I have to wonder if Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are kicking themselves this week. All the pain and suffering they caused was completely pointless. Mike Lee in particular did seriously damage to his own constituency. The Utah economy is very dependent on both the national park system and federal employment. Funny he didn’t seem to realize that. He still says he did it to call attention to problems with Obamacare and that he isn’t sorry. What he and Ted Cruz did instead was infuriate everyone with their threats of default and other shenanigans. They also managed to distract everyone from any problems with the Affordable Healthcare Act roll out.
Now, because of website glitches, chaos reigns. I knew single payer would have been much better, but no, Congress went for the Romney plan instead. I suspect it will all work out eventually, but if the tea party had simply kept the government open, raised the debt ceiling, and waited a week or two, they might have come across as wise in their misgivings. No chance of them ever looking wise now.
Shocking, I found it seriously shocking that as part of his temper tantrum over Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz read one of my favorite books: Green Eggs and Ham. (Click) Why didn’t he read Ayn Rand Fountainhead or maybe the three little pigs? He could then go all moralistic about the poor pig that foolishly built his house of straw. Yes, if you don’t have the good sense to be born rich or to sell yourself to get a job in Congress (and great healthcare) you really should be throw to the wolves. The three little pigs might have made some sense given his political philosophy. Or maybe it should be Two Little Pigs so he and his bud Mike Lee could just laugh and actually say out loud, “I’ve got mine, so forget about the rest of you.”
But Green Eggs and Ham? What a travesty!
I have read Green Eggs and Ham in church. It has a great message, an inspiring message. Maybe both Ted Cruz and Mike Lee should read it again, maybe they would learn something. It is about keeping an open mind, about trying something you think you will hate, and finding out you like it. It is also about miracles. Sam I Am keeps at it and finally convinces his friend to try a taste. That’s the miracle, that he was willing to keep trying. The fact that green eggs and ham are good, we knew all along. Now, I don’t think Cruz and Lee will like Obamacare no matter what. I am frankly not all that crazy about it either. I much would have preferred something like the Canadian system, but it is MUCH better than what is going on now in this country. People are literally dying for lack of access to health care. They often have to chose between their medicine and eating. Someone, I think it was Jesus, asked us to feed the hungry and care for the sick. If this debate is about freedom, it is only the freedom to give into greed. Two little pigs, indeed, playing to the greed and self-righteousness that keeps people apart, demonizing the poor. Hardly fitting for a so-called Christian nation and hardly fitting for a democracy. They also want to cut food stamps at a time when hunger in the US is increasing. (Hungry people come to our church every week looking for food. We do what we can, but it is never enough.)
Dr Seuss has a lot of great books. More of them should be read in Congress. It might actually help. It might open a few minds – and hearts.
“I do so like
green eggs and ham!
Me, I am hoping for a miracle.
Of course, in my Unitarian Universalist faith, we tend to believe that we are the ones who have to make the miracles. It is time to tell the little pigs to sit down, shut up, and really listen. Otherwise, they will shut down not only the government, but all possibility of becoming a country that actually cares about more than 1% of its people.