“Dear Becca And Brian, You Are Essential To All Who Know You And You’re Essentially Married In Our Eyes”

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Source: Robin Wilkey, “Sweet Note Makes Cancelled Wedding A Little More Bearable After Government Shutdown.” Huffington Post. 4 October 2013; updated 5 October 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/wedding-government-shutdown_n_4046136.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News

The partial government shutdown of 2013 that Republican politicians brought about because they wanted to stop Obamacare no matter how many lives it would save, stopped the marriage of a Washington D.C. bride. She and her fiancé had planned to be married at City Hall, but no employees were available to perform the marriage. All nonessential employees had been sent home because of the partial government shutdown. The bride said, “We scheduled our courthouse marriage for today [4 October 2013], and just yesterday realized that the DC wedding bureau is running on a skeleton crew due to furloughs and has no one available to perform marriages.” She added, “There are certainly far worse stories out there — I have read quite a few. But it’s good to remember that there are real people that the shutdown is affecting, and not just statistics.” The Connellys sent flowers and this note: “Dear Becca And Brian, You Are Essential To All Who Know You And You’re Essentially Married In Our Eyes. Have A Wonderful And Special Day! With Love And Best Wishes For A Lifetime Together Married, The Connellys.” The bride posted a photograph of the flowers and kind note on her Facebook page, on which she wrote, “Unlucky in City Hall marriages but lucky in love.”

Source of Below Photographs and Screenshots: Lindsey Davis, “You Might Hate Obamacare, But It’s Saved These People’s Lives.” Huffington Post. 5 October 2013; updated 6 October 2013 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/05/i-am-obamacare-_n_4046470.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news

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Paul Krugman: We Are Now At War With Eastasia, I Mean The Deficit

This morning, for my sins, I found myself involuntarily watching bits and piece of the morning talk shows, and it seemed clear that Republicans have been given a new talking point. Suddenly, the shutdown/debt ceiling confrontation isn’t just about Obamacare; it’s about curbing runaway spending growth and exploding debt.

I’m a bit surprised. I didn’t expect Republicans to worry about the facts that federal spending has been flat in nominal terms, and falling fast in real per capita terms, for several years, or that the deficit is plunging. But I did think they might worry that the public has moved on from the debt scare, and also that some people might balk at the sudden attempt to rewrite history.

And they should balk. This was never about controlling the deficit. It started as an attempt to stop health reform before it could get started; it has now morphed into an attempt to extract something, anything from Obama to save face (which he can’t give them, because he needs to take a stand against extortion.)

And it’s still looking grim.

Source: Paul Krugman, “We Are Now At War With Eastasia, I Mean The Deficit.” Blog. New York Times. 6 October 2013

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/we-are-now-at-war-with-eastasia-i-mean-the-deficit/

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