All eyes may be on the Middle East, but there is also a quite explosive story developing in the US. In Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana newly elected Republican lawmakers are facing off against unions as they attempt to roll back long-held benefits and bargaining rights. Freedomworks, an organization that helped grow the Tea Party movement, says it’s using its list of supporters to rally people around several states’ anti-union bills, while in Pennsylvania, union members plan to wear read in solidarity despite not currently being under attack. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democrats remain on the run, trying to delay a vote on their state’s bill that would sharply curtail the power of public workers unions.
And then there is the House vote to slash $ 60 bn from the federal budget over the next seven months, showing the efforts of the new Republican majority to shrink size and scope of government.
So what is next – a shut down of government seem to be a real possibility.
“Closing our government would mean our men and women in uniform wouldn’t receive their paychecks and veterans would lose critical benefits,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference earlier Friday. “Seniors wouldn’t receive their Social Security checks, and essential functions from food safety inspection to airport security could come to a halt.”
The whole thing is a political armageddon, a show-down over empty state-funds and a huge power-game to protect holy cows.
So first, let’s ask why are they broke ?
Could it be that they are paying out billions of dollars a month for two wars of choice started by Republicans over ten years ago? How about they’re broke because during the last Republican administration there was a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, approach to oversight of what bankers and Wall Street were up to, an approach that was far more than criminal negligence, it was wanton disregard for the economic well being of this country ?
I mean, just noticing the obvious…