I know something about House Speaker John Boehner since he's from the same general area of the country I am: Cincinnati, Ohio. This city and surrounding community has always been conservative and that's on a good day-usually regressive is the term I would use to define my hometown. This crowd was still saying, "let's wait until all the facts are in", a month before Richard Nixon resigned in August, 1974. They are always late in realizing the obvious, and are generally stuck in a past that's not coming back. They still can't get over that a black guy is president of the United States; and they always vote for John Boehner: what does that tell you?
The continuing arguments over Obamacare and the debt limit are freaking out the markets, and holding back a growing economy. Yes, that economy is growing slowly, but that's not too bad when you consider that the House of Representatives is populated by a regressive band of maniacs willing to do in the government, and the President, to make some absurd point about a law that's already been passed, and upheld by the Supreme Court. John Boehner could be a political hero, and for once, in his pathetic political life, stand up for what's best for America. That idea of going against the political grain to do what is best for America was the basis about eight United States Senators in a book called, "Profiles in Courage", by then Senator John F. Kennedy. But political courage has gone the way of the White Rhino. John Boehner is a peutrid coward who only cares about his job. Keeping that job gives him some power, and to keep that going, he has to jump every time the right-wing nuts of the Tea Party crack the whip. He'll go down in history as a failed Speaker, and a miserable human being for not helping his country when it mattered. History will show this, I promise. If he had any class, he would go against the Ted Cruz freaks, and stand up for America, and then retire from politics: what a glowing legacy he could leave behind.
The roll out of the Affordable Care Act was ugly, and there was almost no excuse for it since they had all the time in the world to prepare. In the final analysis though, I believe it will succeed because too many people not only need some sort of healthcare coverage, but we're living now in a country where job security is a thing of the past. In a whim, any American can lose his job, and with it-their healthcare. Why a majority of our fellow citizens don't get that yet is astonishing, but as with most slow moving sloths-it will hit most people at some point. When all the dust settles, and some tweeks are put in place of some obvious pitfalls of the ACA, those who need it-will gravitate towards getting some coverage which will (for most) be more affordable than going through COBRA. When I needed coverage while out of work over the years, I simply couldn't afford COBRA-the cost was outrageous. Obamacare is in its infancy and will need to evolve as did Medicare or Social Security-two unpopular programs when they were first born decades ago. At the end of the day, although it may be an old comparison-it holds up: why argue against government mandated heathcare coverage when it's already mandated that every driver needs to be covered by auto insurance.
It is hopefully just a horrid trend that America is going through, but hopefully, some day America will get beyond tolerating weak excuses for politicians like Boehner, and I mean we have weak puppets in the Democratic party as well. As I've always said, it's too bad America doesn't have a viable third political party made up of independents, but I think something like that is already happening without the actual structure of a party apparatus. More independents are created everyday as they realize neither Democrats nor Republicans represent their ideals or beliefs. They both are corrupt, in essence, by money. Maybe one day we can figure out a way to stop that monetary corruption which always gets in the way of building that more perfect nation, but too many fight for the right of keeping the status quo. Other nations have figured that out, but America, as is so often the case, lingers behind because it's too scared of change. The majority of conservatives who populate the Supreme Court, were put there by both Bush(league) presidents, and is the court which determined that corporations are people too. Now endless swarms of money can further corrupt an already broken political system: and we wonder why our government is so freaking screwy. We keep validating and upholding the worst aspects of a government that needs a sensible fine tuning, not just more of the same myopic mistakes which hold back creating a political and governmental system which can more efficiently respond to the needs of everyday Americans, and not cater to special interests. Legitimate lobbying is one thing, but what political insiders have allowed is simply obscene.
We will enter another week of not knowing if a deal is about to be made to rescue us from a fiscal tragedy which will potentially kick start another recession. The unfortunate case is-even if we save ourselves from that totally unnecesary default, how long before we find ourselves right back at this critical juncture again? This is no way to run America, unless you want to run it into the ground.