Extremist Republicans Did the Right Thing

There is a poll suggesting that the Republican Party is taking a public opinion thrashing for provoking a government so-called “shutdown.” I don’t think there is much of a shutdown. And I don’t think a single poll means anything. If there were four convergent polls showing the Republicans being blamed, I would still support Republican e “extremists”, including Ted Cruz.

We will not get Obamacare defunded. That was hardly ever in the cards. It was just a good time to draw the American’s people attention to the abnormality that it the federal government. It’s a good time because its own actions right now illustrate both its pettiness and its gross incompetence. Keep veterans out of veterans’ monuments and fail just about 100% on the implementation of a vast ambitious program legislated on a completely partisan basis.

In addition, thanks to the crisis, many young people will be astonished to discover that, like them with their credit cards, the Federal Government cannot pay its bills to Peter without borrowing from Paul. Nothing new here; its’ just that many citizens don’t know this simple fact.

I don’t buy the argument that, of course, there was going to be technical glitches with Obamacare. Implementation of Obamacare is a big big project, of course, but it does not involve any novel technical challenge. And they had four years. And they could have asked Facebook, for example, to take charge. The federal government rarely does a small trivial thing well. There was no reason to believe it could do a big important thing well.

The main things Pres. Obama said four years ago about reforming health care turn out to be wrong, false. I don’t think he was lying then. I believe he and his advisers never had any idea of what they were talking about. They still don’t.

I am glad there were members of the Republican Party in Congress who manned up enough to point to the obvious.

If the Republican Party suffers as a result of the present crisis, I think it will have been worth it. Personally, I am not much invested in a Party that’s a little of everything and of anything. It’s conservatism that matters, the conservative perspective on the world. It’s the perspective that says that the best government is that which governs least. It used not to be a radical thought.

Yesterday, we buried my friend Filip. I had only known him for a few years but his departure leaves a hole in my mind and in my heart. At first, he was just a needed financial adviser. Then, we became friends around conservative politics and braised sweetbreads. We had both in common because we were both immigrants. We both detested authoritarianism and we both liked earthy foods. I was reared in France. My earthy food talents are good. Filip was reared in Communist Romania. His authoritarianism detector was superb. We were complementary.


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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3 Responses to Extremist Republicans Did the Right Thing

  1. Bruce says:

    Sorry for your loss. As the song goes “Dont it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till its gone?”
    As for the situation in Washington? A bad joke. Around the Fortune 250 company where I work if you were considered “non essential” you would be looking for another job after a while. I guess that’s the difference between working at a place where you have to produce and where failure is not celebrated. Our Constitution authorizes the government to fund certain things. Most of the things Washington spends money on they have no right to. That’s the real point, instead of fighting over what to fund or not. Obamacare is not just a stupid idea power grab by centralized government, it’s unconstitutional. I don’t care what Justice Roberts says, or how eloquently he says it, or where he went to school, he’s plain wrong.
    Other subject. Time to get out of Afghanistan, period. Cut bait. Sorry.
    Syria. Just wish there was an opposition group we could trust a little more. The more I think about the Middle East the more I think it’s just nuts over there. Could be they hate us no matter what we do.
    One more. Why do budgets and economics inside the beltway look so different from my household budget?
    How can I learn some flowery language like the Washington bureaucrats use to sprend us in to oblivion to convince my wife I need and can afford a new Hattaras ’70?

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  3. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Obamacare is not just a stupid idea power grab by centralized government, it’s unconstitutional. I don’t care what Justice Roberts says, or how eloquently he says it, or where he went to school, he’s plain wrong.”

    Lol. You’ve brightened my day.

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