Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I want my government back

My thoughts on the behavior of the 'Tea Party' Republicans who have recklessly forced a government shutdown in an effort to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act are best expressed in the words of Mr. Garvey, Keegan-Michael Key's sketch comedy characterization of a no-nonsense substitute teacher:

"Mischievous and deceitful; 'chicanerous' and deplorable!"

I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around the willingness of these radical Republicans to hold hostage the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of government employees; the economy and its tenuous, far from complete, recovery; and the numerous other pressing issues before the government all for the purposes of preventing a standing law, which they have already failed many, many times to repeal and which is intended to reform an objectively failing health care system, from going into effect.

Furthermore, we're truly witnessing a real-life 'theatre of the absurd' when WWII Veterans have to break the law to visit a memorial dedicated to themselves and their fallen brothers-in-arms.

The only thing Republicans are right about is that Obamacare is not our best option, but that's because we never would have come even this far with the proper reform -- establishment of a single-payer system

Let's just hope that our elected representatives can resolve this shut down quickly and 'tea party' members of congress can return to opposing needed legislation in ways that don't damage lives, like their 40-something other attempts to stop health care reform. I'd like to say we should hope the 'tea party' coalition switches to offering positive suggestions for improving legislation and making efforts to compromise so we can tackle big issues, but I find it increasingly difficult to believe that is possible. The sad truth is:

When you elect people who believe government doesn't work, the government isn't going to work.

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