Clear and chilly this Wednesday morning on California’s north coast, and as we reach the middle of the work week, a shitload of people have been sent home from work as the breakdown of the feral US continues apparently unabated.
A bright spot yesterday during a GOP bullshit-presser when the nutjobs got noodled by the crowd: “You guys are worthless,” one heckler said.
Actually, worse than worthless — they lie, distort and are alive with cruelty.
In that indication, and from the polls in various forms, most Americans are pointing fingers at Republicans and if the shutdown continues on, we face another horror red line in a couple of weeks that can’t be postponed, or brushed aside with a government not functioning — the debt-ceiling thingy.
(Illustration found here).
Although the handful of GOPers who are really, truly to blame for this mess don’t give a shit, a new Quinnipiac poll from yesterday is a red flag of political disaster for the Republican party — via BusinessInsider:
According to the poll, American voters oppose shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act by a significant, 72-22 margin.
And on another upcoming fight — raising the debt ceiling — Americans oppose using it to stop the health-care law’s implementation by a 64-27 margin.
And in general, 58 percent of Americans oppose cutting off funding for Obamacare to tinker with its implementation.
And approval of Congressional Republicans is at its lowest point in the poll’s history.
Only 17 percent of respondents said approve of the job Congressional Republicans are doing, compared with 74 percent who disapprove.
That compares to a 32/60 approval-to-disapproval rating for Congressional Democrats and a 45/49 score for President Barack Obama.
55 percent of voters think gridlock is occurring in Washington because Republicans are “determined to block any Obama initiative,” while only 33 percent said it’s because of Obama’s lack of skill to convince Congress to work together.
“Americans are certainly not in love with Obamacare, but they reject decisively the claim by Congressional Republicans that it is so bad that it’s worth closing down the government to stop it,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The debt ceiling bullshit starts Oct. 17 and with it a worse-case scenario: Such a default would have unpredictable — and potentially dire — consequences. At the very least, interest rates would likely rise to offset the risk of holding Treasuries. The ripple effects — even more difficult to predict — could spark a global credit freeze not unlike the failure of Lehman Brothers in Sept. 2008.
Thus, those assholes pulling the GOP strings right now have a lot of dirty linen in their hands, and it does not bode well for the US, the world, and the guy trying to cross a busy street — fate is in the hands of some ‘wacko birds.’
Anyway, today is Groucho Marx’s birthday — we all should be eating a little DUCK! soup.