MAGA Republicans are threatening to shutdown the Government (again).
How do explain the consequences of a government shutdown so that it’s easier to understand? Use a rapid response video. Distill what the experts say about MAGA hostage taking into a video or GIF that’s engaging and easy to share.
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How to create a rapid response video
This video was created with the free Lumen5 and iMovie apps.
Lumen5 provides a catalog of video clips and soundtracks. I chose ten clips to illustrate the harm from MAGA Republican hostage taking. Each clip was clipped to three seconds and overlaid with a short caption. Two images were added at the end of the video as an overlay. The video was uploaded to YouTube and as a GIF to GIPHY.
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Conservatives and members of the hard-right Freedom Caucus say they would rather see a shutdown than not have their calls for deeper spending cuts and other conservative policy demands met… “At the end of the day we all have to look our constituents in the eyes and explain how we delivered,” Pat Ryan (D-NY). “I’m not sure how these MAGA extremists can say that with a straight face when they chose to stop paying our troops and shut down our Social Security offices. The American people are smart. They can see right through that BS.” – MSN
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Impacts of House Republicans’ Extreme Cuts
Extreme House Republicans are playing partisan games with peoples’ lives and marching our country toward a government shutdown instead of working in a bipartisan manner to keep the government open and address emergency needs for the American people. The continuing resolution they introduced this week makes indiscriminate cuts to programs that millions of hardworking Americans count on—violating the agreement the Speaker negotiated with President Biden and rejecting the bipartisan approach of the Senate.
House Republicans have made clear that these cuts are designed to force longer-term cuts, in-line with their extreme and damaging appropriations bills. So what would it mean for the American people if House Republicans’ proposed 8% cuts were extended for the entire year?
- 800 fewer Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and officers
- 50,000 pounds of cocaine, more than 300 pounds of fentanyl, more than 700 pounds of heroin, and more than 6,000 pounds of methamphetamine let into our country due to cuts to CBP
- 110,000 children would lose access to Head Start slots
- 65,000 children would lose access to childcare
- 60,000 seniors would be robbed of nutrition services like Meals on Wheels
- 2.1 million women, infants, and children would be waitlisted for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Up to 40,000 fewer teachers, aides, or other key staff across the country, affecting 26 million students in schools that teach low-income students and 7.5 million students with disabilities
- Nearly 70 fewer Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents, who are often some of the first federal law enforcement on the scene of a mass shooting to help local law enforcement identify at-large shooters—and 13 furlough days for ATF’s entire workforce
- 4,000 fewer rail safety inspection days next year alone, with nearly 11,000 fewer miles of track inspected annually—enough track to cross the United States more than 3 times
- 145 fewer members of local law enforcement due to cuts at the Department of Justice
- Nearly 300,000 households—including 20,000 veterans and 90,000 seniors—would lose housing choice vouchers, putting them at greater risk of homelessness
- A roughly $500 reduction to the maximum Pell Grant for 6.6 million students
- 4,000 fewer FBI personnel, including agents who investigate crimes
- 250,000 American workers would be denied job training and employment services—resulting in 35,000 fewer workers gaining the opportunity of a Registered Apprenticeship
- 50,000 workers would lose an average of $1,000 in back wages they are owed
- People applying for disability benefits would have to wait 2 months longer
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