by Jack (written entirely independently of Tina’s article)
Well, the worst has happened. The much feared government shutdown has arrived. Brace yourselves for some museum closures and other stuff hardly anyone will notice.
Who will win and who will lose in this political stand-off over implementing ObamaCare? So far the polling shows 4 to 1 Americans are against the delay, so Republicans are being severely damaged for taking a rare principled stand calling for a one year delay. Dr. Charles Krauthammer, one of the most respected conservative spokespersons of our time and one who was vehemently against ObamaCare, in it’s present form, believes the Republicans are making a terrible mistake by throwing up a roadblock. He subscribes to the “Silent guns of time” theory to expose the flaws of ObamaCare and let the Democrats take the blame.
Unfortunately, it’s been voted into law, it’s been challenged all the way to the Supreme Court and we conservatives lost. It’s going to happen and an attempt to delay implementation by one year only advantages the Democrats because it gives them the time to correct ObamaCare’s most glaring defects. Beyond a stand on princple, there’s not much in it, politically speaking, for Republicans.
Polling shows the better battle is to resist the debt ceiling. Americans are only 2 to 1 against this one. But, a victory here is likely to crash the economy unless it’s done with extreme skill. Has anyone in Congress in our recent history been that skillful? In either case, ObamaCare or the debt ceiling the GOP finds itself in another one of those da#$% if you da#$% if you don’t situations.
The ultimate losers in this battle are going to be the American people. We have two outcomes and neither are good. We are at high risk of collapsing the economy by printing too much money and extending the debt ceiling beyond repair. And we seem unable to reduce the spending rationally and responsibly to restrain the debt ceiling that’s destined to ruin our future generations. We’re also going to be forever burdened by a form of socialized medicine because the people have never, never, never reversed an entitlement and this latest one will be an enormous drag on our economy at the worst possible time.