Sometimes I have to go away/ So I come back here/ Home is out there in the sky/ It’s that place of pure consciousness/ When chaos finally succumbs to order/ In its ever exploding alignment of us all/ Michelle Dent (ninewhitetulips)
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I am quoting a tiny, tiny portion of a piece that says everything I’ve been trying to write about ever since I started this blog: food politics, poverty, how and what people eat (and how we have no business policing it), etc. etc.
Only that, since this is written by Latoya Peterson, it is better articulated than I ever could.
This piece is incredible.
please read this.
Fucking finally. (Video downloadable(!) and mp3)
^^^ really. I love what you said Obama, but this was wayyyy past due.
What it’s about, what will happen afterwards, etc., etc., which I am happy to answer!
What’s it about in a nutshell:
- As I’m sure you know, Congress is required each fiscal year to approve a budget. The Democrats failed to do so last fiscal year, so it has been shunted along until now with temporary measures, the last of which expires tonight at midnight.
- According to Democrat representatives, an agreement on the numbers has been reached between the two parties. However, the House Republicans are refusing to change the riders on the budget bill, so the Democrat dominated Senate will not pass the budget.
- Riders, for anyone who doesn’t know, are provisions attached to bills that will be met once the bill is passed. It’s a way of pushing through social legislation without actually having to vote specifically on that social legislation.
- It appears that the Republicans will not relent and present a budget that does not deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. “But Miss O,” you may ask me, “how do youknow that this isn’t about the numbers?”. To which I answer, PP receives $360 million per year from the federal government, which would add a mere .01% in cuts to the budget. Are we really going to be naive enough to pretend that the Republicans are more concerned about that .01% than they are about controlling women?
What will happen if the government shuts down?
- Non-essential government employees will be laid off (or “furloughed”) until the government reopens. No paychecks, no work, nothing. Keep in mind, this does not include Congresspersons and any staff member they decide are “essential” (the people who HAVEN’T done their job), but does include…
- Military personnel: People employed by the military will continue to work, and will be paid through today. But they will not be paid their earned wages again until the government shutdown ends. (Meaning that the government will have to pay back these wages, with interest, costing us more.)
- The IRS: The IRS will have limited functioning. It will not change the April 18th tax deadline, but will not process any paper returns.
- Passport processing, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Housing Administration, and the National Park Service will be shut down entirely.
- The EPA, State Dept., Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Dept. of Homeland Security, and many more will operate at a very limited capacity
- Projects contracted out by the federal government to private industry (such as defense contracting, which both of my parents work in) will be in jeopardy, resulting in a possible loss of private sector jobs
So there you have it. And again…is this worth $360 million?
In case anyone wants to catch up on the basics.