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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Political theater

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again. And again.

Our Do-Nothing House of Representatives is voting today (by some counts for the 30th time) to repeal Obamacare. We know about it thanks to Fox News.

What we don't know is why, when lawmakers have failed to vote on any of Barack Obama's job creation proposals, are they wasting time -- not to mention lights, air conditioning and the tax dollars that go to their salaries and own health care needs?

Oh wait a minute, we do: political grandstanding.

It's been almost two weeks since conservative Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion upholding the constitutionality of the law designed to extend health care coverage -- and reduce federal spending. Yet the GOP continues to make health care repeal the centerpiece of their "plan" to get the nation out of the recession caused by their own policies of credit card wars and a financial community run amok.

I'm hard pressed to find a better definition of obsessive behavior. Or of an organization that puts its own political goals ahead of the welfare of the country it is supposed to be helping to lead.

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