Dear John Boehner: Stop Making Those Stupid Faces on Live Television

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Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21 and will be followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.

Well, the Affordable Care Act is now in effect and tons of artists such as myself now have access to healthcare. I attended a meeting last week about pursuing a personalized artist grant on behalf of the Regional Arts Commission. During the course of this meeting I sat in a room full of artists from different parts of the city. We were all black, white, Latino, Asian, man, woman, etc. All of us were artists of some sort, but we weren't all musicians. During the course of this meeting we each obtained a flyer that advertised the fact that healthcare is now available to the artistic community via the ACA, which is commonly known as "Obamacare."

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The Republicans ignorantly named this bill "Obamacare" as a means of turning it into the boogie-man, hiding underneath our beds and lurking in our closets. We were all supposed to live in fear of this thing passing; it would push us closer to living in Nazi Germany. Instead these idiots actually branded the healthcare act with a name that is more recognizable and easier to remember. Now that the general public has embraced the term "Obamacare" the Republicans will more than likely attempt to start calling the bill by its actual name. I'm drifting (as I often do in my blogs) but walk with me and I promise you all of my points will eventually connect.

So I sat in this meeting and I read the flyer distributed to us upon entry. And as I read, it really hit me. Hate it or love it, we're living in historical times. I'm an artist and I now no longer have to worry about whats happens when I get sick. As artists, we are members of a occupational field that doesn't offer us benefits. We don't typically have a 401k or a life insurance plan. We have freedom that other people lack in their daily occupation, but we frankly do not have access to the stability supplied by a "normal" job. This is a lonely, desolate lifestyle choice. We give it our all and get very little in return. Our futures are uncertain in many regards and we usually don't share the comfort originally described in the manual of the American dream. I'm an artist and I'm proud of it. I'm speaking from the lens of a person that was born with a certain gift and has decided to use it for the betterment of the world.

I exist to utilize every ounce of my creative instincts for the good of our society. I am not special. I am not superhuman; I have flaws and imperfections, and through my talents I share them with you. I believe we deserve more credit. By "we" I mean each and every true artist on this planet deserves more credit. Art separates us, as humans, from the rest of the animal kingdom. For many years throughout the centuries we have been robbed of the basic necessities that are enjoyed by humans in other occupations. Now we can remain self-employed and self-reliant while finding a small sense of normality within the fact that the Affordable Care Act has made the distant dream of being an artist with ready-made healthcare a reality.

This is the true spirit of the American dream being realized in our modern day. All of the world's problems are not solved, and I don't totally support either party, but if the shoe fits, put it on and walk a mile in it. The Republicans look like the old people fighting the tide of change on this issue. We had an election, the country voted and the Democrats won.


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29 comments
billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Mr. Poe, do you really expect people to believe that you couldn't purchase Healthcare Insurance for yourself prior to Obamacare ?  Why don't you tell the truth and simply admit you didn't want to pay for it ?  Now that all taxpayers are burdened with supporting this abortion and possibly lowering your costs you are more that ready to sign up, huh?  Figures !!!  

Roger Gast
Roger Gast

go to Hollywood for that, keep congress, respectable.. lol..

Thomas Doyle
Thomas Doyle

How about you stop showing only the bad photos.Out of hundreds of photos taken you always show on purpose the bad ones.Its part of your agenda.

Nathan B Cromwell
Nathan B Cromwell

he's trying not to laugh cause he knows the shutdown is hurting us and the economy and he doesn't care

Gary Greenlee
Gary Greenlee

I think his remote BUTT PLUG just kicked in...: + /

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

the GOP is acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. So, they will make everyone in the white house suffer. I.E 800,000 of federal employees. But that does stop there, the american republic will suffer at the hands of a bunch of whinny school girls brats. awwwwww, awwwww aww awwwww. we have to stop Obama Care. awwwww, awww, awwww. We are the tea party. awwww, awwww, awwww.

Greg Hahne
Greg Hahne

... where will you be when diarrhea strikes?

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

If the resident RFT-Conservative-wacko-troll face fits, you're most definitely wearing it....

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

Funny you don't say the same about Oblama. SMH. What a liberal rag.

Dominic Rosswick
Dominic Rosswick

Maybe he can play the next Joker if they Re-Re-Reboot the Batman movies.

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

He like a school yard bully. kinda entertaining. atleast i have something to watch. Politics can be funny and filled with sillyness. lmfao

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

“Government is about teamwork, I’ve done my part by putting together an entirely optional crisis that has shut down the government and will throw thousands out of work. Now it’s up to the President to do his part by ending it. How many more people do I have to throw out on the street before the President wakes up?" John Boehner (according to The Borowitz Report)

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