"... There were three main schools, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, and the Greek; and to these a fourth was added in our country by Caesar during his dictatorship, who with the assistance of the learned astronomer Sosigenes (Sosigene perito scientiae eius adhibito) brought the separate years back into conformity with the course of the sun." ~Pliny's Natural History
Despite being the most powerful empire on earth to date, the old Roman calendar had enormous shortfalls, which caused innumerous problems. Enter Julius Caesar, who introduced a new calendar of 365 days instead of 355, and the inclusion of leap day (the last day of February, every four years). As Emperor, Julius Caesar could more or less do as he pleased (until he pushed too hard...but that's another story.) The crafting of a new calendar was no frivolous undertaking. After considerable thought and with the assistance of Sosigenes, the Julian calendar made its debut January 1, 45 B.C. (also known as January 1, 709 A.U.C (ab urbe condita- "from the founding of the city [Rome]").
Fast-forward to December 2013, and we find a would-be emperor, who does not quite have the power to change the calendar, but with carte blanche to alter laws shifting the deadline for his new healthcare law once again. The grand scheme to insure all Americans pushed through with dictatorial determination, against the wishes of at least half the citizens, has been easier to conceive than to implement. The problem is the law and its myriad of changing rules that seem more akin to going from the Julian calendar to the Roman calendar. In other words, it is a step backwards. Be that as it may, we are told there will be conformity; not with the course of the sun, but the whims of the president.
So, today is the deadline for enrolling in ObamaCare for those seeking healthcare coverage at the start of 2014? This is the third deadline and more than likely, it will be followed by additional deadlines for hardship and goodwill exceptions, among other categories yet to be named. As for rule changes to the law itself, I've lost count, which isn't a big deal since this sloppy patchwork of corrections only weighs down this disaster more-making it sink faster. Yet I can see why delusions of grandeur are so attractive. Julius Caesar's name will live on forever, as part of the western calendar and as long as mankind marvels at his reign.
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