I am growing increasingly frustrated by not just Republican intransigence on funding the government (as required by the Constitution) but by the ridiculous coverage given to the issue by the media.
No, this is not a budget debate. The Affordable Care Act is a law, passed by the previous Congress. It is not a bill up for debate. The debate happened two years ago, and after it Congress voted to pass the law and President Obama signed it into law.
Even after it was law, the Republicans would not accept reality. They took it to the Supreme Court — and lost. That was the end of any constitutional challenge after the most conservative court since the Dredd Scott decision upheld the Affordable Care Act.
The constitutional question has been settled. The Republicans then ran a presidential campaign based on repealing "Obamacare" — and lost by five million votes.
There is no room for "debate" any longer. Obamacare is the law of the land. If Republicans don't like it, they are free to leave and find another country that espouses their values (I suggest Somalia or the Taliban-controlled areas of Pakistan).
What they do not have the right to do is sit on their hands and not do their job as elected officials. And what the Republicans are doing is not just a violation of their civic duty, it is a violation of their constitutional duty as well. If they don't get back to work, I suggest they all be impeached, and possibly imprisoned, for gross dereliction of duty.
William Smith, BaltimoreCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun