MUST READ!!! MISSOURI STATE SENATOR JASON HOLSMAN SHARES THOUGHTS ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN!!!
Let's start the afternoon with a thoughtful missive from Missouri State Senator Jason Holsman regarding the current government shutdown.
The social media post is thoughtful, comprehensive and offers a nice summary of Democratic and moderate Republicans consideration of this debate.
Posted about an hour ago on FB from Missouri State Senator Jason Holsman . . .
I have some thoughts on the Federal Government shutdown.
1. It is patently unfair while many National Parks and other federal employees go without pay that members of Congress responsible for the shutdown continue to collect their paychecks.
2. State government looks functional by comparison. We fight, we disagree, we scream and holler in the press, but we understand that you win some and you lose some but you keep moving forward.
3. What example does this set for the rest of the world? How can we expect fledgling governments in Iraq and Afghanistan to follow our lead when we demonstrate playground behavior? Professional legislators do not take their ball and go home when their idea doesn’t get picked.
4. This entire fight is over enabling more citizens to have access to medical care. The shutdown is not over going to war or secession of states, but the cost of access to seeing a doctor.
5. Republicans, if you're correct about Obamacare then in the wake of it’s failure you will be in power for the next century and you can dismantle any social program you want. If you are wrong, then the consequences are more people live longer healthier lives. Please don’t let pride be the obstinate force behind a US default that could have drastic negative effects on the global economy.
6. The citizens of the United State deserve better. The average American doesn’t really care about which political party is winning the war of words, they are focused on working hard to put food on the table, a roof over their head while they provide educational opportunities for their children. They should have elected representatives who care enough about them to keep the lights on even through policy disagreement.
7. Someone should explain to members of Congress that defaulting on our debts, no matter the reason, could have greater negative impact to our nation’s economic health than the cost of any healthcare system.
8. We have solved tough complicated problems in our past. We’ve dealt with slavery, segregation, economic depression and war. On the historical scale it would seem providing resources to access healthcare should be on the easy side of the spectrum.
9. There are humans on planet earth today that are legitimately suffering from drought, famine, disease and war. Our citizens are plagued by their leaders inability to compromise on how best to deliver medical care. No matter how frustrating, it’s still a high-class problem.
10. This shutdown is a stalemate of ideological differences over a law that was passed by Congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court. What precedent does this set? A government in a constant state of paralysis is no government at all.