Cynical beyond Belief, or (Channeling Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe) Just Plain Nuts


So the Far Right has been singularly focused on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and although they now want to decouple the two things because of increasingly negative polling data, they pointedly tried to force the repeal of the ACA through the shutdown of the government and their refusal to approve an increase in the federal debt limit.

But, having shut down the government—having prevented the government from functioning—they are now earnestly, even desperately, seeking out photo ops that allow them to complain that the government is not functioning.

First, it was the fact that wheelchair-bound World War II veterans could not visit their memorial in Washington, D.C. One Far Right congressman demonstrated that he is an absolute clown by publicly upbraiding a parks employee for not allowing visitors into the memorial—even though, as a result of the Congressman’s own votes, the parks employee was, in effect, working…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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