It's hard to believe that a group of people can be so contemptuous of a bill that allows everyone to have health insurance and helps reduce the long term costs of health care. They would rather tank the economy than allow those whom they believe to be undeserving to receive health care subsidies. This smug, self-righteous attitude is what fobs itself off as modern day "conservativism." If this means fucking over the elderly and disabled who won't receive their Social Security money, or troops serving overseas, then so be it.
You would think that most Americans would be tired of the brinksmanship and game playing. But because the Congressional districts have been gerrymandered to suit Republicans, they will keep getting elected and holding this nation hostage. It's embarrassing. Other nations see these antics as ridiculous and backward. America looks like a puritanical wasteland, filled with uptight whites who can't stand the notion of a bunch of blacks, Mexicans, and white rednecks whom they see as being lazy trying to get "free stuff." They would rather be damned than allow that to happen.
I do blame some of this on America's excessive whiteness. It is terribly uptight when it comes to sex and work--the two areas that show America's puritanical beginnings. We love to get upset when Miley Cyrus twerks on TV or when Ronald Reagan tells his stories about welfare queens driving Cadillacs. Your average uptight suburban white has a heart attack if you don't mow your lawn once a week. Uptight whites are obsessed with nosing into the business of their neighbors and telling them how to live. When they aren't doing this, they are busy supporting politicians who support intruding on other countries, forcing them to follow the "American Way." This is the basis of American Exceptionalism--we are righteous white Christians who have the truth and we are going to impose it on others whether they like it or not.
The good news is that America is changing. The uptight white stranglehold is being loosened. Whites aren't multiplying fast enough to keep up with those of other races, which will hurt them at election time. Many of these rising minorities grew up with different values, and these values rarely reflect those of white, suburban and rural America. The day of reckoning for the GOP is coming.
The sooner the better, I say.