Tuesday, October 1, 2013

About the Government Shutdown?

"This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That's it. That's why the Republican Party might shut down the government and default on the debt."

I hate situations where I deal with generalities.  I like to take the world as a nuanced and interesting series of pastels and bolds, lights and darks, yings and yangs.  The world is beautifully diverse, amazingly complex.  Even the most dickish of human beings is, in fact, a human being.  They have their own hopes and fears and dreams.

And yet, most of the DC Republicans, specifically all of those that ascribe to the "Tea Party" sensibilities, are some of the most useless, dumbfuck groups of people I have ever seen.

You know, I hardly understand everything that is in Obamacare.  And since it was created by Washington, DC, I know for damn sure the Obamacare bill isn't perfect.  That's just the nature of things created in DC--a series of compromises to reach something sort of resembling what you have as a goal.  Obamacare is still some of the most meaningful and progressive reforms to the healthcare system that we've seen in years.  It is absolutely a good thing, despite some of the hiccups that will inevitably come with it.

If the Tea Party wanted a different bill, they should have come up with a different bill.  This was created BY FUCKING CONGRESS.  It's not like they didn't have the opportunity for input.

But that's not what this is about.  This isn't even honestly about what the above quote says.  No, it's about grandstanding.  About taking a stand against the black guy that these guys haven't liked since literally the day he got elected for his first term. It's all about dismantling the government one piece at a time.  That's been their goal since they first popped up doing their little "grass roots" movements--that were funded by giant corporations and their mega-rich owners.

The book It's Even Worse Than It Looks details how Republicans, because of the Tea Party, have been driven so far right of center that, even if you could lob some complaints at the Democrats, it pales in comparison to the extremist views and actions of the their right-wing counterparts.

It's an interesting, genius long-con, too.  As Chuck Wendig points out in his post, the goal is to shift all rights to the corporations, who have taken control of our government and held it in a stranglehold.  They're like the yeerks from Animorphs, wrapping their slimy slug bodies around our nations brain to strangle all individual and humanitarian thought from them and replacing it with HOW TO HELP BIG BUSINESS.

The Republican Party, in it's current incarnation, is going the way of the dinosaur.  They're kicking and screaming like a spoiled child being dragged out of a grocery store because they know that their run of things is ending fast.  It won't be immediate, it won't be clean, but they're going away.
"A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday morning, hours before funding for the government is scheduled to run out, also indicates that most Americans think Republicans in Congress are acting like spoiled children in this fiscal fight, with the public divided on whether the president is acting like a spoiled child or a responsible adult.
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According to the poll, 58% say congressional Democrats are acting like spoiled children, with that number rising to 69% for the GOP in Congress. Only one in four say congressional Republicans are acting like responsible adults."

Just once, it'd be nice to see the politicians in DC work for something other than their goddamned reelections.  Just once, it'd be nice to hear that Congress has worked for something besides earning more political points from their investors and lobbyists.

I'm only 24.  In my short few years, I've seen Barack Obama get elected twice.  Our country, as a whole, has made amazing strides toward equality in marriage.

And yet, we've also seen the Supreme Court strike down the Voting Rights Act, the Republican Party fight tooth and nail against a reform in healthcare, a major political candidate write off 47% of the country, and seven mass shooting incidents resulting in a little impotent outrage but no actual gun law reforms--that's 151 victims, just so you know.  

What in the actual fuck, America?

UPDATED @ 5:33PM

Joshua Holland has some incredibly salient points today about the Tea Party and their so called "compromise."
A negotiation is between two parties that want different things and come to some compromise. Nobody should want a shutdown or a default and passing budgets and paying the federal government’s debts aren’t Democratic priorities. Rather, what we are seeing now is a “negotiation” in which Republicans are demanding a lot and offering absolutely nothing in return. MSNBC’s Steve Benen offered a handy chart to make this point clear:
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The reason all of this is important is simple: A faction within one of our parties has rejected the basic structure of our democratic system – the separation of powers. The only thing that will break the fever that grips them – the only thing that can break the fever – is intense public backlash, and not just from Democratic partisans, but also from the majority of Republicans who don’t identify with the tea party movement and oppose these antics. By muddying the waters of what’s really going on here with their perpetual false equivalence, the Beltway media is making that reckoning unlikely to occur.
I just...I'm just so fucking tired, man.

Fuck.