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June 10, 2013

HOWEY: ‘Tweak and adapt’

When times change, Americans adapt. We learn how to be resourceful in the face of adversity, winning world wars and punching into space. The successful among us, be they businesswomen, educators, generals or clergy, have long defied odds and found success because they adapted to new environments, developed corresponding resources, and watched the past recede in their rear-view mirrors and the windows of Gemini and Apollo.

Some fail at first, then figure it out and thrive.

Some of us — the obstinate, the ideologue, the clueless, the impaired, the anarchist, the old-timer — will not evolve and will fall behind. We’ve repeatedly seen this success and failure in American history and mankind, from the Reformation, to the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, in agrarian society that ranged from the primitive plow to satellite technology, to the Civil Rights movement all the way through the Internet transformation.

I say this in returning to the subject of Obamacare, because it will impact, in some way, just about every one of us.

The column I wrote last week wasn’t an endorsement of Obamacare. Nor was I “lit up” as one Evansville reader suggested. The point I sought to burnish was this: It’s the law of the land. All of the spouting, speculation and dire predictions aren’t going to change that fact.

President Obama (or Vice President Biden) will be in the White House until January 2017. Even if Republicans were to retake control of the U.S. Senate in 2014, there is no way that Obamacare will be repealed. And for two election cycles now, voters across America (and here in Indiana) have opted for a Democratic U.S. Senate and reelected Obama 51-47 percent. I erroneously stated last week that Obama was reelected with 53 percent, when I meant to say that 53 percent did not support Mitt Romney, who made Obamacare repeal a central part of his campaign.

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