Presidential Pain

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

All right, America, it’s time to re-name this government shutdown. This is no longer the Government Shutdown – time to start calling it the Big-Government Self Justification Tour of 2013.

Since this awful shutdown began, most of America was all set to not notice in the least little bit…so President Obama has made it his personal goal to inflict as much pain on as many Americans as he possibly can in his vain attempt to make people feel this shutdown that he has sustained for so long.

The United States Senate has not passed a budget since 2009, but President Obama has never seemed to care too much…probably because, back in 2009, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed President Obama’s stimulus bill, and with the continuous string of continuing resolutions that we’ve had since then, the Democrats can keep federal spending at that inflated 2009 level. If they passed a budget, they might be forced to face up to the reality that they’re spending away our nation’s future. Remember this the next time President Obama complains about how Congress refuses to pass a budget: no one is talking about a real budget at this point, just another stopgap measure to fund the government for another few months. And on top of that, another debt ceiling fight is now underway – the Obama administration fear-mongering started several days ago.

At the core of the current debate is the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Now, I’ve explained ad nauseum why Obamacare is a bad law…if you want to know why, you can look here and here and here and here and here. The justifications for getting rid of the Affordable Care Act are legion. The reasons for keeping it around are all political…and as the law continues to be implemented, reality is beginning to set in on just how much Obamacare is going to cost working class Americans.

Continue reading here.

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