Forcing the Government Shutdown Is Arguably Not the Most Self-Indulgently Meaningless Gesture That the Republican House Has Made
As the federal government has shut down because the President and the Senate Democrats would not accede to the demand by Tea-Party House Republicans that the Affordable Care Act be defunded on the eve of the enactment of its last major provisions, it is helpful, I think, to put this whole absurdly contrived melodrama into perspective.
As has been widely reported each time the vote has been taken, Republicans in the House have now voted forty-one times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
But an even more illustrative demonstration of their peculiar derangement was provided about a year ago.
Here is a news summary of that earlier effort at “defunding”:
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