What are you making of this so-called federal shutdown? It’s having early impact on the poor in Bridgeport. Charlie Tisdale, executive director of the anti-poverty agency Advancement for Bridgeport Community Development that was forced to shut down 13 Head Start programs serving more than 300 city children, tells the CT Post:
“We should be closing Congress and not these programs. They don’t understand that parents whose children attend the Head Start program are working. They don’t look at, in my opinion, or care about real Americans or the low income.”
And that’s because the Republican-controlled House of Representative believes the partial federal shutdown impacts Democrats far more than their own constituency? But there is some risk for Republicans as well as an effort to fund veterans services for an important GOP constituency failed on Tuesday.
Barack Obama called it a Republican shutdown:
“One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government shut down major parts of the government all because they didn’t like one law,” Mr. Obama said. “This Republican shut down did not have to happen, but I want every American to understand why it did happen. Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job.”
So, who’s right here and who’s wrong? Or is it a plague on both houses?