If you recall, President Obama said on the eve of his first inauguration that he was set to fundamentally change the way things work in Washington D.C. Now we see that his words were very prophetic as the two Houses on Capitol Hill are locked in a never-ending struggle. The intractable position taken by the Senate and frequently stated is that anything that comes to them from the House of Representatives is “dead on arrival.” What was once a contentious, although civil discourse between Republicans and Democrats has all but disappeared in the rancor that exists between the two parties. One recent visitor from Reno to Washington D.C. stated that he observed that everything in D.C. today is about politics rather than policy. With the debt ceiling debate looming on the horizon, it may be that the two opposing forces will ultimately have to come to some sort of resolution.
The other big story of the week was the unrolling of the Obamacare Act. Even the President himself said that there would be numerous “glitches” and that proved to be the case for the first several days. The Obamacare, or Affordable Health Care Act as it is formally known, has had many twists and turns since it was first passed and reaffirmed by the Supreme Court on a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote noted that the Act was Constitutional but he made the qualification that it was a tax on the people. I believe it was former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who said, “Socialism is OK until you run out of other people’s money.” That certainly seems to apply to the overall government policies that have been initiated since the Obama administration took office. With the national debt at a record high, unemployment stagnant, middle-class incomes shrinking by an average of $5,000 and no end in sight for government hiring, the country is currently progressing down a slippery slope.
With the shutdown and Obamacare dominating the news, the attempt by a deranged female to crash into the White House or the Capitol Building garnered a brief shot at the headlines.
The No. 1 story regarding Syria took a back page position even to the news about the new President of Iran. Rouhani appeared at the U.N. but refused to press the flesh with Obama. However, he did accept a phone call from the President, who speaks loudly and carries a small stick. Unlike one of his predecessors, Theodore Roosevelt, who spoke softly but carried a big stick.
Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.