Allow me to quote The Donald…
“The Democrats, lead (misspelling his) by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning.”
Well, Grab Our Pussies, now is your chance to make things right for America!
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed back in ’08, Republicans have been pulling their hair out and crying “socialism” and have even gone so far as shutting down the government to try to kill it. Several times Obama offered to work with them to improve the ACA, but nothing would satisfy them short of a total “root and branch” repeal. And yet, in all the time since ’08, the conservative party has produced a total of zero alternatives to Obama’s signature health care reform.
Nothing, nada, zip, squat, a big goose egg!
So now they’ve won the 2016 election and it’s their time to shine…but they still they got nothing. “Repeal Obamacare!” and then what? Face it, all the Republicans have done for the last eight years is play the blame game like a pro team. To be sure, it’s easy to call people “clowns” and raise hell about every little flaw in something as complex as a major healthcare reform law. However, it’s quite another thing to put your shoulder to the wheel and do some actual work. The big question, of course, is “Can they do it?”
Personally, I have my doubts. True, Republicans now control all the levers of power—House, Senate, and Executive Branch, so everything they want should be doable. But they are a gaggley bunch of infighters who are prone to argue over the color of an orange. You’ve got the Tea Party zealots who are ideologically opposed to just about any government program, because “socialism.” Then there are the old school Republicans like Linsey Graham and John McCain who are smart enough to know that jerking away twenty million people’s health insurance might cause a little backlash. And finally, there’s the Trumpster himself, who frankly has not a clue what the hell he’s doing and is just as likely to torpedo his own party with some asinine tweet as he is to scratch his nose.
The simple truth is that it’s always been easier to tear something down than it is to build it up. Under the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell, the Republican party became nothing but a wrecking ball, doing all it can to smash down Obama policies, programs, and reputation. Now, the GOP needs to completely re-invent itself into a full tool box with hammers, saws, screwdrivers, and wrenches to get the job done. So far they have shown no signs of doing that. Their workday has already begun…and the foreman is glaring at them.
As for me, I am free, baby! I no longer feel compelled argue with conservatives about Obamacare, or Selendra, or ISIS, or any Democratic policy. I will simply ask the question, “What are YOU GUYS going to do about it–SPECIFICALLY?” I expect to get a lot of blank stares followed by abrupt changes of subject, but I will not be dissuaded.
Because now, it’s time for them to put up or shut up!
By Clayton J. Callahan