So the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government has been over 10 days since Congress got to the edge of yet another cliff and decided to run back to flat land.
Have you noticed how much better government's connection to our lives has improved since the vote?
Didn't think so.
To the contrary, no spending has been cut, the debt continues to soar and no one is being held accountable for some of the avoidable pain inflicted during the partial shutdown.
The unfolding of the Affordable Care Act has been a disaster. Most people can't even get on the website promoting this health care policy for all Americans, fewer are selecting it and some are finding out President Obama's promise that "if you want your doctor, you can keep your doctor" isn't necessarily true. Lots of other Americans are finding the promise of affordable premiums to be quite hollow, many reporting major increases.
Businesses, girding for health care premium disaster ahead, are revising hiring practices to get around Obamacare.
And this is just during the website phase. If the government can't roll out a website three years and millions of dollars in the making, what can we expect with the delivery of actual health care, which is much more complex?
And what was really accomplished by putting off big decisions yet another day and bowing down to a no-negotiations president? Nothing.
Everyone wants to assign winners and losers to these national debates. And while President Obama's approval ratings have dropped, most polls indicate Republicans who tried to stall Obamacare and get fundamental changes and cuts in federal spending are the big losers.
We suspect that as enrolling in health care continues to be problematic and the bill comes due on paying for it in coming months, everyday Americans will find out they are the biggest losers. And for all their trouble, Americans will watch the debt we are leaving for the next generation continue to grow even as our economy shrinks from the Affordable Healthcare Act fallout.
All the while, the president and members of Congress won't be dealing with the new health care law, since they were granted exceptions. So, the cooks avoid the food and all the while the head chef is insisting how good it is for you. Sorry, but that's the height of arrogance and hypocrisy.
We've heard how the better course would have been to allow Obamacare to take effect without challenge and fail. But America is supposed to attack a problem that will effect a sixth of its economy by solving it, political popularity be damned.
The better course would have been to stall Obamacare's individual health insurance requirement and keep the positive parts of the measure such as health care coverage under family premiums up to age 26 and insurance guarantees for those with pre-existing conditions.
In the coming year, other health care reforms could have been made, such as selling of health insurance across state lines.
And by all means, the debt ceiling, raised $7 trillion since Obama took office, doesn't need to be raised any further. It needs to be cut.
It's time for this president to stop campaigning and start being a statesman who is willing to listen when there are ways to make an idea better. And it's time for all members of the House and Senate to drop the political gamesmanship and remember what they are elected to do solve problems for the good of all Americans.