No winning hand in government shutdown

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 03:58 PM.

Once Republicans peeked at their hole cards, they should have folded, content to wait for a better deal. Losing a few hands simply isn’t the same as losing the whole game.

And on the broad scale, we already hold the most powerful anti-Obamacare weapon courtesy of liberal Democrats. Republicans needn’t fall on their swords to stop this thing.

The Affordable Care Act is a Rube Goldberg Humpty-Dumpty with 22,000 moving parts. It’s just been a few days and cracks are already showing.

I think once this legislative monstrosity is really turned loose on the villagers, it won’t be long before we peasants pick up our rakes and torches and chase it away.

Nothing is all bad, and so it is with this shutdown. Over the past few days, I’ve been amazed at how much of the government is deemed by the government to be “non-essential.”

Of course that begs the question: Why are we paying for non-essential stuff? Based upon furlough statistics, it looks like a pretty good chunk of this budget and deficit mess could be cleared up by simply closing down the Departments of Education and Energy.

Oh yeah, while we’re at it we could shutter the Environmental Protection Agency. There’s clearly a need for overview regarding environmental impacts, but the current incarnation of the EPA is as a political arm of this administration.

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