This political cycle has gone to the stage of social entertainment. The Republican house delegation had a triumphal procession after they voted down Obamacare and got their version of the Affordable Care Act voted into law.
This is phase one, mind you. The U.S. Senate has to vote its version of the law into place, and the two versions have got to coalesce and come together. No mean trick.
The thing is the Republicans had a caravan after the vote as they made their way to the White House to celebrate their victory with the president. A little premature, but the bill did get through the House.
I could not help the feeling that it was reminiscent of high school students whose team won the big Thanksgiving football game. The Democrats were hissing and booing on the sidelines, predicting the end of the world as we now know it, calling the Republicans all the mean names permitted in decent society.
The thing is, I think we expect more from our leaders; maybe it’s just my old-fashioned upbringing, but the game isn’t over yet - it still has to get through the Senate, and the two separate chambers have to agree on the bill. Any - and I do mean any - bill that has the far-reaching impact on our citizens is serious. That’s the word, serious. Our representatives should be taking this law very seriously - you know, read it before they pass it - to see what it says.
A point to ponder.
Phil Mikan is the host of the Phil Mikan Show on WMRD 1150/WLIS AM 1420 daily at 10 a.m. and the Weekend Corner Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to him at Phil Mikan, Central Connecticut Communications, One Court Street, New Britain, CT 06051.