Bohemian Rhapsody Vs. Capitol Hill (parody song, obviously)

Perhaps We Should Leave's picture

This is the real life.
This isn't fantasy.
Caught in a landslide; just can't escape from reality.
Close your eyes, look up to the skies and scream:
I'm just a poor boy! I get no sympathy!

It isn't easy-come, but easy-go,
your doubts are high, your hopes are low:
any way the wind blows, it doesn't really matter to the
Tea Party.

Congress
Kidnapped the land
Put a gun up to our heads
said "No healthcare or they're dead".
Obama,
life had just begun
to look a little better; now we say:

"CONGRESS!
Dudes!
What the f*** is with you guys?!
Sometimes I wonder how we elected you all!"

*Guitar*

Comments

Bosemaster42's picture

Hey,

That's pretty fucking funny, I like your parody. Frankly, congress has once again proven how useless they really are. Both sides, mind you.

swimmerguy's picture

Usually

I'm willing to roll with the "both sides" thing, because really, to pretend either side is perfect would be patently wrong.
But this time I really don't see how you could blame it on the Democrats at all. The Republicans basically demanded that Obama and the Democrats do something they can't do, for two reasons.
First, Obamacare is the signature legacy-making achievement of Obama and many of the Dems, and while the law isn't particularly popular, it's not unpopular enough to have stopped Obama from getting re-elected, letting the Dems keep the Senate, and letting the Dems win the popular vote in the House (losing seats due to gerrymandering).
Second, the Republicans aren't demanding this huge, huge concession in response for any concession of their own, they're just telling Obama to give it up without getting anything in return, or they'll simply refuse to fund the government and hurt thousands of people and give them all a political black eye.

Neither Obama nor the Dems can afford to set that precedent, or they might as well all resign now and give dictatorial powers to the House out of sheer force of chutzpah (and, of course, the Republicans only got a minority of votes for the House, less than the Dems.)

I'm sorry, but this shutdown is just entirely the Republican's fault. You just can't get something for nothing, that's just not how politics, or at least American politics, based on consensus, works.

Perhaps We Should Leave's picture

Agreed

Yeah, no, this is definitely the republicans' fault. While I'm normally not a big fan of either party, the GOP really fucked us over this time. I tend to give the democrats credit for good intentions most of the time (even when they fuck up), but my opinion of the Republicans is pretty damn low (especially the fuckin' tea party). In fact, to tell the honest truth, if I ever meet Ted Cruz- the bastard who can't even figure out the main idea of 'Green Eggs and Ham'- I swear to god I'll stick my hand so far up his ass he'll fuckin' orgasm when I pull all thirty feet of his large intenstines out.

Not that I'm angry or anything.

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In conclusion,

I am the Walrus, koo-koo kachoo. Q.E.D., bitches.

Bosemaster42's picture

Heh,

Yeah, I was going to ask you how you really feel.
Admittedly, you're right about who is responsible for the shut-down, this time. However, one should also look at history. Since 1976, the Dems have shut down the government 15 times when they controlled the House. The GOP have shut down the government three times in the same time frame.
The Dem shutdowns were done over budget items which included defunding programs they didn't like. The media is clearly biased in their reporting.
Maybe that means something, maybe not, but I will never align myself with either party because there are things I agree with and disagree with on both sides. Now, the real question is why did the GOP do this? My first sense, was they were just trying to make Obama look bad, simply because they don't like him or his policies. If this is true, then yeah the GOP is screwing everyone. However, Obama and the Dems won't negotiate, so what can you do? I agree, it's political stupidity and posturing, but that's how Washington seems to work. I'm tired of it all to be honest and the jury isn't out yet on Obama-care. Too many unanswered questions.

jeff's picture

Negotiate?

The GOP's position is to not fund Obamacare at all, which they have unsuccessfully tried to repeal it at least 31 times in the House. What are they supposed to negotiate, how much of it to repeal? ;-)

Plus, the GOP is out trying to shift the blame for the shutdown, like this example of a Texas Republican Congressman berating a park ranger at the World War II Memorial in DC, whose job he helped shutdown despite the ranger showing up without pay:

Thankfully, their blame-shifting isn't working.

Previous shutdowns may have happened during budget negotiations before, but in those cases, both sides were actually negotiating. There is nothing else in the proposed, besides defunding Obamacare, that either side is contesting. If that were removed, it would be approved and passed.

And, yes, it is early to weigh in on a plan that many are trying to get rid of, and are making wild claims about, months before it has even taken effect. Of course, the notion that you would not pass something until it was flawless isn't our system, and would mean nothing ever got passed. Pass it, implement it, and then once you have actual data and feedback, improve it.

Health care mandates aren't even a Democratic idea. The same things in Obamacare were originally supported by Nixon and Dole, and passed in Massachusetts by then-Governor Romney.

Here are 35,000 people who are liking Obamacare today: "Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, announced Monday that 35,000 part-time employees will soon be moved to full-time status, entitling them to the full healthcare benefits that were scheduled to be denied them as a result of Wal-Mart’s efforts to avoid the requirements of Obamacare."

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

Bosemaster42's picture

Well,

Like I said, I stand on neither side. I don't believe there was any question as to who caused the shutdown. As far as, that Texas congressman berating the unpaid ranger, obviously he's an idiot!
I don't care 'who' may have previously come up with this scheme. My biggest problem with the 'Affordable Care Act' is that it's mandated by the government. I don't want the government involved in my personal affairs, at all. I don't want to be told what I can and can't choose. I don't feel fines should be imposed on people who choose to opt out or not participate. The 'Affordable Care Act' is 2,572 pages of legal jargon, which frankly, I don't have the time or patience to decipher. I've heard reports state, within this Act, there are 20 new tax increases or if you prefer, fees, which will cost the average worker much more than he's paying at present.
This is a scheme to get American taxpayers to foot the bill for people who are uncovered or simply don't have the means to pay for their own health care. There's a provision within this Act which will make people pay for substance abuse coverage, regardless of whether or not you have a chemical problem. For Christ's sake, the same politicians who voted and passed this Act, don't even know the extent of what's in it. This is primarily the reason I'm against it. It has nothing to do with party affiliation, I can assure you.

jeff's picture

Well...

Don't you think it is telling that you have heard all of the supposed negatives of the act, but when it comes time to mention the positive aspects, you say you don't have time to read 2,000+ pages?!

Did you confirm the negatives to be true within the 2,000 pages? Why accept those without reading? ;-)

As for the government not mandating stuff? That is a nice alternate reality, but I already need to have car insurance, seat belts, pay into Social Security, pay taxes and on and on... so, not sure where you got that notion as something we don't want to happen. heh.

I'm not for Obamacare, either, single payer would be much better.

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

Bosemaster42's picture

Absolutely!

I have an individual plan now. I see my doctor once a year for a physical and that's the extent of my health care. I don't go to the hospital unless I need stitches, I broke something, or I'm bleeding out. I can only hope this shit will all be rectified by the time I really need health care. And who knows when that'll be 20, 30 years from now?

jeff's picture

Well...

Insurance is always something best to spend money on and avoid ever needing... I'd rather fund other people's chemo than think I'm not getting my money's worth ;-)

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"You don't know you're beautiful." - Harry Styles

Perhaps We Should Leave's picture

Eh heh

No, Jeff's right- there was no negotiation. This was hostage-taking, pure and simple.

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In conclusion,

I am the Walrus, koo-koo kachoo. Q.E.D., bitches.