Failure to cooperate and govern constructively is what has held back our economy and stimulated strife among the American people. Now it has shut down the government.
Members of Congress should be the first to turn off their lights, shut down their public relations apparatus, go home and not be seen for a while — at least until they are ready to grow up and lead. Sadly, their paychecks are constitutionally guaranteed through the shutdown.
Plenty of blame for the constant gridlock in Washington can be shared across parties and party factions. But this latest debacle mostly can be credited to extremists and Republicans who cower to them, especially in the House.
Let’s just consider the face of this: The hijacked “GOP” has shut down the government for what reason? So that more Americans won’t get health insurance? Think about how that sounds. And to stop a health care program that’s already begun.
Obamacare isn’t perfect by any stretch, but the thing was passed, signed into law and ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Give it up.
What opponents really should be doing is fixing the flaws in the Affordable Care Act. But, no, that wouldn’t be any fun for the politicians. They have been hell-bent on sabotaging the law — destroying something intended to fix a problem that once upon a time we all agreed needed to be fixed.
Health care reform already is well into motion. In fact, the health insurance exchanges opened for business on the very day the government was shut down over this issue. You know, the health insurance marketplace was a Republican idea long before it was incorporated into Obamacare.
And when you get down to the core of this, what this really is about is President Obama. Despite a health care reform plan that has components Republicans used to promote, this is about denying Obama — or probably any Democratic president — a significant policy accomplishment on his watch.
For those who couldn’t care less who takes credit, this is despicable.
Members of Congress making this their last stand against Obamacare will say they are doing the will of the American people. But most Americans opposed to Obamacare likely are so only because the politicians tell them they should be. Polls show most people don’t even know what’s in the law.
It isn’t Obamacare that is the root of the evil in this country. The economy isn’t suffering because of Obamacare. The markets haven’t been dropping the past several days because of Obamacare.
The real problem in this country is Congress.
— The Hutchinson News