Texas Senator Republican Ted Cruz spoke for 22 hours on defunding Affordable Care Act program. Finally, after the overnight filibuster ended, the Senate approved a stop gap funding bill to avert the possible partial shutdown of the government. It was approved 100-0, meaning all of the senators, including Ted Cruz, voted in favor of the bill. According to U.S. News "This afternoon's vote cleared the way to begin debate on a House-passed stopgap spending bill that includes language to defund the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is expected to strip that provision from the bill and return to the House later this week a clean stopgap measure to keep the government funded through Nov. 15."
It is very important to run the government efficiently. The Affordable Care Act will improve the probability of helping the working middle and poor class. However, the health care program is still not clear to the majority of the people and health care providers. That is mismanagement in my opinion. The republicans are stating that the Affordable Care Act is about $328 per person per month. If it is true, then that will hurt the U.S. economy and break the backs of smaller and middle size businesses, as well as people.
Also, there is a looming problem of debt ceiling limit by October 16, 2013. According to USA today, "The Treasury Department has been undertaking what it calls 'extraordinary measures' to keep the nation under the debt limit since May. Those measures include delaying pension fund payments. If we have insufficient cash on hand, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history." U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said. "But as of Oct. 17, the Treasury expects its cash-on-hand will be reduced to $30 billion. The government typically spends $60 billion every day."
If the debt ceiling limit is not raised by October 16, than the government will be working on a day to day basis. It will pay their bills as their revenue comes to them.
To my surprise, Governor Christie picked the Orange Business District for his campaign. While on the campaign trail, Christie visited briefly the Orange Library. Orange Library has been closed for a few months due to contamination and other violations. Orange is a small town, but it does need support. By having a relationship with the governor and letting him look first hand will probably bring more money to the city.
The Orange Library board has not served their budget efficiently in the past. Orange's budget has been supported totally within the city budget, and they requires the council's approval. The council has passed a temporary budget to fix the necessary things, but has not passed the full required maintenance budget to bring the Orange Library up to par. Maybe the governor's visit will improve the probability of getting the funding needed for the repair of the Library.
We keep on hearing about more and more violent attacks every day. The latest one is in Nairobi, Kenya. Terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall, killing 66 people along with the deaths of five terrorists as well. Part of the mall collapsed, 200 people were injured. The United Nations should investigate this and other kinds of incidents like this. At the same time, they should investigate why these killings are happening and try to resolve the hatred in the world.
In Mumbai, India, three rape cases were registered in less than a week. Also, last week, 9 persons raped an 11 year old young girl who was sleeping on a sidewalk, as she had no other place to live. A 23 year old photo journalist was raped by 5 persons in Mumbai in August. The blame game for correcting the problem has been going on for years from the police department, to society, to political powers to the young generation, following the footsteps of the western world.
The Newark City Council elected Luis Quintana as council president. This will conclude the hype of electing a new councilperson to replace Donald Payne, Jr. as the deciding vote on the 9 person council.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.