The other day, someone came up to me and, in quite a friendly manner, told me that he’d like to cut off my left leg. I responded, quite firmly, no. He then said, “Ok, how about just from the knee down?” I, incredulously, told him to get the hell away from me. He then followed with, “fine, how about just the toes?” When I told the guy that he was out of his mind if he thought I was going to let him cut anything off me, his response was, “Hey, I’m willing to negotiate on this, why won’t you?”
Oh, sorry, did I say it was my left leg? It was actually Obamacare. And did I say it was some guy? Oops, it was congressional Repubs.
Yup, a law (just a reminder that its no longer a bill) that was negotiated in 2009 when it was passed by both houses of Congress, then re-negotiated when 21 states challenged it in the Supreme Court (and lost), then re-negotiated during the 2012 election, (remember Repeal and Replace?) when it was a major part of Mitt Romney’s campaign, (he lost), then re-negotiated, at last count, by voting against it 41 times in the Repub controlled House, then trying to get the Senate to do the same,(they wouldn’t).
So, unless my math is wrong, these imbeciles are complaining that the President won’t negotiate about something that has been negotiated 44 times already, just because the Repubs keep losing! I once had a 4-year-old like that. Whenever she didn’t get her way, she kept arguing about it, stamping her feet, holding her breath and refusing to do what she was told until she got her way, even though she never got her way.
It seems that when Repubs don’t get their way (even after 44 times), they throw their beloved and oft-quoted Constitution out the window and, rather than try to use the democratic process that they claim to love so much in order to win, just hold their breath and stamp their feet in the hope that they’ll get their way.
That’s what this refusal to fund the government is, in reality. It is a temper tantrum by the Repubs because they haven’t been able to get their way on Obamacare. They don’t care what happens to the 800,000 people furloughed last Tuesday, or the 1,000,000 children of parents who utilize Head Start so they can go to work and feed their families, or the cancer treatment provided HHS to children. None of those things matter as much as these girly-men getting their way.
Well, maybe its time to take a page out of their playbook. Maybe after all this is over, the Democrats should refuse to vote to fund the government if, oh, I don’t know, we can’t get a gun registration bill passed, or if they refuse to repeal Stand Your Ground laws, or agree to immigration reform, or any of the other things the Democrats want and Repubs won’t give in on.
Yeah, that’s it. Let’s amend the Constitution to include “When the Minority Party in Congress can’t get its way, it should make the country suffer by refusing to do its fundamental job until the Majority gives in.”
Yeah, as long as the Repubs are the minority party (as chosen by the American people) they should never lose anything. After all, what idiot came up with this Majority Rule garbage anyway?