Angela 2: The Guardian of the Bay is now available on Amazon. In it the story of Angela Fournier and her friends continues. Familiar faces return but there are new characters introduced. The friends get caught up in the town's controversy between the oil interests, who want to build a refinery on the edge of the nature preserve and a pipeline over the barrier island and across the bay to the refinery, and the defenders of clean water, the wildlife, and the original purpose of the preserve. I am currently writing the third book, Silver Path of the Moon.
One plot element in each book deals with the issues faced by our society. That's why, though this blog is not political, I often write about controversial issues. Please allow me to weigh in on the matter of the government shutdown.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to pass legislation, which becomes law when the President signs it. Congress may also vote to repeal existing legislation but the President must sign the repeal for it to take effect. The President may veto any legislation or any repeal, in which case they do not take effect. Congress can override the veto and have the laws or repeals validated, but it takes a two-thirds vote by both the House and Senate. Nowhere does the Constitution envision Congress making or repealing legislation by refusing to pass an appropriations bill.
As I write, the Speaker of the House is refusing to introduce an appropriations bill with no conditions (the proper procedure), even though it clearly has the vote of the majority of the House, just to please a group of some 30 extremists who call themselves the "Tea Party." I find this situation incredible, senseless, and destructive. Regardless of one's political inclinations, we should all insist that a conditions-free appropriations bill be passed immediately and put the government back into full operation, before we are plunged into an economic depression. We should also demand that House members accept the political process so that, when a bill it passes does not pass the Senate, they should move on to other matters and do their best to get a majority for their party in the Senate. If they can't, it is their duty to bow to the will of the people.
One last thing: the rebels who took the action called the Boston Tea Party were protesting taxation without representation in Parliament, not against any and all taxation. Call the extremists to account; we are not an extremist country.
Please see my books, including Liliana y el espejo (in Spanish) at www.amazon.com/author/bedforddavid