It appears that about 64% of respondents on this forum are not directly or indirectly impacted by the government shut-down.
That's good, because if you were affected, you might be furious that the House Republicans actually rigged, or altered, the rules, quietly on the eve of the shutdown, September 30, to ensure that democracy would not prevail.
It has appeared, for about a week now, that there are a majority of votes in the House to stop the shut-down.
But...."So House Republican leaders made sure no such vote could happen.
In the hours working up to the government shutdown on Sept. 30, Republican members of the House Rules Committee were developing a strategy to keep a clean CR off the floor, guaranteeing the government would remain shut down.
Though at least 28 House Republicans have publicly said they would support a clean CR if it were brought to the floor -- enough votes for the government to reopen when combined with Democratic support -- a House rule passed just before the shutdown essentially prevents that vote from taking place.
"The Rules Committee, under the rules of the House, changed the standing rules of the House to take away the right of any member to move to vote to open the government, and gave that right exclusively to the Republican Leader,.."
As we are but 3 days from a debt ceiling crisis and default of the US government - unprecedented, and with national and international severe economic short-term and long-term consequences - the House Radicals have slipped the American public another mickey.
Those of you who responded in the negative to the above question may want to re-think. You might not feel the effects today, but I'm guessing we all will feel the effects of this nefarious activity, in some way and on some level, for many years to come.
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