The scene plays out time after time in Washington, D.C.: a crisis is looming for the American people and our economy, such as we need to raise the debt ceiling again to keep from defaulting on our debts or some such thing. Some Republicans (Ted Cruz, Mike Lee,), concerned as to what this constant spending and borrowing will mean for the future, hold out in some way. They might use their Constitutional authority as the entity with the power of the purse to refuse to fund an enormous law (or parts of that law) that was passed with dubious tactics. They appear to be standing strong against their opponents for a couple of weeks…even the weepy Speaker of the House (John Boehner) seems to want to get some traction in favor of more fiscal responsibility. Under pressure from the opposing party and the public relations department of the Obama Administration (The Media), resolution turns to surrender. At the last minute, usually within hours that the supposed calamity is set to hit, the Speaker along with his too-long-in-the-tooth cronies in his party (John McCain, Bob Corker) come together to “compromise” (give in) to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. Democrats celebrate because this time, they not only got everything they wanted without having to give anything, but they have the added bonus that Tea Party Republicans like Cruz and Lee and the whole Tea Party movement as a whole are finished.
At least that’s the story they’re sticking to for now. After the smoke cleared, McCain and others took to the airwaves to lambaste the junior senator from Texas (Cruz) for causing a government shutdown and “holding the country hostage” over the funding of Obamacare. He was called a racist, fascist and a terrorist.
People should know that it wasn’t the Tea Party Republicans holding the nation hostage over Obamacare; it was Obama himself and his party. Many resolutions were passed by the Republicans in Congress that could have avoided the government shutdown, such as allowing the American people to be freed from the mandate to sign up for coverage (as Obama did for big businesses) and making sure that Congress, the President and their staffs would also be subject to the mandate. Obama would have none of it, and Harry Reid refused to even entertain such “nonsense” in the Senate. So there was a shutdown.
The only ones who actually stood up for the people they represented were Senator Cruz and those who supported him. These are people who won their elections because they promised to do all they could to get rid of the (un)Affordable Care Act. It doesn’t seem to sit well with the mainstream media and political hacks from both parties that someone would actually do what they were sent to Washington to do. Obama likes to remind his opponents, “I won.” Well, so did they!
Now, just days after Ted Cruz was called a fascist for attempting to delay Obamacare (especially given its disastrous launch), Democrats in the Senate are calling for the very same thing. They aren’t being called “hostage takers”, “fascists” or “racists”. What just last week was an extremist point of view to media morons now seems like a sane and logical idea when it’s coming out of the mouths of members of the party they support. Funny how that works. But those guys are more worried about the 2014 election and what that could mean for anyone running with a “D” behind their names. Obamacare was, after all, a Democrat creation from start to finish, and passed with no support from the other side of the aisle.
GOP establishment-types like Boehner and McCain make a big mistake in thinking the Tea Party is dead. They seem to suffer from the same ailment that Obama’s signature law has: SNAFU. The military slang means “situation normal: all fouled up” **keeping it clean for a family-friendly blog**
According to Wikipedia, SNAFU means that the “situation is bad, but that this is a normal state of affairs. It is typically used in a joking manner to describe something that’s working as intended” [Emphasis mine]. Republicans seem to like things as they are and don’t enjoy new ideas from any young whippersnappers like Cruz and Company. They’re afraid of success and they lose a lot of elections…and they like it like that! They don’t do a whole lot to differentiate themselves from the other party these days. At least that’s how it seems, and they will keep losing as long as they continue to ignore, chastise, vilify and debase those who were elected because they were true conservatives.
Meanwhile, now that the debt ceiling is being raised again (think of it as giving Obama a blank check) we can all rest easy until it needs to be raised again in February. Actually, the next crisis has been unfolding for some time as Obamacare’s website Healthcare.gov continues to leave people scratching their heads and wanting to throw their computers out the window. Jay Leno summed it up well when he commented, “Today there were more problems with the website. It seems when you type in your age, it’s confusing, because it’s not clear if they want the age you are right now or the age you’ll be when you finally log in.”
Obamacare, a SNAFU that’s working as intended? Yeah, probably so.