A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, each time expecting a different result.
Well, House Republicans have voted 41 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the law is still in place.
In desperation, the GOP shut down government, trying to de-fund the law and make it impossible to implement.
That didn’t work either, although it did cost us $24 billion, according to a Standard & Poor estimate.
So now, what’s the plan?
Well, Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas, says he wants to shut down the government again.
And here at home in NC Congressional District 11, our representative, Mark Meadows, has been called the architect of the shutdown because, back in August, he reportedly wrote the letter calling for the shutdown unless “Obamacare” was de-funded.
Economist Steve Morse of Western Carolina University said the shutdown cost people in this district about $1 million a day in lost tourism revenues.
October is the busiest time of year here because of the changing leaves and mild climate, and the shutdown cost people in the tourism industry half their October business.
Meadows has backpedaled on his insistence that the Affordable Care Act be de-funded, probably because people in this district were so angry at the closing of the national park and at his role in bringing about the shutdown (which he now denies, by the way).
So, perhaps Meadows now sees the folly in his obsessive hatred of the Affordable Care Act. His constituents don’t want to lose their businesses over it; they don’t want another government shutdown — hell, they didn’t want the first shutdown.
Cruz was elected because he claimed he could bring government to its knees, which he did, briefly.
Now he claims he wants to be president. Well, let him run and see how far he gets. The American people overwhelmingly disagree with his far-right stands and we are not amused by his antics.
Cruz could still cause trouble, but it’s doubtful he can orchestrate another shutdown and it’s even more doubtful he could take the White House.
Cruz has shown his hand and it’s a loser.