keep Washington running through November 18 — includes critical new disaster funding assistance for states hit hard by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and a series of recent wildfires and tornadoes. But Republicans want less disaster aid than their Democratic counterparts, and want to pay for it partly by cutting funding for programs designed to spur clean energy innovation.

The House passed a “common sense measure,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters during the Senate vote. “It’s time for the Senate to move.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced his intention to push for a new vote Monday on a compromise package incorporating the GOP’s lower overall disaster relief spending levels while eliminating any cuts to clean energy programs.

Congressmen and senators need to “cool off for a little bit,” Reid said Friday. “There’s a compromise here.”

“More reasonable heads will prevail,” he predicted.

This is the third time the government has been threatened with a shutdown this year alone. Legislators nearly forced Washington to start closing its doors in mid-April and again during the debt ceiling imbroglio in August.

Tea party-backed legislators have used a series of statutory deadlines — typically dealt with through non-controversial funding extensions — to push an ideological agenda of spending reductions at sharp odds with priorities in the Obama administration and elsewhere.

The latest standoff in Washington, however, could have far-reaching negative consequences beyond the political arena. Among other things, the new shutdown threat could further damage an already sputtering economy. Global trading partners are increasingly confused by a “political system that looks manifestly broken,” Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned Thursday. (Click Here To Read The Entire Story)


So in a nutshell how does this make you feel? I’m not a political expert however since Obama has become president and even before then I’ve been in tuned with what’s going on in the world. It took me getting laid off to appreciate what my government was all about. Now as we stand on the threshold of a potential changing of the guards in Washington, does it make you less or more likely to vote for Obama to remain in office next November?

I understand the road hasn’t been easy for anybody but do you think a Republican President is likely to turn things around? I firmly believe in President Barack Obama and I have faith that if he’s given the necessary backing and support could really make a lot of things happen. At a time like this we can’t afford a government shutdown because this only will drive a harden wedge into the minds of many that the Obama Administration isn’t getting the job done. In the end politics need to remain in the back yard so we can focus on improving our economy so people both rich and poor may survive.



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