I burst out laughing when I saw today’s Daily News headline:
But I’m not sure that House Speaker Boehner deserves the honor he is accorded here. As far as I can tell, he’s an establishment politician who is somewhat embarrassed by his colleagues who are standing up for their principles and exercising their authority to actually change something. (After all, it wouldn’t be good for angry Democrats to stand up for their constituencies and work to undo bad Republican policy.)
In any case, the House, driven by Republicans, and the Senate failed to come to agreement last night, and as a result, the Federal government is now ‘shut down.’ Well, not really: the mail will still be delivered, the politicians will still get paid, and essential services are still running. But the national parks are closed across the country, and some 800,000 Federal employees are temporarily unemployed.
Whom do you blame for the government shutdown?
The direct answer is obvious: the House Republicans, of course. They could have gotten with the program and kicked the can down the road, as has been done a hundred times before. But the pollster’s question is loaded: it implies that the Federal government shutdown is a something to be blamed for.
To be sure, it’s not ideal, and not a desirable outcome. But it’s the first break in our time from the pattern of yowling and wailing about some problem or another and then resolving to change nothing. At least they’re trying.
Meanwhile, my mailbox is stuffed with missives from the Obamoids about the rotten Republicans who ‘want to prevent 40 million people from gaining affordable, accessible health care.’
No, that isn’t it at all. It’s that Obamacare insurance is not ‘affordable;’ it’s unclear, given shortages of doctors and the rotten medical care in this country (unless you’re in the 1%, going to a hospital is only marginally nicer than going to jail), how ‘accessible’ care will be; and maybe a third of ’40 million’ will benefit, while the rest of us are bankrupted in the process. Meanwhile, as a weekend bonus, employers all over the country are cutting their staffs and their hours so as not to have to pay for it.
And for those who say that Obamacare is ‘the law of the land,’ settled and beyond debate, I have three words:
So was Prohibition.