Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity. - Michel de Montaigne
Consequences. Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction. So says Newton’s third law. This law of physics is also sought as a balance in nature, geopolitics, society, finance, business, law, parenting and any other pursuit that seeks stability.
[What this has to do with politics]
That used to be a premise for the federal government as well. Now, instead of facing the music as it comes, the can is being kicked down the road. Consequences be damned. Continuing resolutions are replacing annual budgets, funding is being allocated piecemeal and on a temporary basis. Necessary projects are being suspended or delayed and critical entitlements are becoming more and more unsustainable.
The federal government is now becoming less effective at its own execution due to intransigence. Immigration and drug enforcement has been an ongoing problem, but there is a growing movement to obstruct any government program that goes against the grain of states' ideologies. Washington and Colorado have decriminalized possession of less than an ounce of marijuana despite federal law prohibiting possession. There have even been pathetic attempts at secession arising to undermine the democratic process by those who oppose the outcome of the last election.
There is, however, a larger issue at hand. With resistance from the right over the Affordable Care Act, many states that opposed the law have refused to act toward implementation of the law, betting the farm that it would be declared unconstitutional or that the presidency would change hands and the law would be repealed.
If I violate the law by missing the filing deadline for my income taxes or drive with an expired license, registration or insurance; I can expect to be held to the consequences. Not so, however, with the health care law. States are being given an additional month to decide the direction of their exchanges simply because they backed the wrong horse regarding the continuity of the ACA.
As with many legal decisions, failing to act upon a legal requirement usually results in a default action. In this case, the direction was supposed to be for the federal government to seize control of the exchanges for states that refused to act. Some states are finding this option attractive. With opposing states continuing to drag their feet, it is becoming the burden of the federal government to take action for them.
The election is over for the country, just like the primaries were over when Romney was selected as the Republican candidate. It is time for our political system to fall in line with the elected political system and make our government work and stop the obduracy. After all, that’s what the people of America really want.