Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Shutdown

And there it is, out tin-pot Republic has officially shut down because a minority of extremists wanted it so, and the House Republican leadership refused to show any backbone.  The unbelievably ridiculous bit in all this is that it absolutely didn't have to happen.  There were many GOP moderates who would have voted for a clean CR bill without this inane biz about stripping Obamacare.

But Boehner is incapable of showing any leadership in the face of the Tea Party Taliban, and won't bring up legislation that doesn't have the full support of his caucus.  Such an abdication of leadership, and not what democracy is about.

Democracy is not only ramming through policies that have full support of your party, but finding compromise to move forward, while isolating the extremists in the midst through bi-partisanship.

But Boehner is scared he would lose his speakership.  I can't even figure out why Boehner wants to remain Speaker, he is so unbelievably feckless and inept.  Perhaps you could retain your speakership if you actually showed some leadership.

But no, America is now showing its exceptional nature by shutting down government over the prospect of delivering more healthcare to those in need, something the rest of the developed world takes for granted.  This is a hostage situation, pure and simple.  The Affordable Care Act is law of the land, voted on by Congress, approved by the U.S. Supreme Court and practically the subject of referendum in the last election. There is a great piece in Slate about if it happened elsewhere, how our media's language would appear on the event.  And a great pic of "Breaking Bad- Canada"

There is an old saying about if your neighbor loses his job, it is a recession; if you lose your job it is a depression.  Well, this shutdown is turning into a depression for me, because it looks like a pd project (Hispaniola Blues) I was working on is probably going to crash on the shoals of the shutdown.  Thanks Tea Party, you are harming this small business.

"A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service,"said the wise French President Georges Pompidou.  But perhaps the Esquire says it best "The Reign of Morons":

In the year of our Lord 2010, the voters of the United States elected the worst Congress in the history of the Republic. There have been Congresses more dilatory. There have been Congresses more irresponsible, though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for trees. But there has never been in a single Congress -- or, more precisely, in a single House of the Congress -- a more lethal combination of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory than exists in this one, which has arranged to shut down the federal government because it disapproves of a law passed by a previous Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court, a law that does nothing more than extend the possibility of health insurance to the millions of Americans who do not presently have it, a law based on a proposal from a conservative think-tank and taken out on the test track in Massachusetts by a Republican governor who also happens to have been the party's 2012 nominee for president of the United States. That is why the government of the United States is, in large measure, closed this morning.

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