I could go on a rant about my stupid government. I really, really could. I could sit here and bitch about how I really want to choke Senator Ted Cruz with a plate of green eggs and ham, or how Speaker John Boehner’s balls have made a permanent residence in his wife’s purse.
Or about how he needs to lose the skirt he is so obviously wearing (it doesn’t match his shoes), and how is it that a small faction of crazies can overrule our entire government, but I’m not gonna.
I really, really want too, because I am seriously pissed off, but I’m not gonna. I’m gonna write something else, because it doesn’t do me any good to rant.
You know, I very nearly cussed out the Oklahoma representative? Sat there and wrote him a long email detailing out how he isn’t doing his job.
Didn’t get me anywhere, but I felt better doing it.
And what happened? They shut down the government. Why?
Because. Well, the other side is stupid.
The thing that Europe and Canada have had since the 40s. Maybe later for Canada, I’m not sure. Point is, my country is so goddamned backward, that it is unthinkable to have national healthcare. Because it will kill jobs. Because the people don’t want it. Because statistics (twitch) show that the American people don’t want it. Because it will kill the economy.
Over one million people signed up for it on the first day. A million people. They went onto a market place (which, by my understanding is the epitome of capitalism) and shopped around for a plan that worked best for them, and bought the plan.
What was it about Americans not wanting it again?
But no. No. No. No. Americans don’t want it. They DON’T WANT IT. It’ll ruin jobs. It’s the antichrist! OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST! Statistics prove that (insert per-centage here) of Americans…Well, according to the recent polls….”Sir, which do you prefer, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare?” “Well, the Affordable Care Act! It’s right there in the name, isn’t it?”
“Ma’am, do you like Obamacare?”
“What about the Affordable Care Act?”
IT’S THE SAME FUCKING THING.
Think I’m making this up?
Shocking. Isn’t it?
I’m not even sure why affordable healthcare is an issue in this country. Personally, I like the idea. I LOVE the idea because it takes the worry away of not being able to get seen at the hospital because I can’t afford it. Because I have decided to be an artist/writer when I grow up. And I’d really, really, like to be able to be seen by a doctor. Outside of the VA. Because let me tell you, making an appointment with that establishment is insanity itself.
So, why the rhetoric? I think because the Tea Partiers didn’t think of it first. Or maybe because they’re terrified the system will work, and God help them when enough Americans sign up. If the law gets repealed, there will be no more healthcare. No more healthcare that people have paid into means a huge chunk out of the economy.
And well, we can’t have that.
Stocks are already falling.
It’s only a matter of time before investors start freaking out. If they haven’t already.
Oh God. I went on a rant, didn’t I? I was totally gonna write a quick flash fiction piece because it’s been buzzing around in my head, but I got the better of myself.
Sorry, guys. It’s not been a fun time these last four days. Mum, who has been a government worker for the last twelve years, has been furloughed. For myself, the VA runs out of money on the 15th of this month. When that happens, I have to hope and pray the Art Institutes of Pittsburgh will come up with a way to help its military students out, because I rely on the GI BILL for college. That BAH I get is what’s rebuilding my bank account.
If I seem a little touchy in this post, I’m truly sorry. It just boggles my mind that 50 year old men have decided that crossing their arms over their chest and refusing to talk to each other is the best way to run the government. And I blame both sides. And the President. No one is exempt from my scorn and distaste. If I could, I would do like the Cardinals do when they’re choosing a new Pope and lock them in the ghat-damned Senate. They get food, but they don’t get to come out until they decide on how to run the government.
Or, you know, they die. Whichever comes first.
If this teaches the American people anything, it should be caution when voting from now on. The American political system is mired in money and back door deals. It’s fueled by corporations who want want want. They want the EPA to go away. They want to cut corners. They want bigger tax cuts. And the easiest way to get it? A monopoly. Mario Puzo said it in The Godfather, and he isn’t wrong. When you have a monopoly, you get the money. And make no mistake, as it stands right now, the Tea Party has a monopoly on our government. Don’t let them get away with it. Vote them the hell out of Washington and the hell out of your state.
Somewhere, the real Boston Tea Partiers are screaming bloody murder.
I wonder if Sleepy Hollow will touch on it.