This morning CBS News reported Congress Approval rating at 10% and yesterday over 2 million signed up on Day 1 for affordable healthcare. This article began as an effort to gauge whether the GOP Shutdown is annoying and fruitless, which led to the uncovering of what may be some little known history of Iceland. The definition this writer chose for the GOP Shutdown is a "muscleless effort to validate a lack of GOP political prowess while demonstrating kindergarten capers. " Daniel Tilson, West Palm Beach Liberal Examiner gave a great list of "Top 10 Reasons to Ignore GOP Government Shutdown" It's a good read.
Facebook users, not all of whom were Boehner followers, posted their discontent on John Boehner's Fan page. The supporters observed were fewer than the dissenters, both on Facebook and comments in the USA Today news story which appears to be penned by Boehner. The opinion this is owned by Obama was not well received in the effort to blame the Democrats for the GOP Shutdown, the name many adhere to.
John Boehner (Facebook)
The House has acted. Now it’s time for the Senate to listen to the American people who don’t want a government shutdown, and don’t want ObamaCare
LuAnn Martin Mr. Speaker...you and your cohorts own this Shutdown. The ACA is the law of the land. How dare you hold us all hostage while you sit there doing NOTHING and collecting your paychecks. Republicans keep talking about "what the American people want." You obviously have no clue. We want a government that works AND affordable healthcare. Now get back to work...oh and thanks for ensuring so many Republican losses in the next round of elections. We won't forget this!
Tracy Vance This whole thing is ridiculous..all of you are just playing politics ... Both parties. It's a shame and disgrace. If you want to do something productive...change the law that allows members of Congress to get their salaries...Congress is our problem...you all should be fired...Congress is bringing down the USA
Richard R Shapiro · Top Commenter · Tampa Bay, FL
Boehner needs to grow a set. He is without a doubt the most ineffectual Speaker of the house ever. And that is including both parties.(USA)
Rich Nessler · Top Commenter
Why won't Boehner put a clean CR up for a vote in the House? Because it would pass with Democrats and moderate Republicans, and rather than do that and keep Government functioning he is holding the country hostage to achieve an ideological pipe dream. The Tea Party will lose this battle, the only question is how much damage Boehner will allow them to inflict before he allows a vote.
Felix Arena - Obama campaigned on a platform of healthcare - 2008
- Obama was elected - 2008
- Congress passed the healthcare bill.
- It was signed into law; It is the law of the land
- The Supreme Court has confirmed the legality
- Obama was re-elected confirming his commitment to healthcare - 2012
- House Republicans have failed 44 times to repeal Obamacare.
- Threatening the US economy, to deny health care coverage to millions of American citizens is unconscionable.
- Threatening the US economy, against the will of the people, to subvert the law of the land, is extortion.
- Such premeditated, politically motivated action perpetrated against non-combatant likely meets the US definition of terrorism
What About Iceland?
Whenever the standoff ends and the smoke clears, America will likely be left with enduring federal dysfunction, a condition which has become dated. What do the American people do with a nation that no longer functions according to the principles it was founded upon?
A significant virtually unknown historical undertaking, which received little or no mainstream media attention was Iceland's peaceful, for lack of a better word "revolution." Iceland, in an unprecedented move, chose to let their banks fail, granted its people debt relief and revamped its entire government 1 year ago.
Mainly, the story was picked up by activists, blogs or underground publications, however, Bloomberg reported Iceland's "record debt relief as the best crisis recovery story" ever. If you have not read about Iceland, these are all a must read. Perhaps we should be studying this case rather than burying it. Two, not one, count them two Nobel prize winning economists, Joe Stiglitz, American economist and professor at Columbia University and Paul Krugman, an American economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor were quoted lauding Iceland for its economic recovery:
Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz notes:
What Iceland did was right. It would have been wrong to burden future generations with the mistakes of the financial system.
Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman writes:
What [Iceland's recovery] demonstrated was the … case for letting creditors of private banks gone wild eat the losses.
Americans may not see much more than the foundation of change while Obama is still in office, sadly, because his election as President was the harbinger of change, peeling back the layers of our flaws and imperfections as a nation and making it impossible for the GOP or Tea Party dissenters to sit calmly and quietly unnoticed. This is a time for assessing our true colors and they are not just red, white and blue.