All or Nothing
By Emma X
If there was a shut down button
for Congress, I'd push it. I wish a
government shut down defunded
|Official Portrait of the 113th Congress.|
A bigger parade of self-aggrandizing sphincters you
will not find anywhere. America is truly exceptional.
So we don’t know how long it will go on, or who will blink first, but make no mistake, the perpetrators of this fiasco do not feel your pain, nor would they respond kindly if they did. War planners calculate for an acceptable amount of collateral damage, and Big Business has rendered themselves untouchable in this economy. They have theirs. This is about power. The concerns of small businesses and the American people in general have not been a factor in this ideological debate for ten years, despite the ‘we the people’ rhetoric that is tossed to the crowd like cheap candy and plastic beads. This is a battle between Big Government and Big Business masked as a personal freedoms debate, and you might be shocked to know what the millionaire mercenaries in Congress are willing to take down to win. You got a small taste this week.
So who is ahead so far? Well, nobody. But both sides claim righteous indignation. Polls before and after the default blame Republicans, but they are whining all over the airways, decrying misplaced culpability. They tried 42 times to repeal Obamacare. They took the issue all the way to the Supreme Court. They launched an expensive several month media ad campaign to convince America that Obamacare is a Socialist evil. They told us for several months that they would shut down the government to defund it. Then they did. Now they claim they didn’t do it, Obama did. They are having tantrums like two-year-olds in public. Not exactly a winning posture. So I guess we have to award the first blood strike to the Democrats, even though it was self-inflicted by the Tea Party. Despite all expensive efforts to defeat it, Obamacare is now law. And ironically, it is funded.
Conservatives claim that the President refused to cooperate with them. I don’t know how you negotiate with playground bullies. What? I’ll give you half of my lunch money and one of my sneakers, now go away and don’t come back? But I have to say that the Obama Administration did a pitiful job of educating the American people about Obamacare, allowing the Tea Party to spread their stock in trade lies, confusion, and fear.
The 1995 government shutdown lasted over three weeks, with terrible political repercussions for Republicans. This one looks to last longer, considering the atmosphere of gridlock that has permeated the last two Congressional sessions, and the general spirit of meanness that pervades the process. Tea Party candidates are beholden to no one but their patrons, so they have nothing to lose, including their Gerrymandered House seats. On October 17th America defaults on its debt. At that time the Treasury will not be able to honor U.S. financial commitments. That’s when the elephant shit hits the proverbial world-wide fan. That is when your investments and retirement take a hit, and your job may be in jeopardy. But if you wish, you will still be able to sign up for cheaper health insurance. How whimsical.
|Here's the plan. When the Tea Party|
is finished screwing the main stream
Republican caucus, they will buck that pesky
middle class off of their backs for good.
Hang on tight, folks. They've been
fantasizing about doing this for a decade.