I post this at 9:30 pm Washington time on September 30, 2013. Right now it looks like the impasse in Congress over the continuing resolution will continue through midnight and the United States Government will shut down for some period of time.
I am a staunch fiscal conservative and a long time member of the Republican Party. I dislike virtually all of Obama's policies and feel that healthcare is of such fundamental importance to the citizens of this country that legislation regarding it should have been thoroughly discussed and openly debated before it was passed by Congress. That was not done. Obamacare was written in secret and passed by a bare majority of Democrats in Congress.
I believe current political polling that indicates that a large percentage of the American public has serious reservations about Obamacare and I commend all of our citizens, Democrat and Republican, who have spoken so eloquently against it. I hold both Democrats and Republicans responsible, however, for the current impasse and believe that, in this situation, the President should have facilitated the national discussion that did not happen when the law was drafted instead of insisting on it's partial implementation later this week. Obama is, in effect, joining Pelosi and Reid in cramming it down our throats.
Having said all of the above, I would like to tell any Republican politician that might deign to listen to a mere citizen, that I think that most of them are acting like idiots or worse. Whether we like it or not, and I most certainly do not, the Affordable Health Care Act was legally passed by Congress. Conservatives challenged it all the way to the Supreme Court and lost. We then made it a major issue in the 2012 presidential election and Obama ate our lunch. Then some misguided members of our party decided that we should oppose it's funding as part of the continuing resolution fight even though we did not have the votes to win. Now, the nation has a government shutdown looming and we want everybody to blame Obama and the Democrats. Talk about wishful thinking!
The other day, Governor Huckabee articulated my own position far better and more fulsomely than I could ever do it. He argued that we should just let the Democrats own Obamacare and pick up the political fall out in 2014 and 2016. If we are right about how bad this law is, we will gain control of enough of government to do something more than just moan about it. If we are wrong about it, the country will be better off and we deserve to be defeated. I certainly hope that we have had enough of our adventure in tilting against windmills and are not thinking seriously about continuing this stupidity into the forthcoming fight over the debt ceiling. If we do that I will begin to suspect that we are in reality working clandestinely for Hillary Clinton.
PS: I hope that somebody pulls a rabbit out of a hat before midnight.