One more sign the Republicans will ignore at their peril

Funny, for a program Boehner & co. claim nobody wants, the Affordable Care Act website was clobbered with applicants trying to sign up for it. I’m still waiting to get a login page.

I’m also still waiting for Boehner to explain how the Republican plan of doing nothing is superior to having government-assisted insurance through the ACA. I’m not going to accept any theoretical arguments about what the size and scope of the federal government should be — my ongoing health and well-being is frankly a lot more important to me. I’m almost half convinced the Republican plan is to hope that people like me are dead before we qualify for Medicare and Social Security. They’re certainly acting that way.

Funny how their obsession with life ends at birth. They sure don’t give a shit about people after they’re born.

Of course, we know the real reason Boehner’s taking a hardline position is because he’s got a bunch of extremist backbenchers ready to throw him out of the speakership if he dares to behave like a responsible adult rather than a whiny selfish brat, and he’d rather be the hood ornament on the Toonerville Trolley than safely seatbelted into the passenger seat of a sensible sedan obeying the speed limit.

I wish I could live to be 150. I would love to see what historians of the future have to say about this era — beyond the obvious “what the hell was *wrong* with them?”

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4 comments so far

  1. Felix on

    Funny how their obsession with life ends at birth. They sure don’t give a shit about people after they’re born.

    You nailed it SO WELL. Can I quote you?

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Be my guest! I’m sure I’m not the first person to have noticed this. Also, that these are the people generally most gung-ho in favor of the death penalty. Not very pro-life for the actually living, are they?

  2. Felix on

    I wish I could live to be 150. I would love to see what historians of the future have to say about this era — beyond the obvious “what the hell was *wrong* with them?”

    Missed this one somehow… feel free to combine my comments. What they’ll say is, “a natural conclusion to the very dark age that was the 20th century”, IMO.

    For an alternative, see the Slate.com series on “how we’d report on this if it happened in a 3rd-world country”. Saddest humor ever…

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      I think a lot of it is to do with millennialism (overt or subliminal). I expect that a far chunk of the evangelical support for the GOP is surprised that we’re still here and that the Rapture and/or Jesus didn’t come in the year 2000. So the last twenty-five, thirty years of the last century, they had this “well, fuck it, we’re not going to be here that much longer” attitude towards the world, and since the Earth is still here, they don’t know what to do with it — or with themselves.


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