30 Days and 30 Blogs
I almost went the whole month without going on a political rant. But here it is, the last day of 30 Days and 30 Blogs 3, and the republicans have shut down the government. Sure the democrats could have just caved and defunded Obamacare, but “change the law or we’ll shut down the government” should not be a bargaining tactic.
Look I get it, republicans don’t like Obamacare. But it’s not just a bill now, it’s the law. It was approved by both houses and signed by the president. You lost this battle, friends. You failed to win in the Supreme Court. You failed to win in the presidential election. You failed to win the 40+ times you’ve voted in the house to repeal it. Let. It. Go.
If Obamacare was the only spending program going on right now, I could see this level of fixation. But the government spends TONS of money on so many different programs. You could have use Obamacare as a bargaining chip against the other “entitlements” you hate so much. “We’ll back you on Obamacare but only if you make cuts here, here, and here.”
Or you could say we want X instead of Obamacare. Where “X” is some other way to make sure people don’t have to go without health insurance. Because I will admit, I’m not in love with Obamacare. It’s only slightly better than our current horrible situation. So if you have a plan that’s even a little better than Obamacare, that would be fantastic! Maybe we can all keep coming up with better and better plans and fix this system in baby steps. But you’re baby stepping in the wrong direction. “I think we should just leave the crappy system the way it is,” is not a great rallying cry.
I would like to know who the moderate republicans were who tried to avoid this shutdown at the last minute. It’s a shame it didn’t work, but the next time Ted Cruz or Michell Bachman* steps up to the mic, let one of those moderate republicans speak instead.
*That’s probably not how you spell her name and I don’t care enough to look it up