It appears the United States Government was able to push the budget issue down the road further avoiding another government shutdown but the Super Congress is still starting to fall apart along party lines.
I am among the 82 percent of people who do not approve of the job Congress has done lately, and I have little confidence that they will be able to agree on a long-term compromise. That is why they created the so-called “Super Congress” for.
The Super Congress is meant to deal with the long term budget crisis that the United States faces. It is far from being competent at doing its one task, however.
When I see politicians coming forward to the Super Congress with proposals, it infuriates me. Not the fact that our representatives are doing their job by bringing up proposals, but by how widely accepted the Super Congress is, while being a blatant excessive use of force on the side of the federal government!
The Super Congress was put together with members from both parties from states who just so happen to hold major military contracting corporations, such as our state (Patty Murray and Boeing).
Their purpose is to deal with the long-term debt crisis and balance the federal budget. If the Super Congress fails in their task there will be widespread drastic cuts to spending that both parties would find unacceptable.
I propose to abolish this unconstitutional Super Congress or at least the ludicrous punishment to the American people if their representatives fail them.
We need people in Congress who haven’t been bought out by the corporations and still represent the people of their state. If we do that, then we won’t need a Super Congress to make the big decisions for us.
It is purely unconstitutional for Congress to create an exclusive power above itself to deal with the bigger issue of the debt. The Super Congress doesn’t have representatives from every state so the people of America are not even being represented when it comes to financial policy.
According to an article by RT, a magazine that looks at U.S. politics and policy from a foreign perspective, most politicians at the capitol are confident that Congress will be able to set aside their differences and agree on a bipartisan proposal before the deadline.
RT said that politicians have great confidence in each other and that they will remove their partisan politics from the picture in order to help the American people.
While politicians might be confident in themselves, the people are not. A poll conducted by the Associated Press in October shows that 82 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress’s job.
In my opinion, it is very unlikely that Congress will be able to agree on a long-term budget proposal as they have failed to do so twice previously this year and merely kicked the big issue down the road.
So what exactly does it mean if the government was to shut down? Would it be total anarchy? Not exactly, as a lot of infrastructure would still remain in place.
The last government shutdown was at the end of 1995 and spanned a total of 21 days, the longest break for the government to date, according to an article written by Emily Badger on Miller McCune.
One large impact would be on Medicare and Medicaid. While now the payments are processed electronically, new applicants would not be able to be processed.
“During the 1995 shutdown, Medicare was estimated to have 10,000 new applications a day,” wrote Badger.
Federal workers who process passport and visa applications would also have to go on break. This means that students hoping to leave on study-abroad programs would have to be delayed. Also, immigrant workers who need to renew their visas would not be able to.