The government spending crisis in Washington, DC still was not done on Friday, but the four days government jobs and benefits were taken away from federal workers did not strike a blow that will grind the federal enterprises that support citizens to a halt. San Diego representatives stay ready to come to the table with hardened conservative guards enlisted to lower the national debt, no exceptions for spending on veterans and college students, and, stabilize the recovery gains with a government start up.
President Barack Obama, Thursday, took the public stage in Rockville, Maryland to save the country from slow deal making work, saying there is only one urgent action needed to pay America's bills and put government back to work, "raise the debt ceiling."
No objections from local representative Scott Peters (D-San Diego). His commitment to a fair quid pro quo with the people keeps him willing to pay the price of giving up his government salary until the shutdown is done, having said, this week, "If we don't pass a budget, we shouldn't getpaid." He immediately voiced his disappointment in the majority party's decision on the shutdown, and will not step aside to let the low government funding period drag on and put stress onthe country's economy, and San Diego.
Cuts in the government workforce have not topped out in San Diego. Without a quick reversal on the decision, the federal court workers downtown and throughout the county, not considered essential, will begin furloughs after 10 shutdown days are up to keep the government law practice up and running. Veterans benefits only last through October 30th. Civilian military worker cuts continue. Social Security, not currently counted among the voided federal payment commitments, will get taken into account for operational cost savings after a shutdown runs long, and the payments get cut off. Entrepreneurs and business owners have no relief coming,and have to pull commercial enterprises ahead without the aid of loans from the SBA that hands out 1 billion dollars a month during normal operations.
The President's recovery plan remains unforfeited. The plan is to follow up on the government work he said sped up the recovery that created 7.5 million jobs in the last three and a half years. Thursday, he said, "benefits and services will resume again."
Local representative Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) has soberly undertaken his own plan to work on a congressional agreement to get government funded.
Passage of the Pay Our Military Act in Congress to save military members from pay delays the first shutdown day was just a first step taken to hold the government work together. Furloughed workers are taking their spots back as the obligatory and the vital government functions, such as veterans affairs services given out at hospitals and FEMA emergency work, get funded by the congress again.
San Diegans are already drawing on the benefits of President Obama's critical victory during the shutdown. The open registration at the health care exchanges. Covered California outreach is underway in San DIego. Educational events are scheduled for Pacific Beach and SDSU. Obama's reminder, "the government is now shutdown, but the Affordable Care Act is still open for business," led Americans to turn out in mass to register online for the exchanges. Millions across the country registered online this week.
Defense funding and health care research funding stay in focus in Congress in Washington, DC. An official reopening for the Cabrillo National Monument in Pt. Loma visitors must get turned away from is one small step in the natural course to a government start up.
This is an On The Watch Take.