Did anyone notice what really happened in the last couple weeks? As yesterday’s headlines slide into the realm of archivaldom, let’s pause for a moment and reflect. With the talented writers on the Mountain Democrat staff we are fortunate enough to have at a local level, no one mentioned the true achievement of Obamacare last week.
For all the division, derision, chaos and burning hair in both houses of Congress and especially in the GOP, something finally changed, a breaking of the mold. With our country now facing crushing public debt and economic instability, Sen. Ted Cruz talked for a long, long time about “Sam I am and Green eggs and ham.” Putting his political future on the line while most others continue to lean on the tiresome treadmill of party-line politics, Sen. Cruz, Magna Cum Laude Harvard Law School graduate, reiterated Dr Seuss’ strategy … really? No, what he really did was bring the endless grind of bloated bureaucratic sausage making to a complete halt and illuminated for us all, the trappings of Obamacare.
The incredulous accomplishment of Democrats passing the 2,700-page incoherent Affordable Care Act, “so we can see what’s in it,” is finally emerging into the daylight. This ponderous document is more than just legislation, its net effect is a new gigantic tax on most working Americans, overwhelming for many, and massive payroll headaches for most businesses. It no doubt has some benefits for a few, but jobs are everything right now and our country just blundered forward kicking a bigger can down the road with Obamacare, a job killer of yet incalculable dimension.
We may soon learn what “unsustainable” actually means. But for now, whether you lean right, left, up or down, and whatever you may think of Obamacare, Ted Cruz stuck his neck out and delivered some rare leadership, unless you call intentional, spiteful closings of federally managed public places for punitive effect, leadership. Admiral Halsey, who shortened the war in the Pacific with his unique brand of leadership once said, “There are no great men, just great challenges which ordinary men are forced by circumstance to meet.” Well if that’s true, then Sen. Cruz certainly stands tall among a vast echelon of ordinary men.