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By Tom Driscoll
Oct. 3, 2013 11:15 a.m.



House Joint Resolution, offered October 3, 2013



A Modest Proposal to Dislodge the Current Legislative Stalemate

Whereas, the American people are sick and freaking tired of the ugliness of petulant partisan personalized resentment based politics;and

Whereas, identifying a piece of legislation, one that involves varied and complex regulatory provisions for the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries and the tax liabilities and responsibilities for individuals and employers, with the president who was in office when that legislation was signed into law only serves to dodge the complexity and derail constructive debate; and

Whereas, the fore mentioned president is already the object of undue personal resentment and/or loyalty, depending on one’s point of view, and

Whereas, posturing along the lines of this resentment and/or loyalty has seemingly taken the place of reasoned political discourse and legislative process, and

Whereas, the call to ‘Repeal Obamacare’ has become the single obsessive task of a significant enough portion of The Congress and the American body politic in general so as to block all manner of other orderly business;now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, That henceforth and forth with, commencing this Third Day of October, The Year of Our Lord 2013 (sorry, Mel), The The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shall not be referred to as “Obama Care”; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That, lacking a conveniently pronounceable acronym, all future public discourse upon the aforementioned legislation shall refer to it by the name “Fred”; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Speaker of the House of Representatives prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the President and Senate President for the purpose of their instruction and signal of a cessation of pointless hostility.


I’d welcome any constructive suggestion on improving the above —or “Fred” even.

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