The Care Less Party
The GOP tried to set off some indoor fireworks in July by voting to repeal Obama Care. Problem is, they've already cast the same vote 32 other times.
All of America should drop to its knees and thank the GOP for providing us with replacement fireworks. As you undoubtedly are aware, cities all over the country this year were forced to cancel Fourth of July festivities due to fear of fire, glitchy computers and twitchy bureaucrats. Like there’s another kind.
For the 33rd time, all House business slammed to a grinding halt to accommodate yet another vote to repeal Obama Care. Again. 33 times. Let’s see what that looks like, shall we? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33.
You got to give the majority party credit for being able to flog this dead horse without getting any flying bits on them. 33 times is at least 32 times more than the administration ever tried to sell this bill to a public overwhelming in favor of its component parts.
They persevered even though everyone knows there’s a better chance of flamingoes flying out of monkey butts than the Senate ever signing on. And getting past a Presidential veto, substitute polka dotted pterodactyls for the flamingoes.
As political theater goes, this sad summer stock production fizzled with tired choreography and a script duller than Shakespeare in modern dress performed by 3rd graders in Mandarin. No wonder they keep trying to cut funding for the Arts, they’re deathly afraid of the competition.
They rationalized this particular recycled Theater of the Absurd production by claiming the necessity to make a statement. And indeed a statement has been made. That Congress is broken and impotent and hopelessly in need of adult supervision. Even as we speak, you can hear their 8 percent approval rating clanking down the basement steps to unimagined depths.
It has been estimated this extended season of Cirque de Folly has taken up two cumulative weeks of business at a cost of $24 million a week. That’s what it takes to keep the congressional gears oiled and moving. Nearly $50 million to hammer home a point more tedious than slogging through the instruction booklet of an British made solar generator.
We’re not even talking about more millions wasted to appease the base by blatantly restricting women’s rights. This is all perfectly good money that could have been spent on further tax cuts for the rich. Even with inflation, fifty million dollars worth of oil subsidies could go a long way. Any idea how many car elevators you could buy with that kind of money?
The official Party Line on Obama Care is Repeal and Replace but nobody has anything to replace it with. Ask for specifics and Republicans mumble and fidget and get as vague as Donald Trump talking about the importance of ethics while closing the deal.
First there was Romney Care, and now we got Obama Care, but if the hard line conservatives get their way, this country is going to end up with We Don’t Care. Less Care For You. Couldn’t Care Less. Just might have to rename these fiscally responsible charlatans as…The Care Less Party.
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