Tue Oct 1, 2013, 08:01 AM
n2doc (41,484 posts)
If It Happened There ... the Government Shutdown
By Joshua Keating
This is the first installment of ďIf It Happened There,Ē a regular feature in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.
WASHINGTON, United StatesóThe typical signs of state failure arenít evident on the streets of this sleepy capital city. Beret-wearing colonels have not yet taken to the airwaves to declare martial law. Money-changers are not yet buying stacks of useless greenbacks on the street.
But the pleasant autumn weather disguises a government teetering on the brink. Because, at midnight Monday night, the government of this intensely proud and nationalistic people will shut down, a drastic sign of political dysfunction in this moribund republic.
The capitalís rival clans find themselves at an impasse, unable to agree on a measure that will allow the American state to carry out its most basic functions. While the factions have come close to such a shutdown before, opponents of President Barack Obamaís embattled regime now appear prepared to allow the government to be shuttered over opposition to a controversial plan intended to bring the nationís health care system in line with international standards.
Six years into his rule, Obamaís position can appear confusing, even contradictory. Though the executive retains control of the countryís powerful intelligence service, capable of the extrajudicial execution of the regimeís opponents half a world away, the presidentís efforts to govern domestically have been stymied in the legislature by an extremist rump faction of the main opposition party.
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Tue Oct 1, 2013, 08:12 AM
Junkdrawer (27,993 posts)
1. "bring the nationís health care system in line with international standards"?
That would be single payer.
This is an attempt to rescue the discredited idea of private insurance companies and individual/employer responsibility to buy health insurance.