In about an hour and a half a partial shutdown of the federal government will probably happen because of a budget negotiation stalemate between Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Republicans want lots of cuts, not to the military, but to domestic discretionary spending. Things like Planned Parenthood (a provider of birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing, and yes abortions but not with federal money), transportation programs, and much more. Democrats are pathetically trying to limit the scope of the cuts, instead of advancing a bold vision for a second round of stimulus to break the back of this downturn.
Get in touch with your members of Congress and President Obama and let them know how you feel. I did recently. I said that we need deficit spending to sustain the fragile economic recovery we have going. Unemployment is near 9% nationally and over 12% in California (normal is under 5%). Once we're all back to work it will be easier to balance the budget and we should do so by a combination of military spending cuts and tax increases.
Budget cuts now will throw even more people out of work and tear apart what's left of the safety net for the most vulnerable people in our society (which is more and more people these days).
Please take the time to make your voice heard. It won't guarantee success. But you can't win if you don't try.
Contact your Representative
Contact your Senators
Contact your President
We need to fight for a compassionate society, not resign ourselves a dog eat dog hellscape.