For those who like the creepy or macabre, there’s video of Aaron Alexis walking around the Navy Yard with a Remington 870 shotgun.
I don’t see how we avoid a government shutdown. The Democrats are not going to negotiate on a bill that’s already passed Congress and has already been verified by the Supreme Court. ObamaCare is the law of the land. The Democrats are not going to back down or cave on this issue. President Barack Obama said that he is not going to negotiate with the good faith and credit of the American government. I think this is the stance he should’ve taken years ago. Instead, he capitulated, waffled and negotiated. I believe this has emboldened Republicans to believe that they only need to bluster in order for Democrats to go and cower in the corner. This time, it looks to me like Democrats are going to hold strong. There’s a significant fraction of the Republicans in the House who don’t believe in negotiation. Therein lies the impasse. There was a ridiculously cute story in the Washington Post this morning. Some reporter went to Westchester, Ohio, which is in John Boehner’s district. The reporter walked around and talked to a bunch of his constituents about the imminent government shutdown. Nobody knew anything. It seemed as if nobody knew that there was an imminent government shutdown. One gentleman said, “they’ll work it out – they always do.” I think this guy is 100% wrong. I think we are in for some significant badness.
The newest version of Grand Theft Auto is now in stores. Before you blow this off as one of those things, this videogame was released on Tuesday. It sold over $800 million on Tuesday alone. I don’t play Grand Theft Auto, but maybe I should. Almost a billion in sales in one day. Holy millionaire, Batman.
Guess what? The GOP has voted to defund the Affordable Care Act again. Congressman John Boehner, standing in front of a sign which reads – #SenateMustAct – stated, “The House has listened to the American people. Now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.” Basically, this is a stopgap spending measure that also defunds the Affordable Care Act and sucks oxygen out of the economic recovery. Then again, what’s new? If I’m not mistaken, this is the 43rd time the Republicans have voted to defund the Affordable Care Act. But, hey, what’s in a number? Let’s be clear. The Democrats in the Senate basically have two options. First, they could pass the spending measures and restore funding for the Affordable Care Act. Or, they can simply not bring the bill to the floor and declare it dead on arrival.
Food stamps? We don’t need any food stamps. At least, the House GOP does not believe that we need any food stamps. Once again, Americans need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, according to the GOP. Too many Americans are simply sitting around and enjoying food stamps. From economist Robert Greenstein (Center for Budget and Policy Priorities), “The House’s passage today of the Republican leadership’s bill to cut SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) by almost $40 billion over the next decade marks a new low for an already dysfunctional Congress. It would increase hunger and hardship all across our country. By cutting food assistance for at least 3.8 million low-income people in the coming year — including some of the very poorest Americans, many children and senior citizens, and even veterans — this cruel, if not heartless, legislation could jeopardize a vital stepping stone to many families who are still struggling to find work or who depend on low-wage jobs. As the nation slowly climbs out of the deepest recession in decades — with 22 million people still unemployed or underemployed — millions of families rely on SNAP to help feed their children.”