Will Durst: The Care Less Party
All of America should drop to its knees and thank the GOP for providing America with our replacement fireworks. Cities all over the country this year were forced to cancel Fourth of July festivities due to lack of money, fear of fire, and incompetent computers.
The Republican House made up for it by setting off enough indoor fireworks to make the San Diego bust look like a fluttering votive candle. For the 33rd time, all House business was forced to come to a grinding halt so they could vote on repealing "Obamacare" again. Thirty-three times. Even though they know there's a better chance of flamingos flying out of their butts than the Senate ever signing on, or getting past a presidential veto. As far as political theater goes, it was a sad summer stock production, with tired choreography and a script duller than Shakespeare in modern dress performed by third graders in Mandarin.
No wonder they keep trying to cut funding for the arts – they're afraid of the competition!
Cumulatively, this grandstanding has taken up two entire weeks of Congressional business at and estimated cost of $24 milion a week to keep the gears moving. Fifty million dollars to reinforce one exhausted propaganda point. Perfectly good money that could have been spent on tax cuts for the rich. Do you know how many car elevators $50 million would buy? They say they want to replace "Obamacare", but ask for specifics and they get as vague as Donald Trump talking about the importance of ethics while closing the deal.
First, there was "Romneycare" and now we've got "Obamacare," but if the conservatives get their way we're going to end up with "we don't care," "less care for you," "couldn't care less." We just might have to call these fiscally responsible charlatans the Care Less Party.
The opinions of Will Durst do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Crosscurrents or KALW.