This diary is cross-posted from the blog whatthefuckiswrongwithyou, where the entry includes cheap shots and music.
So it's all going to boil down to the riders. Budget numbers have been essentially agreed to, depending upon who you believe, but the riders are killing the deal.
Some of these riders are...
The riders say we can't use the money to pay for Planned Parenthood. The riders say we can't use them to pay for abortions - even if the money doesn't come from the federal government. The riders say we can't use the money to cover the Environmental Protection Agency. The riders want to ban gay marriage in Washington D.C. The riders de-funds the Consumer Watchdog organization Obama set up. The riders put limits on the FDA. The riders prevents implementation of a consumer products complaint database. The riders prevent the Department of Education from implementing new rules for college loans. The riders put a moratorium on any payments made to people who have successfully sued the government and won. The riders say that that $1 you can donate to help fund Presidential Elections on your taxes can't be spent. The riders say that Health Care Reform cannot be implemented. The riders say no prisoners can be released from Guantanamo. The riders prohibit the ATF from investigating militia groups and persons who are stockpiling weapons. The riders shut down programs for the elderly and persons receiving financial assistance for housing. The riders prohibit pay raises for workers in hazard zones overseas. The riders block Net Neutrality. The riders de-fund the Job Corps. The riders prevent giving fresh fruits and vegetables to children who have subsidized school lunches. The riders say that the moneys from the recovery act cannot be used for signage, new energy, and if you haven't already spent it then it must be given back. The riders say that NASA cannot speak with China. The riders take away the salaries of every "Czar" in the White House.
They're taking hostages again.
This time, Mr. President, please don't cave in. The last time you negotiated with the Republicants in congress you likened it to them taking hostages, and you paid the ransom in order to keep things going. Well, they've done it again and they're not going to stop unless you crush them. So fucking crush them! The Republicant party controls 1/2 of 1 branch of government. That's all. It's obvious that our Speaker of Orange has little control over the people he is supposedly leading, so this is your moment to actually do something - lead.
Yes, the government is probably going to shut down. Yes, a large number of people are going to be hurt by this, probably including people I know personally. But it's not your fault. Every time you've extended an olive branch, every time you've compromised, the Republicants have moved the goalposts. Lucy keeps on pulling the football away.
Do you honestly think that anyone would get overly upset at Charlie Brown if he decided, just once, to kick Lucy? Sure, some people would - but most of us have been waiting decades for him to do it. Please, Mr. President, don't make us wait that long - we don't have that kind of time. Do it. Make the opposition either put up or shut up - you gain the advantage either way.
Come on Mr. President, kick Lucy.