Friday, October 4, 2013

The Shutdown and the GOP: Cutting Through the BS

I'm just going to jump right in with both feet on this one.  Because truthfully after reading and listening to conservative pundits and politicians all week I've really just about had all I can take.  The government shutdown really has me feeling some kind of way.  I mean never mind the fact that the shutdown never should have happened in the first damn place.  The rhetoric coming out of Washington, and in particular from the GOP, is just out and out ridiculous. The level of bullshit has become so extreme it is almost comedic.  So I'm going to pull my boots up and try to wade through some of this shit in my usual eloquent and tactful manner.  Here we go....

First there is this bit of fuckery:  Obama wont negotiate.

OK let's just set aside that Obama doesn't HAVE to negotiate.  Let's set aside the fact that the ACA was voted through the House, voted through the Senate, signed into law, and upheld by the Supreme Court.  Let's set aside that the negotiations are OVER and the ACA is now the law.  Let's put all that on the shelf for a second.  What makes ANYONE think that the GOP has any interest in negotiation?  They want Obamacare gone.  They want it gone so bad they are willing to shutdown the government and are willing to default.  Their negotiation amounts to "Get rid of Obamacare or else".  What's more, what makes anyone think that they will stop?  If Obama yields and even partially gives them what they want they will not stop here.  They will push and push until Obamacare no longer exists.  What's more, they will be emboldened by the fact that they were able to bully the POTUS and will not hesitate to essentially hold government hostage whenever they don't get their way.  To pretend that the GOP is in any way interested in "negotiation" is ludicrous.

Then there is this nonsense:  Obamacare was "forced" on the American people

How many times have you heard conservative pundits yammer on about how the ACA was forced on the American public?  Apparently these fools are unfamiliar with democracy and how it works.  Once more for the cheap seats: The ACA was VOTED ON by duly elected officials in the House, the Senate, and signed into law by the President of the United States.  It's constitutionality was called into question and UPHELD by the Supreme Court.  Elections matter.  If the GOP really gave a shit about democracy they would respect the process and the rule of law.  Instead, they have chosen to try to strong arm and choke out the government because they didn't get what they wanted. 

Which brings me to this BS:  Tea Party Politicians campaigned on Repeal and Replace what?  Let's set aside that they have nothing to replace it with.  Does anyone believe the Tea Party should be able to shutdown the government based on some bullshit campaign promises?  Yes I said bullshit campaign promises.  Because any candidate that promised to repeal the ACA was campaigning on some bullshit.  The one slim chance that the GOP had to repeal the ACA evaporated when Obama beat the breaks off of Mitt Romney for a second term.  Even then there was very little chance of that happening with the Democrats controlling the Senate.  So any politician campaigning on the repeal of Obamacare was blowing smoke up your ass from the word GO.

And finally this one: The GOP is trying to protect Americans from a bad and expensive law
Get the hell out of here with that bullshit.  Don't for one split second pretend that the GOP suddenly cares about the American people.  You mean the same Republicans that voted AGAINST a minimum wage increase?  The same Republicans that are proposing 40 BILLIONS dollars in cuts to food stamps and public aid?  The same Republicans that support laws that continue to oppress and disenfranchise millions of Americans?  Suddenly I'm supposed to believe that they are so concerned they are willing to shut down the government in order to protect me from a harmful healthcare law?  Please.  Spare me.

I could keep going.  But I think my point has been made.  The ACA is not perfect.  It needs to be improved upon in many ways.  There are REAL ISSUES that need to be discussed where it is concerned.  But can we please stop the bullshit?  It's too much.  I'm tired of it.  Americans are tired of it.  Dysfunctional bullshit politics needs to come to an end.  This cant continue.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

American Imperialism: The Naked Truth About the Shut Down.

The Federal government has shut down.  Big surprise right?

Let's be honest here people.  We all knew this was going to happen.  The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the law.  Like most laws, it was voted on in the House of Representatives, voted on in the Senate, and signed by the President.  It survived several challenges by the opponents and was upheld by the Supreme Court.  Some people are for Obamacare.  Others are against it.  But this blog posting is not about whether you are for or against Obamacare.  Instead I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that American democracy is a lie.  My fellow Americans, we live in an empire.  We live in a plutocracy.  The government doesn't serve you.  Your politicians don't serve you.  You serve them.

Don't believe me?  Let's talk about the shut down.  Let's set aside that this shut down accomplished nothing.  Let's set aside that there was never a point where a shut down would accomplish anything.  Obamacare was rolling out Oct. 1st no matter what.  Politicians were willing to allow the Federal Government to shut down to make an ideological point.  Why?  It's not just because the hate Obamacare.  It's because there is no consequence for them.  None.  Congress isn't going to lose anything.  Congress will still get paid.  They will still receive benefits.  They will still cash checks from corporate lobbyists.  No one will lose their job or position.  Basically, the shutdown will have NO IMPACT WHATSOEVER on them.  None.

The American people?  Well that's another matter entirely.  Thousands will not be paid.  Thousands don't have a job to go to.  Thousands will see their benefits freeze.  As the shutdown continues that number will grow.   Imagine a game a chicken where the politicians place YOU in the car instead of themselves.  Imagine a game of Russian roulette where the politicians place the gun to YOUR head and not theirs.  That's exactly what this is.  Congress is basically holding Americans hostage until they get their way.

It's always been that way too.  American politicians can't relate to you.  They don't worry about putting food on the table.  They don't worry about how they will send their kids to college.  They don't worry about how they are going to pay their mortgage or how they are going to pay for their healthcare.  They live on Planet Washington.  The economy, unemployment, and social conditions of this country has no impact on them.

America is an empire folks.  You and I are pawns.  Believe whatever the hell you like.  But that's the truth.  This "shutdown" is just another example.  You have two options at this point.  Accept it and deal.  Or you can wake up and push back.  There is no such thing as American exceptionalism.  American imperialism?  Well that's another matter entirely....

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