If Republicans Want to Talk About Incompetence, They Should First Look in the Mirror

mirrorSince the HealthCare.gov website for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace went live at the beginning of this month, many conservatives have been on cloud nine.  Finally after all these years they had something factual to say negatively about “Obamacare.”  Up until this month, nearly every talking point Republicans had used against the healthcare law have been, at best, severe stretches of the truth — but mostly blatantly lies.

And with these “Obamacare glitches,” Republicans have been quick to try to paint the Obama administration, and anyone involved with the Affordable Care Act, as completely incompetent.

Granted, the rollout has been a disaster thus far, but that doesn’t mean the law is a failure.  The website is just the website.  It’s a tool—it’s not the law.

But I think the things that’s bothered me most is the gloating by Republicans during this whole ordeal.  Instead of spending time and resources trying to help fix the site as quick as possible, they’re too busy holding pointless “hearings.”  And let’s face it, these aren’t hearings — they’re political sideshows to try to score cheap political points with their voters.

Besides, just who in the hell do these people think they are?  Were they in a coma from 2001-2009?  You want to talk about colossal failures and incompetency, they define both.

Their president had information about an impending attack on United States soil, then did nothing.  Their party claimed that the Bush Tax Cuts would bring about economic prosperity and balance our budget in a decade — they did the complete opposite.  Their party led the charge for the Iraq War with their president promising the world that Iraq had WMD’s — we found a grand total of zero.  Their president presided over numerous attacks on American embassies during his eight years in office.  Their president botched the response to Hurricane Katrina about as bad as any human being possibly could have.  Their party pushed through the Medicare Part D plan that experienced similar terrible technical problems at launch.  Their president took us from a balanced budget to record deficits.  Their president failed to capture or kill the mastermind behind 9/11.  Their president presided over the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.

Hell, their Vice President shot another man in the face.

Honestly, I could keep going on and on.  I didn’t even get into their total incompetency they’ve shown since President Obama came into office.  Stuff like voting against Hurricane Sandy relief and flirting with the idea of letting our nation default on it’s debts which resulted in the first credit downgrade for the United States—ever.

And wait, didn’t we just have a government shutdown that accomplished exactly zero of the unobtainable goals they were trying to achieve?  And didn’t they shut down the government knowing these goals weren’t obtainable—but they decided to shut it down anyway?

So they want to talk about others being incompetent?  Really?

Republicans, just do me this one favor: before you call anyone else incompetent ever again, you folks might want to first look in the mirror, because your party defines the word.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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