March 10th, 2011

politics pelosi

The circle is now complete

Remember my entry a couple weeks ago about unions and the trouble in Wisconsin? I'm willing to wager not, but it turns out that I was pretty prescient in my predictions. I had compared the current union and budget bills to what occurred during the passing of Obamacare, listing the many similarities. I also speculated that the entire situation might end with another procedural 'trick' akin to the democrat's use of reconciliation. Lo and behold, I just read the following in a news update:

The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans outmaneuvered the chamber's missing Democrats and approved an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker's "budget-repair bill" — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measure that spends money. But Republicans on Wednesday took all the spending measures out of Walker's proposal and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the revised bill a short time later.

The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday's stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.

It's just amazing. The sheer number of parallels boggles the mind as far as I'm concerned and I'm curious if other politicos and members of the commentariat have noticed the similarities. I haven't see any other posts or articles examining the similarities between the union bill and Obamacare but the link is almost blinding in it 1 to 1 correspondence. The only difference is that the two teams have switched sides with the republicans passing a bill over the objections of the minority while with Obamacare it was the reverse. Even the very arguments each side has made is exactly the same as the opposition in the other case. It's almost eerie and I think teaches a lot about politics and politicians. There really are no ethics or morals when it comes to this sort of thing. You feel justified in the actions you take and the arguments you make because it's your cause you're supporting while the exact same tactics in the hands of the opposition is abhorrent. Seldom has there been such a clear picture of hypocrisy laid bare for all to see.

All in all, because I see a lot more hippy commentary than conservative, I've been reveling in the indignant squawks of various liberals over the current turmoil. I find it hilarious that they don't see the irony and link to the fight over Obamacare. In my opinion, what's good for the goose has got to be good for the gander, right? I thought Obamacare was an asinine and profoundly cynical attempt by the dems to ram through legislation that a majority of americans clearly not want. It only seems fair that they should see the other side inflict the very same shenanigans back upon them. It'll take a while to see what public sentiment about the union bill settles down as, but the circle would truly be complete if it's negative yet all the republicans condescendingly argue that that's due to ignorance and soon the people will grow to love it once they learn more about it. I might just die laughing if that ends up being the case.
dr horrible pain is like

Pain and sleep

It sometimes takes forever for the pills to kick in and completely cut off the pain issues. It's especially noticible at night for some reason, likely because I would normally be trying to get at least a little sleep and the stabby McOwOw makes it hard if not impossible. There's nothing to do but wait it out, shifting positions and trying to find something to occupy my mind whether it be audiobooks or videos or whatever. As long as whatever it is doesn't require any real thought or concentration, which usually rules out posting or reading something extensive.

The funny thing is that while I spend all these hours waiting for the pain to go away, it's often a surprise when it does. It's like it sneaks up on me and there's always a moment of surprised realization that it's gone and things are spiffy again. You would think I would then take advantage of the respite to get to sleep, after all that's what the pain had been preventing, but that's almost never the case. It's as if somewhere I feel like it'd be wasting the pain-free safe zone I've been granted and that I should actually use it to do something. It's usually at least a few hours down the line before exhaustion builds and catches up with me. This phenomenon no doubt has contributed to a lot of the sleep disturbance I've experienced over the years. Of course, it was a lot more problematic back in the days where I had a daily schedule and things I needed to get done. Now, it's just a point of interest and explains a little about why my activity cycle always trends toward the nocturnal.