Should we start the countdown clocks again?

Hey, so the US Federal government shutdown is finally over, hooray for that.  My friends who were furloughed get to go back to business as usual, hooray for that too.  Also, the Social Security Administration is back up and running so I can finally get a new SS card to replace the one I’ve lost.  I’m also hoping that now that the shutdown has ended, I might have better luck attempting to access and set up an account for the ACA exchange.  That website has up to this point been what can best be described as a complete mess.  One of the more unfortunate things about the end of the shutdown is the fact that The Daily Show is currently on hiatus, so much hilarity is being missed out on.  No hooray for that.

The fix however, seems to be a temporary one at best.  The shutdown is scheduled to return on January 15th barring some other, more permanent deal.  The debt ceiling debate is also currently schedule for February 7th, so there’s that to look forward to as well.  As an article on HuffPost put it Congress now has an opportunity  “[for] more rational debate and decision-making.”  I can only assume the writer was typing with extreme sarcasm.

While I and many others are happy that the shutdown is over, apparently some people are not.  Michele Bachmann is very disappointed in this whole business of doing her job and making the government actually run.  She told the MinnPost, “To me, it’s a very sad day, because his agenda is going to go forward and he gets an immediate victory lap.”  Yes folks, she’s upset because Obama got his way.  Oh for shame.  Quotes like this make her sounds like a bit of a whiny baby.  I’m both happy and sad she isn’t running for reelection.  Happy because she’s crazy and hilarious, sad because she’s crazy and disconcerting.  Here’s hoping she becomes a FOX News pundit so we can all continue to listen to her particular brand of lunacy.

Ted Cruz is also ready to do this all over again.  He’s all set for another government shutdown to occur next year if he can’t get his way. This is despite the fact that the PPACA was passed by both houses, signed by the President, given the go ahead by SCotUS and has survived – last I checked – 42 repeal attempts.  He doesn’t care. The “Sarah Palin of the Senate” (thank you Slate)  spoke with ABC News and told them that “[he] would do anything, and [he] will continue to do anything [he] can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare.”  Apparently destroying Obamacare is his raison d’être.  That and running for PotUS in 2016.  Way to keep your eye on the prize Mr. Cruz.  Oh, and Tom Delay thinks “real” Americans think Canuck Cruz is a hero. Yeah, I’m okay with not being Tom Delay’s idea of a “real American.”

And of course, who can forget the country’s newest darling, and my personal favorite, the screaming stenographer?  I love that she randomly brings up the Freemasons because why not?  All of this makes me wish we could do what Queen Elizabeth II representative, Sir John Kerr, did during the 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis.  Or, as it’s apparently also know, The Dismissal.  Apparently in a similar circumstance to what just occurred for us Sir Kerr dismissed the Australian Prime Minister.  A budget was then passed, and Kerr proceeded to dismiss the entire Australian Parliament.  Delightful.

I’m trying to imagine some of the pending arguments that are going to be incorporated into these upcoming debates. Would success for the ACA exchange be interpreted by the GOP as something crazy like, I don’t know, FEMA internment camps being used by Obama to brainwash people into wanting affordable health insurance? Or will Jeh Johnson‘s confirmation to Homeland Security Secretary, and his role in the fight to end DADT, be used in some strange way as well? I’m not sure how exactly, but the far right is nothing if not… imaginative. Oh, and also Benghazi, because why not. Tea-baggers love to bring that up at the most random times.  We’ll all just have to wait and see.

PS I’m really proud of myself for figuring out how to type the ‘ê’ for raison d’être.

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