One day you wake up feeling icky. Maybe you have a very stuffed head and pain in sinus cavities. And you remember yesterday was like that too, and you haven’t felt good since Friday. So you take yourself to the doctor. The doctor confirms you have something like a sinus infection and proposes you take a round of antibiotics, ten days, take every pill. You say yes (this is an important part), take the prescription to the pharmacy, and get your pills. You take the first one at night. It’s a large pill, maybe “horse pill!” large. And you take pills the next few nights. The doctor said it would take a few days, and the infection was pretty bad. (In fact, maybe he gave you instructions on pain relievers.) Doctor said it might give you diarrhea, and you have a slight touch of that after a couple of days, not really too bad, but it’s never pleasant.
After, say, four or five days, you start to feel a little bit better. You can even force yourself to go to the store, where you see a nutritional supplement that says it can fix cold and sinus problems. You buy some, and you stop taking the antibiotics, even though the doctor said you have to take all ten days’ worth. You’re feeling better, you just need to control the sinus drainage now….
OK. In a week, you may feel completely better. Or, in a week, you may have completely relapsed, because the infection was never cleared up because you got impatient and stopped taking the antibiotics. You end up telling your friends, “thad pill da doctor gabe be din’t worgk, sniffle” or something to that effect, not owning up to the fact that you didn’t give it the full run.
Does the first part of story sound at all familiar, America? Isn’t that what you just did by voting the Republicans back in control of the House? Are you going to be saying “Thad president din’t worgk, sniffle” because you weren’t patient enough with the prescribed treatment? Nothing was going to clear up the infection in the economy in two years. But changing “treatments” in mid-recovery might just allow a relapse to recur.
I guess that’s my biggest disappointment, that what the administration and Congress had going with health care, financial reform, economic stimulus, etc., hasn’t been given a chance to work, and now the work starts to undo what hasn’t even gone into effect yet.