Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I'm frustrated....I only have the full use of one good arm...I have to strain to use the other....I had just finished writing what I thought was a brilliant post on the current government shutdown and I accidentally lost control of my bad arm and eliminated the entire post...

It was indeed one of my was witty and filled with metaphors and analogies and well...No need in talking about, the reader will never see it...It's lost out there in cyberspace...

So I'm frustrated...I've got six more weeks to learn how to operate with one good arm and a semi good, surgically repaired arm...while under the influence of powerful pain killers...I suppose the quality of my writing is showing (or not showing) as it may be.

So picture this...I'm frustrated...If you're an American Citizen , who is employed and depends on the government for any reason whatsoever...You probably are frustrated too...Not as much as I personally am with my own limitations...but you are frustrated....

So here is the current situation...and I pray I don't lose this...The White House soundly rejected a House plan to avoid default as Senate Democratic and Republican continued working on a deal that would extend U.S. borrowing.

The White House says the latest proposal from Republican leaders in the House of Representatives for reopening the government and extending the nation's borrowing cap is a partisan effort to appease tea party conservatives. It praises bipartisan negotiations in the Senate as a good-faith effort to end the partial government shutdown and avoid an economy-shaking default.

The White House also announced it will meet with House Democratic leaders Tuesday afternoon as negotiations continue and a deadline to raise the debt ceiling moves ever closer.

White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage says a House Republican proposal that would attach health care law changes to shut-down and debt ceiling measures is a "partisan attempt to appease a small group of tea party Republicans who forced the government shut down in the first place."

Meanwhile, A Senate agreement to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations was getting close on Tuesday morning.

Congressional aides predicted Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky(what a team!) could seal an agreement on Tuesday, just two days before the Treasury Department says it will run out of borrowing capacity.

We can only hope...

The emerging pact (of this unholy union) would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally until early to mid-February, easing dual crises that have sapped confidence in the economy and taken a sledgehammer to the GOP's poll numbers.

"The general framework is there" between Reid and McConnell, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. He said conversations with the House were continuing and he thought it would be midday Tuesday at the earliest before a plan was finalized.

As expected..Many House conservatives were unhappy about the emerging framework, though it remained to be seen whether they would seek to change it.

The plan is a far cry from the assault on "Obamacare" that Tea Party Republicans originally demanded as a condition for a short-term funding bill to keep the government fully operational. It lacks the budget cuts demanded by Republicans in exchange for increasing the government's $16.7 trillion borrowing cap. Nor does the framework contain any of a secondary set of House GOP demands, like a one-year delay in the health law's mandate that individuals buy insurance. Instead, it appeared likely to tighten income verification requirements for individuals who qualify for Obamacare subsidies and may repeal a $63 fee that companies must pay for each person they cover under the big health care overhaul beginning in 2014.

Democratic and Republican aides described the outlines of the potential agreement on condition of anonymity because the discussions were ongoing.

But with GOP poll numbers plummeting and the country growing weary of a shutdown entering its third week, Senate Republicans in particular were eager to end the shutdown — and avoid an even greater crisis if the government were to default later this month.

Any legislation backed by both Reid and McConnell can be expected to sail through the Senate, though any individual senators could delay it. But it's another story in the House, where it wasn't winning a lot of fans among conservatives...As to be expected...

As the Senate opened for business Monday, Senator, Harry Reid said he was "very optimistic we will reach an agreement this week that's reasonable in nature."

Moments later,Dr. No...I mean Senator Mitch  McConnell seconded Reid's assessment.
"We have had an opportunity over the last couple of days to have some very constructive exchanges of views about how to move forward," McConnell said. "Those discussions continue, and I share (the) optimism that we're going to get a result that will be acceptable to both sides."

The Earth is coming to an end! 


In addition to approving legislation to fund the government until late this year and avert a possible debt crisis later this week or month, the potential pact would set up broader budget negotiations between the GOP-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate. One goal of those talks would be to ease automatic spending cuts that began in March and could deepen in January, when about $20 billion in further cuts are set to slam the Pentagon.

Democrats were standing against a GOP-backed proposal to suspend a medical device tax that was enacted as part of the health care law.

Democrats also were seeking to preserve the Treasury Department's ability to use extraordinary accounting measures to buy additional time after the government reaches any extended debt ceiling. Such measures have permitted Treasury to avert a default for almost five months since the government officially hit the debt limit in mid-May, but wouldn't buy anywhere near that kind of time next year, experts said.

Some lawmakers are frustrated that defusing the immediate standoff simply sets up another fight next year.
"It's punting because no one, Democrats, Republicans wants to face up — and the American people — to the tough reality that we're in," said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. "It's all a temporary fix."

Is your level of frustration rising with each and everyday of this posturing, from both sides?  Yeah ,mine is too...With this and with only the use of one good arm and half of another arm....

Let me click on the save button...So I don't lose this...

1 comment:

Arlene said...

Stand strong cousin! Your arm will heal and your strength will be restored. I know 3 little people who want your strong arms hugging them. And I know there is ONE woman who is waiting for a tender embrace.

These republicans are strumming my nerves! One had the gall to lead in the singing of Amazing Grace at their meeting yesterday. He couldn't possibly understand the words of the song and believe that they are on God's side. Their thinking is skewered. They think God is on their side, the side of the frightened old white men who lost the Civil War. God directed against evil then and now.

So, my young cousin, follow the scripture. I remind myself regularly not to "fret over evildoers." They're the grass that quickly shrivels in the light of the sun (I prefer Son!)


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