President Obama staged a pep rally of sorts after the debt ceiling was raised wherein he vilified the inept legislative culture in Washington. It was easy to miss that the critical question in this whole debacle went unasked: What actually drove the minority party to block a perfunctory debt ceiling increase in an unprecedented attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act? The answer lies in demographics. The administration seems to view Obamas' re-election as a sweeping mandate to reshape the social landscape; Obama's Electoral College vote was overwhelming even in the face of a marginal popular victory. But his main opponent in this recent debate, the House of Representatives, is more closely tied to the state-by-state county vote. In that arena, Obama was a huge loser.
Obama's subsequent arrogance is seen to have feet of clay as he imposes a health care system more suited to tax-tolerant inner-city precincts than to the country as a whole. Perhaps the solution is as simple as allowing this difference to intelligently inform the ongoing revision of the ACA using, as Abraham Lincoln said, “the better angels of our nature” to empower rather than divide our nation.
Kyle Toal, Oklahoma City