Jan. 1, 2014

2014: Time to Face Political Reality

"Im what you would call a regular guy with a big job."
House Speaker John Boehner


I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Boehner. I also believe he is in way over his head. 2013 was a tough year for the GOP and prospects may not be getting any better.

2014 is here.

Now we will find out what damage was really done when the GOP House Republicans and Texas Freshman Senator Ted Cruz shut the U.S. Government down in October, 2013.

2014 is an election year. There are 34 U.S. Senate seats up for grabs and EVERY house seat. House seats are up for grabs every two years.

Something has changed in the electorate in recent months. The people are starting to see through the rhetoric and actions are speaking louder than words. This last shutdown will not be forgotten when and where it counts the most. The elections will deliver the final verdict on the recent actions of the least productive Congress in history Congress #113.

President Obama did not come out of the shutdown unscathed with the ACA Rollout debacle, BUT as of this writing in early January, 2014, the people ARE signing up for healthcare. The GOP governors who are NOT allowing their citizens to sign up because of their unwilligness to take the Medicaid money that the government made available simply because of their ideology will have to come to terms with that decision as OTHER GOP governors like Jan Brewer in Arizona and John Kasich in Ohio have soared in their polls after taking the money. It is FREE money for the poor and needy. 

There really is no justification for not helping insure citizens. Bobby Jindal in Louisiana also refuses to help out his downtrodden citizens who have no way of getting coverage.

Political reality is an ever changing beast in this country. It is a lot harder to lie with a watchdog media hungry to savage the hypocrites on both sides of the aisle. 

The political reality is Twitter, Facebook, Intagram, Reddit and other social media ready to pounce within seconds of a gaffe.

Professional and non-professional writers can put something out in the blogosphere in seconds with cellphone videos and tweets when somone says or does anything anywhere in the world.

John Boehner goes to his local eating establishment in Washington during his off hours wearing a baseball cap and a younger American citizen-by-way-of-the Dream-Act practically begs the Speaker to allow her mother re-enter the country. Boehner doesn't promise anything. He seems unmoved. It is all captured on a cellphone and replayed on several newscasts that very night.

Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have a private conversation during the government shutdown. Paul: "We're gonna win this thing." Unbeknownst to the two Kentucky senators the camera was hot and rolling. EVERY networked played that conversation for days.

This is the political reality we are living in.

In Texas during the summer, Texas Governor Rick Perry called a special session of the state legislature with the expressed desire to railroad through draconian anti-abortion legislation. State Senator Wendy Davis made herself a national celebrity and progressive favorite in thatr Republican-dominated state with a 13-hour filibuster. There were live streams of the session and lots of cellphone video capturing the "Political Reality" of the Democrats running out trhe clock on that session. Of course Perry got his way just weeks later when the GOP-run legislature passed the law anyway.

The point I'm trying to make is that the reality does change by the minute in our climate, but judging by the 2012 Presidential election results, the people really do want their elected officials to do what is best for everyone and not just the priviledged few who have money.

The polls indicated a lack of appreciation by the public for that $24 billion shutdown and lack of activity by Congress. Eric Cantor has the task of setting the House calendar. In 2013 the House was in session under 140 days. Cantor scheduled 2014 for....114 days total. 

Since the Republicans and John Boehner don't want to be judged on how many laws they pass rather "How many laws we repeal," I would be guessing it will catch up to them in November and Boehner will be ousted when the Democrats take over the House.

That is political Reality in my opinion.