It’s no surprise to anyone that hypocrisy exists in the halls of federal government power.
What I think is a surprise is how we are now so numb to it, that it doesn’t bother us.
U.S. Senate Republicans are in the process of doing precisely what they criticized their Democratic colleagues of doing just eight years ago. They are meeting in secret to cobble together a health care overhaul they say will replace the Affordable Care Act. In 2009, Republicans were frothing at the mouth because of what they said was occurring when Democrats crafted the ACA.
Video recordings of Republican Senate and House leaders bear out their anger then. Eight years later, well, here we go again.
The weirdness of it, though, shows itself in the apparent tolerance among average Americans at what’s going on.
A newly elected president, Barack H. Obama, sought Republican help in crafting the ACA. He didn’t get it. They stiffed him. The ACA process did include public hearings and testimony from those who favored and opposed it.
Another president new to his office, Donald Trump, hasn’t extended his hand to Democrats. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are plowing ahead with an ACA replacement with no input from Democrats, no public hearings, no testimony.
Same song, different verse? Yes. The major difference appears to rest in the tacit acceptance that hypocrisy is now the norm in Washington, D.C.
I’ll go on record here to say that not all Americans accept this as business as usual. I believe it stinks to high heaven!
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