As reported by Huffington Post, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has weighed in on the internal debate raging within his own party. This debate revolves around the efficacy of TEApublicans’ threats to shut down the entire United States government over the Affordable Care Act. Senator Graham’s comments Tuesday, September 17th, illustrate how ignorant and confrontational his Tea Party compatriots are when it comes to their jobs and how the government of the United States of America works.
As the article points out, most of the Affordable Care Act is funded in a way that is not in any way affected by the annual budget. Due to the fact that significant portions of its spending is designated as ‘mandatory,’ the money gets spent whether or not a budget agreement is met. If the extremists on the Right got their way and shut down the government by not passing any kind of budget to pay the government’s bills it would be more likely to, as Graham put it, ‘cut off Social Security checks and stop paying the military,’ long before it would have any effect on the Affordable Care Act. It is such a futile situation for them that even The Blaze did an article pointing out that shutting down the government wouldn’t accomplish their stated goal. Senator Graham joked that the facts of the issue seemed to be of no concern to the Teapublicans that are pushing the idea without any signs of stopping.
Is it a great thing as a progressive thinker to see the party of conservative representation showing its cracks as Senator Graham, a member of the old guard, calls out members of his own party for not understanding something so simple? Most definitely, but it signals a much scarier trend in politics that has been surging since the Tea Party established their power base in the 2010 elections. Normally you would expect politicians to live up to their reputation for being two-faced; saying that they support this or are opposed to that, but ultimately voting for whatever was right in the end in order to get things accomplished.
However, this new breed of TEApublican politician is either so manipulative and power-hungry that they’re willing to take the country to the brink of another economic meltdown just to maintain their power base, or they’re so stupid that they actually think they’re accomplishing something by doing it. Either way, this country is in for a bumpy ride.