Diana West

So what just happened for 16 days in October?

Was it just a hiccup in the continually rising "debt ceiling," a monkey wrench in the smoothly turning wheels of government, a boorish slap at the warm, enveloping embrace of "Obamacare"?

Should Americans now thank their Maker that the conservative revolt has been quelled so the federal government can continue to spend and spend without limits? Should we count ourselves fortunate for having patriots in the Senate and White House who forced open the nation's coffers to nationalize health care for all Americans -- only just not "now" for these same "temporarily" exempted lawmakers, as well as the president, assorted unions and big businesses?

I'm just asking. The triumph in the media, at the White House, is palpable, but what did the American people win? More debt, for sure. A pothole-ridden, bumpy path to Obamacare. More unemployment and higher health care costs. And less fidelity to voters. Yes, President Obama was elected to lead the executive branch last November, but a majority of Republicans was also elected to the House of Representatives, with purview over government spending. If you helped vote that House majority in because your candidate looked you in the eye and promised to defund the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare, aka socialized medicine), you, the American citizen, have been beaten up, just as if the "checks and balances" built into the U.S. government were quaint museum relics and not the mechanism by which a republic is supposed to run.

Republican "moderates" and "sensible" conservatives say to "get out of the way" of Obamacare -- stop doing anything at all -- because it will implode from its own disastrous weight and inefficiency. Hah. Since when does weight and inefficiency ever count against a government program? Once entrenched, it's here forever.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).



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