From Divided States, A ‘United’ Nation — Thanks To These Men
It is, to me, quite remarkable that a nation full of as many peoples and ethnic varieties and languages and religious affiliations can nonetheless call itself united. On the Chicago Sanitary District Canal, a unifying solution to a very messy problem Chicago is beguilingly close to the Mississippi River, so why not link the two? And there was an additional problem … all Chicago’s sewage and I don’t want to put people off their breakfasts here but all the sewage would sweep through central Chicago out into the lake. And of course, on a hot day, the effluent, it was a ghastly smell. And so there were numerous pleas from the citizens of Chicago, saying, “Let’s get the sewage out and send it to the West and to where people don’t care about it.” So, they did build first of all the Illinois and Michigan Canal … and then finally they took it upon themselves this engineer called Isham Randolph to build an almighty canal to serve the dual purpose of sending the sewage out to the West, but also to allow ocean-going ships. A longtime journalist with The Guardian, Simon Winchester is also the author of The Professor and the Madman. Setsuko Winchester/Courtesy of Harper A longtime journalist with The Guardian, Simon Winchester is also the author of The Professor and the Madman. Setsuko Winchester/Courtesy of Harper On the “wire rope express,” a name for the early telegraph That was the name given by Native Americans to this peculiar phenomenon of a copper or metal wire suspended between poles. … Samuel Morse’s telegraph that allowed the transmission of information from one corner of America to the other in seconds changed everything.
President Barack Obama has stated that he will sign the bill when it arrives at his desk. The decision came within hours of the United States going into default for the first time in American history. For Washington, D.C. the federal government shutdown gave the entire nation an insight look at the unique status of the District and gave its leader, Mayor Vincent Gray, an opportunity to call attention to the District being unable to spend its own locally raised funds. The end of the federal government shutdown placed a halt on continued plans to react to the closure as all federal employees will return to work now that the shutdown has been resolved. The decision to reopen the government came after 17 days of intense debate in the House and Senate. The bill was sent to the senate first and to the House where the vote came in the 11th hours to reopen the government. October 17, 2013, is the last day that the United States of America can borrow money to pay its bills. If the budget deal had not been signed by Obama by mid-night the United States of America would have gone into default for the first time in American history. The United States of America federal government has been shut down since October 1, 2013. Customer service to the customers of the federal government suffered severely during the shutdown because federal agencies were closed, federal parks were closed, and 800,000 federal workers were sent home. There were no winners in the shutdown. Small business owners lost millions of dollars in revenue and the government lost billions.
United States debt crises comes to an end
Democrat Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid, has announced a solution in the Senate and thanked Republicans for their help in coming to a compromise, according to CNN. “Most importantly, this legislation ends a standoff that ground the work of Washington to a halt.” Harry Reid says this is not a time of finger-pointing and blame, but a time of reconciliation – and he has touched on the need for the Senate to work in a more bi-partisan way in the future. Republican Senator Jeff Denham says he has big concerns, but this has to be done. “We need to do everything we can to avoid this debt ceiling. “We understand, both Republicans and Democrats understand how bad this can be for our nation, as well as the world economy.” Earlier, investment expert Warren Buffet likened the situation to playing with an atomic bomb. “It’s really a political weapon of mass destruction. “There are certain things that shouldn’t be used. I know it’s been used in the past, but we used the atomic bomb back in 1945 (and) we decided we weren’t going to use something like that again.” Sky News reporter Dominic Waghorn says even though a deal is done, the question remains open over permanent damage to America’s reputation. “Has it been permanently damaged by this debacle? By political gridlock in Washington? “Whatever happens … will the world now look at America differently in terms of the way it views its ability to honour its debt?” Dominic Waghorn says one ratings agency has already put the country on watch for a possible downgrade because of the brinkmanship going on.