I try to avoid political rants on my blog, but a certain incident involving a certain elected representative and a misunderstanding of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham has been brought to my attention.
The entire point of Green Eggs and Ham is that Sam-I-Am never tried the very food that he spends the entire book ranting about. After finally caving and trying green eggs and ham, Sam-I-Am discovers that he loves green eggs and ham, and that he had completely misjudged the dish based on his own prejudices.
When Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham as part of a fake filibuster against the Affordable Care Act, he was in effect arguing against his own cause. All of the provisions of the healthcare law haven’t been enacted yet. Like Sam-I-Am, he has never actually given the thing he’s fighting a chance.
I realize that the Affordable Care Act is a polarizing topic. Realistically, there is no way that a bill defunding healthcare reform would pass through the Senate. In the extremely unlikely event that it did, it would be subject to a presidential veto. It seems rather juvenile to hold the entire federal government hostage in a battle that can’t be won.
Because I live in the DC area, I see the impact that a shutdown would have on ordinary people. A lot of times the media characterizes government employees as overpaid and lazy. Maybe a few at the top conform to that stereotype, but the world I’ve seen is a quite different. A lot of low level government employees are overworked, underpaid, and living paycheck to paycheck. A shutdown would make it difficult for those people to pay their rent and support their families. A shutdown would also impact the large number of contractors who work to support federal agencies. That’s another segment of workers who won’t be getting paid. Having a large sector of people without an income, even temporarily, would hurt restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Shutting down the government would further harm an already troubled economy, and I don’t think that’s fair to anyone.
Moral of the story–No matter what side of the spectrum you are on, vote for candidates who will take their responsibilities seriously. Vote for candidates who will put aside ideological differences in order to do their jobs. Vote for candidates who can think, debate, and compromise on tough issues. Vote for candidates who understand Dr. Seuss.