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When I created ADignorantium I set a few guidelines for myself. Two of the most important are, I don’t bully and I don’t use language that I’d be embarrassed to let a grandmother read. Don’t get me wrong. I do plenty of cussing at home. Some of my favorite words have only four letters. Lately though, it’s been difficult to maintain the latter. The political climate has devolved into a childish temper tantrum, and I am pissed!
I am so friggin pissed I could spit nails!
I never truly understood that expression until those unbelievably shortsighted tea party republicans decided to put the screws to the United States. I can’t even put thoughts into words, I’m so angry. This is not how America works! We don’t allow a few extremists to shut down the entire government Do we?
Instead of passing a clean appropriations bill, house republicans attached an ACA rider that doomed it to fail. The unrelated provisions guaranteed the bill would not pass the senate. All they had to do was pass a continuing resolution (CR) that was clean of extraneous nonsense, but they are blinded by their hatred of anything Obama.
Truth be told, I’m not exactly thrilled with every bit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it’s a good start. It’s a step in the right direction. When you’re not happy with something, you don’t fix it by killing it. And before you throw “corporate exemptions” at me, those exemptions were concessions to republicans. If you want to get rid of the exemptions, you write a bill, separate from the appropriations bill, and send it to the senate. But that’s not what they want. They want to undo the healthcare law. After trying and failing to repeal the ACA forty two times, they try this stunt!?
Now the government is shut down. National parks, museums, and landmarks are closed to the public. Millions are now without work.
Don’t they understand that a government shutdown affects more than government employees?
Don’t they know that everyday Americans like hotel staff, bartenders, waiters, and store clerks depend on tourism to make a living?
Do they even care that their stubbornness will have a negative effect on the economy?
There is no doubt in my mind that this bullisht is racially motivated. I wasn’t sure at first. I just chalked it up to politics as usual. But after six years of stubborn resistance, there can be no other explanation.
So now I owe some very good friends an apology for all those late night conversations about “race in America” in which I was so certain that things had improved since my father’s generation. Apparently, I was wrong. I was wrong and it sickens me. I am so f*king ashamed of my own country. MY OWN COUNTRY!
I’d like to think we’ll remember. I want to believe we will carry this rage with us to the voting booth. I know I will. But America has a short attention span. We are more worried about Miley, Kim, and Kanye than we are about what our local politicians are up to. More Americans know the names of the Real Housewives than who their representatives are.
So why am I surprised when this isht happens?
Thanks to all for bearing with me. We now return to our regularly scheduled blog.
The Republicans will lose on every issue.
Do I have to sacrifice a chicken to make this happen?
I’m not ashamed to tell you I’ll do it!
As the saying goes, everyone should have a budget.
No matter how much or how little you make, a budget will help you reach your financial goals, right?
Possibly with that idea in mind, McDonald’s MCD +0.09% decided to teach its employees how to create one. But in doing so, the company may have inadvertently done something else: Shown that it’s nearly impossible to make a living off the minimum wage.
Read more at Forbes.com
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In an unprecedented action by the federal government, the spending bill about to be passed by the United States Senate does not include funding needed to continue lifesaving medications to many low-income people with HIV. As part of the bill that will fund the federal government through the end of September, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have failed to continue $35 million for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The spending bill also failed to continue $10 million for clinical medical care provided through Part C of the Ryan White Program.
"While we have faced severe waiting lists for people wanting to take medications in the past,” said Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute, “failure to provide funding for existing patients is a dangerous unprecedented action by the U.S government.” Once a patient begins antiretroviral treatment, the drugs must be taken every day without interruption or the person can quickly become ill. Resistance to medications can occur, even with a single missed dose, leading to serious health complications and higher health costs.
President Obama increased funding for ADAP on World AIDS Day, 2011 in response to the growing wait lists and at the urging of several Members of Congress. Earlier House and Senate versions of the FY13 spending bills continued this money, and even included significant increases to address the eight percent growth in clients ADAP experienced last year.
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin attempted to address the ADAP funding cut with an amendment that would have resolved this issue, among other things. Unfortunately, it failed on a party-line vote on the Senate floor. Without the $35 million continuation in ADAP funding, states such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee and several others will likely stop providing medications to many ADAP clients.
"We hope that before the bill is finalized and sent to the President, Congress will see fit to find a way to continue this funding to avoid any interruptions in lifesaving care and treatment With sequestration and discussion of further budget cuts, continuation of this funding is an absolute necessity," concluded Schmid.
The AIDS Institute is a national nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through research, public policy, advocacy and education.
For more information and to become involved, visit www.TheAIDSInstitute.org or write to us at Info@theaidsinstitute.org , and follow The AIDS Institute on Twitter @AIDSAdvocacy and Facebook at www.facebook.com/The-AIDS-Institute .