It's been breaking news across the web today "Government Shutdown", a dark phase as deadlines to reach decisions are not met, at the heart of the impasse is ObamaCare, formerly titled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Did you know, this is the biggest regulatory overhaul of the country's healthcare system since the 1960's? Yes, that's right, the last major one was Medicare/Medicaid. It should also be mentioned that these programs along with Social Security will be affected during this Government Shutdown, should it continue.
Not only is our country CRYING OUT for change, the need for it, is more apparent then ever. Now more than ever we need to come together and support each other, to rally in the strength of our Government and to not shut ourselves down, because we still haven't come to a space where we can ammicably resolve conflict, and open our hearts and minds toward change.
Budget Director Sylvia Burwell seems to agree, today she stated "“We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations.”
I think it's safe to say, that if a major agreement can't be reached, we should be able to come to some sort of at least temporary compromise, so that life can continue on as "normal" though I dare to begin to define what that is, particularly during these times of rapid changes.
What seems to be the hold up? While it may not be classy to draw lines of separation within our lives, let alone within our Government, unfortunately we have set that as the standard as Capulet's battle out against Montagues... oh wait, I am sorry that was Romeo and Juliet in the 15th Century, it can be hard to tell the difference. Red against Blue? a nation pitted against itself through Democratic and Republican Parties. Currently threatening unjustified missiles in Syria to resolve some sense of conflict, and stand as some form as "example", and meanwhile, we are taking down our own people?
The healthcare crisis in America is staggering, it comes across as an often malicious attack on the middle class to working class people, where lines of humanity are drawn based on the amount of money in your wallet? This is how we are choosing to value/de-value human life? Can we not wager on things that truly matter such as courage, kindness, and friendship? Can we not create a society that takes care of our sick, and honors the mill worker as similarly as the CEO? It can be safe to say that until we do, we are at a major loss here.
It comes down to a position greater than opinion and that is that we are putting ourselves in a position to sustain, great loss, should this shutdown continue.
“That would mean that the economic impact from a month-long shutdown would be roughly equal to the combined disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, not counting the property damage that accompanied those storms,” [Source Yahoo]
"With the shutdown now in effect, the federal government could cost the U.S. economy approximately $1 billion a week in lost pay as workers across agencies are furloughed indefinitely." [Source Yahoo Finance]
So let's create that this does not happen, dreamers. Now is the time more than ever to rally together as a collective conscious and to visualize great change, but do so with more than just your hopes and wishes and prayers, though a great start. Write to your local congressmen, tell them where you stand, demand change, and don't ever let anyone fool you into believing that a small group of people can't make a difference, they are the only ones who ever have - Margaret Mead said that (Author of Coming of Age in Samoa)
Now is the time, more than ever, now is the time for love, for change, peace, to rise above. We urge you to end the shutdown sooner than later Congress, and focus on what truly matters, the health and well being of the American people.
by Ashley Davene