The Monday announcement of the Federal Government shutdown fell on deaf ears for most Americans. With the economic recovery stuck in low gear, few citizens will find empathy for government employees furloughed for a few days.
It all comes down to one issue, “Obama Care.” This is a classic floor fight between the political Left and Right, with neither side of the isle compromising (much.) Raising the “debt ceiling” will be required to pay the interest on the national debt. And, without an approved budget, that’s not going to happen.
So, the Republican leadership is leveraging the deficit against “Obama Care.” They want the “Health Care Act” extended, modified or rescinded. By most accounts, the latter is not going to happen.
Tuesday was the first day of open enrollment for “Obama Care.” by some accounts, a muted beginning.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. see’s the “Affordable Care Act” as something the Republican Party must protect the people from. The issues are many, but for Conservatives, it's often one of constitutionality, as it applies to “forced” compliance to a law presented and passed by the Democrat Party opposition.
Bottom line: Your favorite National monument or park may be closed today. You may find Federal Government generated services moving even slower than usual.
As of Monday morning it was estimated that 800,000 Federal employees, deemed nonessential to the operations and safety of the Federal Government will be temporarily furloughed,(laid off) while the House and Senate continue to debate the finer points of a largely out of control Federal spending deficit and the corresponding budget to cover the operations of the nation; while covering the interest charged on the budget deficit.