Rethink ‘Essential’ During Shutdown

President Barack Obama is making certain the government “shutdown” does not affect some pet programs. Obamacare, for example, is plowing right along as if nothing had happened.

But elsewhere in government, mine safety inspections have been reduced drastically, veterans are being told they will have to wait longer for decisions on disability benefits, a program providing supplemental food and health services for low-income pregnant women has shut down, and visitors are being kicked out of national parks.

The Internal Revenue Service continues to enforce rules requiring payment of taxes – but has shut down all services to assist taxpayers.

Republicans in the House of Representatives attempted to do something about such outrageous selectivity by the Obama administration. They have suggested that in lieu of a bill providing money to keep all the government running, separate measures for certain individual agencies should be approved.

Democrat lawmakers have rejected the idea. Apparently, they believe making their political point about the “shutdown” is more important than blunting its adverse effects for some Americans.