• How To End The Shutdown In < A Week

    Millions of low income families depend on government programs to eat, people are out of work, and whole government agencies have shut down while others like the CDC and NASA have a skeleton crew, but the Republicans need to save face. Well boo-fucking-hoo. Hey Republicans, you need to pass a clean budget bill already because I don’t give a fuck about your feelings.

    You elected a crazy ass-clown – okay, I suspect you elected many crazy ass-clowns but this one in particular decided to put a metaphorical gun to the economy unless he got his way and guess what? He didn’t get his way and he isn’t going to get his way. Stop being the party of cry-babies and pass a clean budget. Ted Cruz doesn’t even care about RomneyCare or ObamaCare or whatever name you want to call it. He just cares about running for President.

    I’m not even sure Cruz even cares about winning and becoming President. Most Republicans these days like to run for President so that they can get a talk show on Fox News, demand higher speaking fees, or work for some conservative think tank for an obscene amount of money.

    Oh, and for the record, Cruz can’t even be President; he wasn’t born in America! That’s not some wacky liberal version of the Obama “birther” movement; Cruz really wasn’t born here. He was born in Calgary, Canada where he and his parents lived!

    I get it Republicans don’t like the Affordable Healthcare Act. Well boo-fucking-hoo, get in line. I don’t like it either. I would much rather have had a real healthcare solution, like Medicare for all or something that solves this problem once and for all. But instead we got RomneyCare with a different name attached. The thing is that even though it sucks, it is still better than nothing, so at this point I kind of have to defend it. Plus, it passed both houses of congress, was signed into law by the President, affirmed as constitutional by the Supreme Court, and the President was re-elected largely because of it. He has a mandate.  Oh, and the Republicans tried and failed to repeal it over 40 times!!!! Hey Republicans, you lost this one; suck it up!

    Now, I think it is time the President puts an end to this partial shutdown crap. I don’t think he should give the Republicans a damn thing. Instead, if I were President, I would start the clock. The Republicans may have put a metaphorical gun to the economy, but then they shot themselves in the foot. Two can play this attachment to the budget game.

    Effective immediately, the Republicans have three days to pass a clean budget bill with no demands attached. If they have not done so, then as President I will only sign a budget bill if it also raises the minimum wage to $9 an hour across the country. A day after that, the budget bill will also have to reinstate the Glass–Steagall Act. A day after that, the budget bill will have to have a provision to grant marriage equality to all gay, lesbian, and transgendered couples or I won’t sign it and the government will continue to be shut down. The longer you wait, the more I will demand be added to the budget bill before I sign it into law. But am I not merciful? I am giving you three days to act on a straight-up budget bill with no demands by either side. Personally, I hope you guys take your time because day four I’m demanding the end of tax-exempt status for churches.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.