In a previous post, I wrote about Obamacare Schadenfreude, that feeling of amusement when some ardent supporters of Obamacare realize that that monstrous piece of legislation will have negative consequences for them or for causes about which they claim to care. I was reminded of that post again yesterday when I heard that one of the authors of Obamacare, Max Baucus (D-Montana), complained that the implementation of Obamacare was going to be a “huge train-wreck coming down.”
Likewise, a little over a week ago, Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) complained about the incomprehensible complexity of the law: “‘I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,’ he said, as quoted in the Washington Examiner. ‘Tax reform obviously has been huge, too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.’” My response to both Senators is simply to respond: well, isn’t that just too bad.
Today, though, I’d rather write about another Obama-era affliction which I’ve been suffering with since late January 2009. It is something akin to depression, and it is brought on or exacerbated by the daily outrages resulting from this administration’s policies.
Sometimes it boils up to anger which gives me more energy, but at other times I feel listless and unmotivated or even hopeless. At times, I get by just focusing on the routines and necessary activities of my daily life, but sometimes even those feel like a burden. Writing about the issues can be therapeutic, though there are many times when I’d rather not think about them at all.
So what to call this condition? “Obamalaise” came to mind, but I think others have used that to describe the lingering weakness in our economy.
I also thought of “Obama Weltschmerz.” That conveys the angst and depression, and I like the fact that, like Obamacare Schadenfreude, it uses a German word. As I see it, the use of a German word helps to communicate my sense that Obama’s America feels like it’s headed towards the sort of economic collapse which characterized Weimar Germany.
Maybe that’s too dark. “Obamanomie” communicates a sense of impending social instability and alienation. That might get at the matter a little better, though it’s perhaps even more depressing to think about.
In any case, I know I’m not the only one suffering with this condition. I suspect many of our readers are, too. What would you call it?