"Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date..."
Another message in bold letters declares,
"Because Congress did not fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget, much of the federal government will shut down."
The fear-mongering continues on USA.gov, which provides a list of how Americans could be affected. Some of the ominous warnings include:
- "...veterans’ compensation, pension, education and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown."
- "Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health."
- "Hundreds of thousands of additional Federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay."
Despite the propaganda, the truth is that Congress submitted four separate proposals to keep the government running. The most recent proposal "included a call for a conference committee to seek a compromise," as reported by myFox8, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
"...turned the package down because [he said] it amounted to extortion by Republicans to force concessions on President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms."
Calls for a conference committee are now referred to as extortion?
Today, many of the nation's elected representatives spoke about the shutdown, as documented by cspan. Many Democrats continued to use violent rhetoric to describe Tea Party Republicans.
- Representative Peter DeFazio said that the GOP has been made "hostage by extremist elements in their party" and used the terms "radical" and "anarchists" to describe these members, and continued to say that they are "funded by special interests."
- Representative Jim McDermott quoted the Bible and said that the GOP "doesn't care about poor people."
- Representative Steve Cohen said that Obamacare is the "law of the land," failing to mention that the law passed without one Republican vote, or that it is unpopular with Americans.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeated his common meme that the Tea Party representatives are "radicals," and "anarchists." Further, he declared that the GOP is "committing extortion," and "holding a gun to the head of Americans." He said, "It's time for Republicans to stop obsessing over old battles"
Representative Mark Meadows rightly stated that
"American citizens do not deserve to be compared to the Taliban."
It is time for Americans, despite their political persuasion, come together to denounce this violent rhetoric.