DISRUPT

Government Shutdown

Setting aside the stale rhetoric of mainstream media and its associated pundits, the partial Government shutdown is squarely a legislative failure independent of the executive branch. The President has no constitutional authority over the budget and Government funding. His legal responsibilities are limited to the annual submission of budget recommendations as prescribed in the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921.

Congress' fiscal responsibilities are directly derived from the constitution; Article I, Section 9, provides that “[n]o money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” The power to appropriate is exclusively a legislative function and it serves as a limitation on the executive branch. Congressional budget authority is typically executed through the passing of Appropriation Acts (spending laws) for discretionary funding and direct/mandatory funding as prescribed in substantive legislation (predominantly entitlement programs). Funding the "border wall" is an executive branch request and nothing more. Ultimately Congress controls the "purse strings" and must choose whether or not to fund. The President can veto any appropriations act that does not include funding for the border wall, but as good civic minded Americans know, Congress can pass any law without Presidential consent as long as both Houses approve by two-thirds vote (Article 1, Section 7).

As you can see, this partial shutdown as with all shutdowns over funding bills is a chronic malaise by our legislatures neglecting their constitutional responsibilities. There is absolutely no reason for the current shutdown other than the perpetual political dysfunction of elected lawmakers prioritizing party interests over the collective interests of the American people.

 

16M

16,207,104 firearms were manufactured & imported in 2016

Gun violence in American is alarming. The United States' rate of Violent Gun Deaths is 3.85 deaths per 100,000 individuals; nearly on par with Iraq, a conflict state with a rate of 4.28 deaths.

 

$1.4T

Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Projected to Add $1,414 Billion to Deficit

America's gross debt has climbed to a staggering $20.2 trillion and based on current trends, will rise to $31 trillion over the next decade: 110% of GDP by 2027.

 
 

71%

71% of Americans Believe Healthcare System is in a state of crisis.

America's troubling healthcare system has become another ideological casualty between partisan extremists: forecasted to consume 19.7% of GDP by 2026.