"Stupid is as Stupid Does"
Forrest Gump Film Poster Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does."

After a month of absolute chaos in our nation, could someone explain to me what the Tea Party accomplished that was positive? They wanted to end Affordable Care Act/Obamacare by shutting down the government, and they failed. That stupid stunt cost our economy 24 billion dollars.

The Congress will not rescind healthcare reform, and the President would not sign it even if Congress voted to repeal healthcare. It is the law of the nation. Both the Senate and the House passed Obamacare, the President signed it, the Supreme Court upheld it, and Obama was reelected in part due to Obamacare.

Is there a part of the way our government should function that I have missed? Here is a simple sentence to show how legislation works: Congress passes a bill, the president signs it, and often the Supreme Court will look into its constitutionality. This has been the modes operandi of our government for 237-years.

I have traveled all over the world during my adult life. One time in Egypt, a taxi driver and I were talking. He said that Egyptians love Americans but often question our government's actions. I nodded agreement and told him that many Americans feel the same way. Then I told him about a saying that we often use. "Stupid is as stupid does." There in the parking lot near the pyramids and the Sphinx, I explained who Forrest Gump was and mentioned that Forrest said that often in a movie. I am not certain that my cabbie understood my explanation decades ago, but I have understood it for years.

The Tea Party threatened the very basis of our economy, because they did not like Obamacare. Finally, enough members of Congress said that enough was enough. Nonetheless, we will be repeating that stupidity again in the early part of 2014. "Stupid is as stupid does."

I can think of only two things that will result from the Tea Party's stupidity and both are positive:

  1. Hillary Clinton will be our next president without a doubt. If the Tea Party and the birthers do not like our first black president, just wait a couple of years.
  2. The Tea Party is going to ruin what is left of the Republican Party. They are engaged in political fratricide among the GOP. "Stupid is as stupid does."
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