2 months, 1 week ago by Strawman
The Academy Award for the Best Performance for a male actor in a leading role goes to: Barack H. Obama. Unlike the Nobel Peace Prize he received in 2009 for showing up, Obama earned this award for his performance as the President of the United States, who, much to his dismay, was having to inform the country that, for the 18th time since the mid-70’s, the government was being shut down by Congress. Obama appeared nationwide on Monday evening and said, "If the Congress does not fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget today, most of the government will shut down tomorrow. A shutdown will have a very real economic impact on a lot of people right away. The idea of putting people's hard-earned progress at risk is the height of irresponsibility, and it does not have to happen," Obama said. How he said that without doing the Happy Dance and high-fiving his staff members deserves something.
However, he was right; the shutdown didn’t have to happen. But, just before midnight Monday night Senators, voting along party lines (54-46) defeated a new House proposal that would have delayed the individual mandate, a core piece of the Affordable Care Act, and prevented congressional lawmakers and staff from receiving federal subsidies when they enter healthcare exchanges. There were no surprises and no defections. So, it did happen—the government shutdown that is; thanks to those on the left.
Whether he knows it or not, Harry Reid described the latest effort by Congress this way; “this time the House has attached a poison pill that would punish 16,000 congressional staff,” he said.
A poison pill? So, let me get this straight, Harry; it’s OK for the taxpayer to bear the full brunt of the Affordable Care Act but it is PUNISHMENT for the 16,000 congressional staff members to have to participate in the same manner as we common folks? Harry, methinks you’ve overdosed on Cialis again. Seems like what blood you have left hasn’t reached the correct head in this case. Punishment? Did you really mean to say punishment?
And Mr. President; the last time THE DEMOCRATS passed a budget Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska---Tiger Woods was still happily married---Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gaddafi were still alive---and “Fast and Furious” was just a movie. And while the Republicans do, in a word, suck, they’re just following your lead. As they should, don’t you know?
So, let’s not get all historic and hysteric about this government shutdown thing. I’m pretty sure Mr. Obama and his minions will continue to host the best and brightest at the White House---and he’ll continue to fly to all points of the globe to tell those who will listen what a bunch of losers those Republicans are—while at the same time, closing national parks and furloughing those “non-essential” folks on the government payroll.
A poison pill? Punishment? Perhaps the best description of the Affordable Care Act I’ve heard yet…….