I am so angry about my so-called government today. I want to tamp down the rage, but it’s been boiling over for two weeks already. For TWO weeks our government has stopped working, ground to a crushing stop by a bunch of whiny-ass white men. Congress has but one job, TO RUN THE GOVERNMENT. They are not doing their jobs. We need to fire them. Any other employee would get fired if they tried to shut their business down for no reason. You have to pay your bills or suffer the consequences. At least I do.
My aunt is working for FREE because she works for the VA. Her mentally ill vets still need care. That’s right, mental health care for our Veterans is considered non-essential. That’s how mass murders happen; when sick people who have access to weapons go off their meds. She has to go to work, paid or not. I hope she’s got all her hay already. She also has a farm, cows and horses that need to be fed. That is EXPENSIVE. I hope she’s all stocked up now. Her animals could starve if she runs out of food and hasn’t been paid. Seriously, think of that: horses starving because of the government shutdown. Because that is happening right now and worse…
Children are going hungry because their Head Start programs are deemed unnecessary. Head Start! Our most vulnerable citizens, CHILDREN are suffering because Congress is playing chicken with our country. Childcare is non-essential? Ask any parent what they think about that. Without childcare people can’t go to work.
My cousin is furloughed without pay. She can’t even check her work email. She got half a paycheck last week from the time she worked before the shutdown. She probably won’t get another paycheck. October is half over; November’s mortgage will be due soon. This is happening to millions of hard working Americans who just want to go to work. It’s damaging to think of oneself as non-essential. And we are finding out more and more every day that the people who are not are work, are missed. There are thousands of government programs that have been taken for granted. You only miss something once it’s gone.
We are missing USDA inspectors who inspect our food and who can access the damage to farmers in the mid-west that just suffered massive losses due to a harsh early snowfall. Cows suffocated under the snow and the government officials that need to deal with it are at home, unpaid. Thousands of people’s futures wait in the balance. I hope our Pistachios are clean.
The entire fleet of Alaska Crab Fishing Boats is currently waiting, only half afloat. The King Crab season is about to open and nobody has the permits to fish. If they don’t fish, millions of dollars of income will be lost. That is money that cannot be recouped. The Russian Fleet will catch all the crab and all the sales to Asia and the US. Thousands of people’s fortunes rely on this King Crab fishing season. They are all ready to go, just say the word. Let them do their job. Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch fame was in DC begging Congress to just let them fish.
Meanwhile, it’s still Hurricane season. The Gulf Coast isn’t going to be spared from inclement weather just because it is an inconvenient time. Federal Emergency workers were considered non-essential. They are not essential until there is an EMERGENCY. Unfortunately emergencies are not something you can predict. You need to be ready to react instantly, not a few weeks after the shutdown damage has been undone. Because the shutdown is damaging everything that works on a time table and requires supplies.
I’m worried about our Astronauts in space right now. NASA is unnecessary. Thankfully they are on an INTERNATIONAL space station, I’m sure the Japanese and Italian astronauts will share their oxygen and water if it comes to that. I hope that no meteorites enter our atmosphere though. NASA usually checks on that for us. Or rather, they used to.
All science is non-essential. Even the Center for Disease Control is shutdown. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel the need to risk people’s lives just because Congress can’t agree. I hope we don’t have an epidemic.
Our government research base at the South Pole is non-essential. People could FREEZE if supplies don’t make it to the South Pole. Seriously, FREEZE. If you leave all that equipment unattended through an Antarctic winter, it will ALL be lost. Millions of dollars have already been spent getting everything there, we can’t just abandon it! The South Pole will take it ALL. It makes me sick. The House Gym is open, but we are shutting down the South Pole. Which is more important to you, American Citizen? Is it really more important for Paul Ryan to lift weights or to allow the SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED CONTINUE?
I’m voting with science every time. I will never vote for the abs. Let Paul Ryan work out in his own private gym that he most likely already has. Or let him pay for a membership at a public gym like the rest of us. By the way, he’s still getting paid. Meanwhile, people could FREEZE and all of our scientific equipment could be lost. Congress might not care about the South Pole, but I do!
I care about the cows and the vets and the crabbers and astronauts and the MILLIONS of Americans who are out of a job right now. The people being hurt by Congress aren’t rich people, they are the hard working Americans who voted those clowns in. Congress doesn’t have to suffer. They get paid and have health care and a private gym. Well, the rest of us are drowning here.
We need to fire Congress! I have always been an advocate for voting, but I am ready to explode now. They can’t be allowed to run our country into the ground like this! We need to FIRE CONGRESS, each and EVERY one of them!
America PLEASE! I know none of us are happy now. This government shutdown is hurting us ALL. Remember this. Remember who did this to our country. VOTE.
Pennsylvania House Representative Mike Kelley and Senator Pat Toomey, consider yourselves fired.
Now open up my government and let my kids watch the Panda Cam!