On October 1st, the Congress failed to pass a spending plan for the 2013 fiscal year. The federal government shut down and hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed as a result. All those deemed non-essential employees were dismissed without pay or benefits.
In the meantime, the political leaders who failed to pass this funding plan still receive payment and benefits because of the 27th Amendment. This merely reminds me, as Machiavelli wrote, “People cannot make themselves secure except by being powerful.” In theory, in a republic the power rests with the electorate. The national good placed over the good of the representatives. Sadly, this appears to be the case in theory alone. In truth, every decision made in the Congress for the past week was made seeking to secure their power.
Since the shutdown, House Republicans have attempted to fund the government through a series of continuing resolutions aimed at funding the government one piece at a time. At every turn, Democrats in House and Senate have opposed and killed the measures. Senate Majority Leader; Harry Reid, argued that Speaker Boehner promised a “clean” continuing resolution before the August Recess provided that spending would not exceed $998 billion. As such, Reid will not consider any compromise until the House passes a single funding plan free of any provisions to defund Obamacare.
Reid believes that if he compromises, people with believe he