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Good-bye to all that…

Here’s another volley in the endless blitz of retrograde comments from Republican congressional representatives, reported by The Wall Street Journal:

“When it comes to some health-care summit that’s nothing more than a photo op designed to pave the way for Obamacare 2.0, the answer is no,” Rep. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Still, they plan to attend and highlight public opposition to the bills and to spotlight their own ideas. “If the president is sincere about moving forward in a bipartisan fashion, he must take the reconciliation process—which will be used [to] jam through legislation that a majority of Americans do not want—off the table,” House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said Friday.

“Obamacare.” How that term rings of partisan nastiness and intransigence! What on earth is the matter with the Republican party—one I once belonged to and was proud to serve? When did the Grand Old Party come to represent downright backwardness? I’m afraid that’s the word that comes to my mind (well—one of the words) as I watch members of my former party dig their heels in the sand and do every cussed thing they can think of to derail any positive action of any kind that might make life better for Americans…for no other apparent reason than stubborn hatred.

Not for one moment do I believe the GOP is even faintly interested in “the reconciliation process.” Actions speak ever so much louder than words. The actions we have seen have revealed extreme right-wing dogma and loyalty not to America but to well-heeled corporate supporters and their accomplished, amoral lobbyists.

The issue has little to do with universal health care coverage. As Megan McArdle writes for The Atlantic, we don’t even know for sure whether access to health insurance really does save lives—whether it has any long-term effect on mortality at all. No one has seriously asked that question during the fruitless “debate” (one might call it “impasse”) that we have watched over the past year or so. No. The issue is that the American political system is grinding to a halt, hung up by a kudzu-like bloom of stubbornness, dogmatic hostility, flowering greed, and grotesque thinking that the Founding Fathers could never have anticipated would take hold in America.

Politicians used to be self-serving now and again, but at least most could manage to get past their short-sightedness to function in their country’s interest. As we have seen, that is no longer true, particularly of the GOP. When Congress ceases to function—which is exactly what is happening—then America ceases to function as a free republic.

What a sorry spectacle!

8 thoughts on “Good-bye to all that…”

  1. With our nation facing enormous problems that demand solutions, the GOP demonstrates that it’s party first, country last, forever and ever and ever, amen.

  2. Funny, I couldn’t agree with you more. As a lifelong democrat, I was also disgusted with the demands of some in order to get their support.

    In the meantime, if we don’t have health care reform I can’t retire early. I need health insurance and wouldn’t be eligible for an indivdual policy.

  3. Funny,

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. I just wrote about this subject.

    Number of Total Senators = 100

    Number of Democrat Senators = 57

    Number of Republican Senators= 41

    Number of Independent Senators = 2 (Both caucus with Democrats).

    Number of votes needed to pass ANY legislation = 51


    Total Number of Representatives in The House – 435

    Total Number of Democrat Representatives = 256

    Total Number of Republican Representatives – 178

    Total Number of Independent Representatives = 0

    There is currently 1 vacant seat.

    Number of votes needed to pass ANY Legislation (51%) = 222

    If the dems could get their own act together then they CAN PASS ANY PIECE OF LEGISLATURE THEY WANT! A super majority only means that a filibuster could occur but when was the last time that actually happened? 30 years ago or so lol

  4. @ Evan: Nice job of number-crunching!!

    LOL! Any way you look at it, the Congress seems to be nonfunctional. Whatever the reason, the don’t seem to be getting the job done.

    I say let’s vote ’em all out next time!

  5. Yup! I am FINE with booting all of them. This pay for play crap that BOTH sides are known for (can we talk about Neb.’s medicaid costs not going up?) makes me sick.


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