After campaigning to their base in 2010 that they WOULD shut the government down, the teabaggers finally did it. And make no mistake, this WAS their plan all along. Rachel Maddow has a nice recap here.
This morning, all government employees will report, and find out who stays and who is furloughed. They'll have until noon local time to set their out of office messages, cancel meetings and trips, etc. And then the suffering will begin, not just for those employees who won't be getting paid, many on top of being furloughed this summer due to the sequestor, but the shops and restaurants who depend on their patronage to survive. In some military towns, the only places that will do well will be the pawn shops.
After the shut down, the Republicans decided that NOW they'll go to conference on the budget passed by the Senate six months ago, which has the president's approval. That alone should prove to you that the anarchists who comprise the teabag contingent were never serious about anything BUT shutting down the government. They could have negotiated in good faith last spring with the Senate and President Obama.
Still, the Affordable Care Act launches today. I'll be up with a post this afternoon telling you everything you need to know about it, whether you can participate in the exchanges, and links to the support you'll need if you're going to join the exchange.
Remember folks, elections are in a month (earlier for a couple special elections.) Tell your friends: VOTE. Vote this odd year just to stand against the obstructionism of the Republican Party. As President Obama said in his remarks last night:
But one faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election. Keeping the people's government open is not a concession to meet. Keeping vital services running and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the job is not something you give to the other side. It's our basic responsibility. [...]
The American people sent us here to govern. They sent us here to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make their lives a little bit better -- to create new jobs, to restore economic security, to rebuild the prospects of upward mobility. That's what they expect. And they understand that there are differences between the parties, and we're going to be having some tough fights around those differences.
And I respect the fact that the other party is not supposed to agree with me a hundred percent of the time, just like I don't agree with them. But they do also expect that we don't bring the entire government to a halt or the entire economy to a halt just because of those differences. And that's what they deserve. They've worked too hard for too long to recover from previous crises just to have folks here in Washington manufacture yet another one that they have to dig themselves out of.
Tell the Republicans the president is correct...