Cynical beyond Belief, or (Channeling Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe) Just Plain Nuts

by Martin Kich

Martin Kich

Martin Kich

So the Far Right has been singularly focused on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and although they now want to decouple the two things because of increasingly negative polling data, they pointedly tried to force the repeal of the ACA through the shutdown of the government and their refusal to approve an increase in the federal debt limit.

But, having shut down the government—having prevented the government from functioning—they are now earnestly, even desperately, seeking out photo ops that allow them to complain that the government is not functioning.

First, it was the fact that wheelchair-bound World War II veterans could not visit their memorial in Washington, D.C. One Far Right congressman demonstrated that he is an absolute clown by publicly upbraiding a parks employee for not allowing visitors into the memorial—even though, as a result of the Congressman’s own votes, the parks employee was, in effect, working without any guarantee of being paid and was singlehandedly tasked with trying to protect that piece of federal property and, adding irony to insult to injury, with protecting the federal government from any legal liability that might arise because of insufficient staffing at the site.[See: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Congressman-Confronts-Park-Ranger-Over-Closed-WWII-Memorial-226209781.html.] Continue reading

Our Oxymoronic Politics: Defunding Government as a Major Fundraising Opportunity

by Martin Kich

Martin Kich

Martin Kich

All summer, various Far-Right organizations have been making money hand over fist by selling bumper stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and all sorts of other paraphernalia usually associated with political campaigns but, in this instance, promoting three delusional political causes: (1) the impending impeachment of President Obama; (2) the impending confiscation of all guns from all American households, whether law-abiding or not; and, of course, (3) the impending collapse of American medical care and the American economy because of the long-delayed enactment of the final major provisions of  the Affordable Care Act.

Never mind, that not even the most radical of the Tea Partiers in Congress have introduced any impeachment resolutions—or even mentioned impeachment on the House floor. Never mind that, despite recurring massacres, the Federal government has not been able to pass legislation that makes it even marginally more difficult for mentally unbalanced individuals to purchase assault weapons and large magazines of ammunition. Never mind that the Affordable Care Act is essentially a Conservative-endorsed approach to healthcare reform that the Far Right has been denouncing only because President Obama had somehow convinced himself that bipartisanship was possible even if he completely caved to Far Right demands.

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