Friday, August 15, 2014
I CAN BE OBJECTIVE SOMETIMES
A recent anonymous commenter accused me of slinging mud at our President.
I have been.
They asked if all of the negativity coming from my blog is accomplishing anything.
I agreed with them that it was not.
They also accused me of worshipping at the Republican altar.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
Funny thing is, I got his (or her-no sexist I) comments while composing this post about the Republican leadership in Congress suing the president.
I gotta wonder-besides the obvious positioning-what’s the frigging point of this lawsuit?
The Republican-controlled House is voted to sue Mr. Obama for exceeding his executive authority, and threats of impeachment are in the air.
I guess something has to be in the DC air when it is not cherry blossom season...
Republicans insist that the House needs to make a stand and “defend the Constitution,” citing President Obama’s own words as a senator challenging President George W. Bush for making "laws as he goes along.”
Now I ask you-where was all the Republican indignation when Bush was doing essentially the same thing?
Obama is under fire for selectively implementing the Accountable Care Act (which most Republicans were against anyway).
In particular, he is being assailed for waiving the individual penalties (through 2016) for individuals whose plans were cancelled due to not meeting the minimum requirements under the law.
Yet in 2006, President Bush took administrative action to waive “penalty fees for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities who sign up late.”
Like the Accountable Care Act, the launch of President George W. Bush’s prescription benefit plan was hampered by technical glitches, setbacks, and mass confusion.
Where was the indignation of Congress then?
Make no mistake-I was opposed to Obamacare.
There is no constitutional authority for it.
But that ship has sailed.
So since my tax dollars (and more importantly, Social Security and Medicare tax dollars) have been usurped to pay for this (along with a whole lot of money borrowed from China) can we stop with the political posturing already?
And what exactly do they expect the outcome of this lawsuit to be?
Republicans in Congress know the President will not be impeached.
This is all fodder for the mid-term elections.
But I’ve been saying for months, if the Republicans hang their mid-term hats on Obamacare, they may as well not bother running.
So stay home in November, America...even if you are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs, I do not see anyone offering up solutions.
Because all the Republicans seem to have is attacking Obama.
And all the Democrats have is attacking the Repulican-controlled Congress.
No one is offering solutions.
No one is attempting to compromise.
No one is even coming up with catchy slogans like Obama came up with that don't say anything ("Hope And Change". "Forward") but still look great on the peeling bumper stickers
of his legion of followers.
As Jon Stewart said last night on The Daily Show, Congress is the Sharknado 2 of legislative bodies.
Except Sharknado 2 was supposed to suck.
This is how low our political process has sunk.
I can only hope that Americans look past the nonsense, stop buying into the notion that a lot of tenure in Congress is a good thing, and give the new blood a chance.
Sadly, even local politics are not immune to the BS. In Arizona, two candidates for the Corporation Commission have posted signs along my morning commute vowing to "fight Obama."
Explain how, guys.
What contact does the AZ Corporation Commission have with the President of the United States?
Is he planning on incorporating in Arizona?
Maybe opening up a Kenyan/Hawaiian gift store?