Roots of the shutdown go back a century

Another New York Times piece explains how this latest DC trainwreck  came about:

Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.

It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

via A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning – NYTimes.com.

I don’t doubt that the Tea Party and their ilk have had nefarious plans in this regard for months, if not years. That’s not my point, nor is it my concern, because there’s nothing to be done about it. These tactics are as inevitable as the sunrise in politics.

If you prefer to think that one side is better at keeping the country’s best interests in mind, then you’re either a Pollyanna or you have a very short memory in terms of American history. The truth is both sides have done a fabulous job with underhanded political brinksmanship over the past hundred years or longer. This is merely the latest flavor of it.

This country is falling apart because of politics on both sides. We are seeing the fruits of this activity finally. This was largely an inevitable result of the Pandora’s box being opened government was allowed to confer favors upon their particular favorites and transfer huge amounts of wealth from one interest to another.

We have faction going after faction. Washington has become a sort of Middle East where neither side will even talk to each other because each one of them knows that they both have something to lose. This is the political process that results when government is allowed too much control over the economy and our daily lives in general.

Calling one side less blameless is just utter nonsense. They both made this bed. But if at the end of the day, this circus means less government, then I’ll just shrug my shoulders and hope for the best. It can’t be worse than what government has done “for” us.

You don’t think politics is a dirty game? Do you really think the Left plays by the rules and does nothing underhanded? That it relies upon winning intellectual arguments and not knee-jerk emotional responses? You dont think that Democrats wont resort to bullshit to insure their positions?

Those who call this a “coup” is a pathetic attempt at baiting. I won’t fall for that. History shows that between 1933 and 1981, the Democrats largely got their way with just about every government policy that created not just programs and agencies for good or ill, but constituencies that would never allow cuts, whether it ended in failure or success. This mindset even went so far as to affect the GOP, which is why during the Reagan and Bush(x2) administrations, we saw huge government growth. Thus, there is effectively no difference between the parties. It all comes down to who better manages all that largesse  for their constituents. 

Its a sad but true fact that no one ever got elected by appealing to people’s sense of reason. This is why all political campaigns are largely marketing efforts where politicians are sold like soap or tires. “If you care about your baby, you’ll buy Michelin.” Is a Michelin that cost 30% more than a Bridgestone 30% safer? Probably not, but fear sells almost as well as sex.

Truth be told, the ACA is a terrible law especially if you measure it by how much it expands the role of government in our economy. It should be replaced with something better. My main problem with the GOP and the Tea Party have nothing to replace it. The health care system has become unmoored from market forces and is run by oligopolies. I see nothing in this law that ultimately changes that.