America: closed for business
America has traveled on many roads, yet the present shut down may be one of the most treacherous of them all. An ongoing game of chicken, between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner, could be the ultimate ride a country in recession does not need. The House of Representatives’ mandate is to originate funding measures that control every aspect of our economy. In 2010 a Democrat controlled Congress deceptively passed into law health legislation that is both deleterious to the American economy and destructive to the health care system. With a scant majority the Democrats succeeded in socializing medicine after six decades of attempts. President Obama’s relentless pursuit of this legislative tragedy came with a set of negative ramifications its authors could not foresee or did they? As several years went by elements of this monstrous law began to filtrate through the nation. Many of its downsides were hidden from the people it would affect most until after the 2012 election. The President has given his supporters a vast array of waivers, from this detrimental law, yet most of the population must suffer under its tenets. During the most recent fiscal showdown between the House of Representatives and the White House its Republican majority was willing to fund the entire government except what has come to be known as Obamacare. As monetary deadlines drew near neither side would flinch, leaving no choice but to shutter most bureaucratic functions. Over a week has passed and both sides are resolute in their positions. During a news conference on October 8th, the President reiterated his position, no negotiation until full funding is restored to government services. In response Speaker Boehner clarified his position while holding his ground. To move the Republicans to the table Obama decided to inflict maximum pain on the nation. Every conceivable means of disrupting Americans’ lives has been brought to bear by a White House out of control. Parks, memorials, beaches, monuments, museums and a long list of government funded entities are now closed to the public. Obama’s minions ordered the World War Two memorial closed, yet it required no staff to keep it open. Elderly veterans from around the country come to view this remembrance of a war that changed the World. Within the last week a group of vets, from this era, came to pay their respects, many in wheel chairs. A barricade was there to greet them. Some respected members of Congress heard of their plight and came to escort them into the site. Obama’s vindictive nature was evident in the last week, his next set of moves may be more intense. Speaker Boehner must deal with Obama’s childlike behavior, but under no circumstance should he become weak in the knees and give an inch. Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen. The catastrophic ramifications of this egregious legislation can only be projected. Let those who still have rational minds in Washington quickly negotiate to settle this stalemate.
Mark Davis, MD President of Healthnets Review Services and Davis Book Reviews,