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Monday, October 24, 2016

Whacking yourself on the head with a ball-peen hammer would be stupid. But doing it again and again — that’s insane.

Welcome to your U.S. House of Representatives, presently led by a pack of Tea Party Republicans. They are so crazed by Obamacare that they repeatedly hammer themselves over the head with it, having voted 46 times (so far) to dismantle, defund, delay, deny, and otherwise destroy this landmark health care bill — all to no avail. They would be hilarious, were they not so pathetic.

But now, their anti-government, anti-Obama obsession has turned into insanity. Acting as though the USA is nothing more substantial than a banana republic, this Tea Party clique of petty potentates has forced a shutdown of our national government. The craziest part of their stunt is the duplicitous claim that finally providing health care for millions of uninsured Americans will have, as one leader of the mad-dog pack put it, “horrific effects.”

Yet, even as they publicly insist that they’re heroes for trying to save the people from the horror of receiving fairly decent health coverage, the GOP hierarchy is quietly warning its members that defeating Obamacare now is essential to their own health. Why? Because they know the program will work, providing better care and nearly universal coverage at a cheaper price. It will become widely popular, and any politico who tries to kill it later will become wildly unpopular. Even the senator from Oz, Ted Cruz, understood that the program had to be aborted before it was born. It will be so loved, Cruz candidly conceded (as he desperately tried to suffocate Obamacare with a painfully-long “filibuster”), that the public will be “hooked” on it for the long haul.

Yes, Sen. Oz, the American people tend to support policies that are beneficial to them. What’s crazy is you and your cohorts thinking they’re crazy for thinking that.

So now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice: Don’t fume about the GOP’s lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show. It won’t affect them, but it can improve your mental health.

For starters, take Ted Cruz’s 21-hour blabathon that he said would stop Obamacare in its tracks. Not only did he fail spectacularly, but senators voted 100 to zero against his crazy ploy. Yes, that means that even he ended up voting against it! What a hoot he is.

  • docb

    The splenetic little repub baggers have put themselves out on a limb and are sawing it off..Congressional approvals are today at 5%..that is outrageous enough but the Nation is hemorrhaging blood and lives daily because of the repub baggers that do not even know what they want but to do damage to a LAW that was duly voted for and confirmed by the SCOTUS and is in effect today..Not hurting anyone but helping millions..

    All these repub lies are NOT working anywhere! Increasingly desperate and flailing and stupid!

    • plc97477

      All true but they are getting to be really funny.

      • docb

        Morbidly funny if not so pitiful!

  • Vinny Gordon
  • Sand_Cat

    I still can’t help but think that as head of the Executive Branch, Obama could order the Executive Branch Treasury Department to cease issuing checks to Congresspeople on the perfectly legal and logical grounds that we don’t have the money and can’t borrow it. The only explanation I’ve heard concerning why he can’t is a Constitutional provision saying their pay can’t be “changed” in the current term, which is the most pathetically weak excuse I’ve ever heard. He wouldn’t be “changing” their pay, and could resume issuing it and give them back pay just as soon as they raise the debt ceiling (so there is money to do it) and appropriate the money (including that to give back pay to all the government employees who were not paid, maybe even insisting on a little bonus for the trouble). He could veto any attempt by Congress to go around this. Would they have the gall to try to override? The TP obviously would, but maybe the rest not so much, and at least trying would be better than sitting around pointing out what jerks a bunch of fact-immune lunatics are to their fact-immune and largely pathologically-racist supporters, to no discernible effect.

  • old_blu

    I posted this the other day, but it is worth posting again.

    We all know we’ve heard this quotes before, I have another question as well. Why are only 18 of them going to the meeting? Who’s playing games now?

    Oct 2008: “You’ll never get elected and pass healthcare.”

    Nov 2008: “We’ll never let you pass healthcare.”

    Jan 2009: “We’re gonna shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare.”

    July 2009: “We’ll fight to death every attempt you make to pass healthcare.”

    Dec 2009: “We will destroy you if you even consider passing healthcare.”

    March 2010: “We can’t believe you just passed healthcare.”

    April 2010: “We are going to overturn healthcare.”

    Sept 2010: “We are going to repeal healthcare.”

    Jan 2011: “We are going to destroy healthcare.”

    Feb 2012: “We’re gonna elect a candidate who’ll revoke healthcare NOW.”

    June 2012: “We’ll go to the Supreme Court, and they will overturn healthcare.”

    Aug 2012: “American people will never re-elect you-they don’t want healthcare.”

    Oct 2012: “We can’t wait to win the election and explode healthcare.”

    Nov 2012: “We can’t believe you got re-elected & we can’t repeal healthcare.”

    Feb 2013: “We’re still going to vote to obliterate healthcare.”

    June 2013: “We can’t believe the Supreme Court just upheld healthcare.”

    July 2013: “We’re going to vote like 35 more times to erase healthcare.”

    Sept 2013: “We are going to leverage a government shutdown into defunding, destroying, obliterating, overturning, repealing, dismantling, erasing and ripping apart healthcare.”

    Oct 2013: “WHY AREN’T YOU NEGOTIATING!?!?”

  • doninsd

    The greatest source of humor I find is the millions (billions?) of dollars spent to elect these idiots, only to have them threaten to destroy the economy that supports the donors.

    • infadelicious

      It’s almost as humorous as electing a guy who says he wants to “fundamentally change America” and have that guy be married to a woman who wants to “change our history” the same woman who has never been proud of her country until she was in her 40’s………….. yes, humorous..we all just laugh and laugh…………..

      • Lets_Think_Again

        Oh, you’re a lunatic Tea Party troll. Go back your cave.

  • Benjamin Dover

    Here we find a brief introduction to Hussein Obama’s war against the middle class:

    • Lets_Think_Again

      You’re a lunatic Tea Party troll. Go back your cave.