Hurtling Toward the Debt Ceiling! Into our third week of the federal government shutdown, we're only three days from smacking our patriotic faces against the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling—to block payment for the stuff Congress already voted on. Here's why Americans are rightly blaming Republicans, who have dropped their attempt to neuter Obamacare as a concession, and media speculates that their antics could kick financial markets "into a tailspin."
The Media Can Shut Up About Budget Savior Rep. Paul Ryan: Last week, headlines hailed him as the man who could resuscitate the federal government—but by forcing Democrats to capitulate to a budget they already rejected. "For a brief moment it seemed like Ryan could be the one to get his right flank to come along… Once Harry Reid really stepped into the fray, Paul Ryan’s whole influence over the process kind of evaporated.”
This Fiasco Is Bad for Republicans: MoveOn breaks down how the GOP could lose as many as 24 seats in 2014. A net of 17 wins for Democrats would turn over the chamber. In Washington's 8th District, it could be bad for Congressman Dave Reichert. The poll asks, "Now that you know Congressman Reichert supported the government shutdown, I’ll ask you one more time: If the election for Congress were held today, would you vote for re-elect Republican Dave Reichert, or would you vote for his Democratic opponent?" The results:
40% Dave Reichert 52% Democratic opponent Not sure 7%
A Grocery Strike in Seattle? Unionized workers have been at an impasse with employers at Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway over the weekend. They could strike this week with 72 hours notice.
Why You Should Oppose Campaign Financing: Seattle Timesargues against public financing, largely by setting up straw men and citing exceptions that prove the rule. Moreover, the daily largely omits the figures about wealthy incumbents bankrolled by the same top 20 donors who scare off viable, but more humbly funded, challengers.
Tolling Stand-Alone Freeways Helps the Rich: The state has found that traffic across the 520 bridge is down by 20 percent since imposing tolls there that can exceed $3—and it's the only freeway tolled in the area:
Drivers with household incomes of less than $50,000 avoid the bridge, while drivers with household incomes of $200,000 or more say they don't mind the tolls. In fact, affluent drivers say their satisfaction while using the bridge has increased.
Karaoke While Black: Aisha Harris laments that "when you’re a black person who finds herself at a predominantly white social event, there’s a good chance that you’ll be expected to be the main source of entertainment." She also notes, "While I’m certainly no Beyoncé, I did study and perform musical theater in college and have taken voice lessons, so I’d venture to guess that my singing and dancing is above that of the average karaoke-goer or wedding attendee."
Busted: Ed Murray claimed in a mayoral debate last week that incumbent mayor Mike McGinn wasn't responsible for the popular Community Police Commission. In fact, he did and there's video to prove it. The US Department of Justice gives McGinn full credit: