Matt HealeySunday,28 July 2013

The Snap:

I know that nothing ever changes. I know that because I wrote about it before. The inspiration for that post was that after a while on trail I tuned into the news and even though the topics were different, the news was essentially exactly the same as it was before.

The Download:

Now I think that this has been taken to a new level. I am referring to the escalating threat to shut down the government or default on the debt unless Obama defends the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the law that is often referred to as Obama Care, AKA his signature legislation. So let’s back up. To date the house has voted 37 or 38 times to repeal the law. Further, repealing the law was a central theme in the recent 2012 election that the evangelical christian party of god lost to Obama. In every case the attempts to block the law from going into effect have failed. Yet the attempts continue to the point of desperation. This is like watching Orley Tatiz try to overturn the results of the 2008 election because on her planet, Obama was not born in the U.S. It is time for the opposition to accept that they lost this fight. ACA is going to become law.

But the redundancy does not stop there. This time rather than just voting to repeal, passing the bill to the Senate where it promptly dies, they are dragging out the prospect of a government shutdown or default. Didn’t this also happen? Specifically in 2011? So now we get another chance to watch the House participate in more made-for-TV theatrics. There will be negotiations between the President and an increasingly impotent John Bohner that will result in an agreement that will not pass the house. Then more brinkmanship followed by a bad agreement like sequester.

Since we know how this will turn out, and apparently we can not stop the insanity (Since insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expect different results — like voting 38 times to repeal a law). Given this I think there is only one resource that the people have. Adrienne Boettinger needs to invent another drinking game so we can at least be drunk during the upcoming events.

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