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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Words and Deeds in Washington

I admit, despite the relief I felt that Boehner didn't have the votes in the House to end the shutdown, I didn't feel respect. I do feel some (grudgingly) now, if only because he's smart enough to recognize that the Tea Party is right on this - their position is very popular. I'm a bit suspicious that this response (below) is a political ploy on behalf of the Establishment GOP to restore some credibility with their conservative constituents while continuing to pull the rug out from under the Tea Party - which is nothing more than fiscally responsible and freedom minded everyday Amercians - but you can see what you make of it. From National Review:
The message from Boehner and majority leader Eric Cantor was unity, with warnings not to point fingers of blame. 
“Everyone in this room ran on the Republican ticket,” Cantor told colleagues. 
“We all agree Obamacare is an abomination. We all agree taxes are too high. We all agree spending is too high. We all agree Washington is getting in the way of job growth. We all agree we have a real debt crisis that will cripple future generations. We all agree on these fundamental conservative principles. . . . We must not confuse tactics with principles. The differences between us are dwarfed by the differences we have with the Democratic party, and we can do more for the American people united,” he told them.
All true. Yet the Establishment generally undercuts conservatives over Democrats and liberals in politics, so we'll see if their deeds follow these words. Speaking of action, also keep in mind as you read the news that Cruz couldn't do more - with effect - than he has been for the conservative cause. He can't stop the Senate from doing what they're doing (which benefits themselves). He's not damaged his conservative cred - he's increasing in popularity because of things he says like this.
"Fifteen thousand UPS employees got a notification in the mail that they were losing spousal coverage, that their husbands and wives were all losing the health insurance that they wanted and they like.  That is happening all over the country.  It's wrong.  And the focus in my view should not be on the politics of Washington.  The politics of Washington at the end of the day doesn't matter.  What the focus should be is on making Washington, DC, listen to the American people and respond to the very real harms that Obamacare is causing to millions of people."
If you can, try to find whole transcripts of interviews with conservatives or at least check around for reports from many sites, because reports tend to be rather one-sided these days if you haven't noticed!

Above all, don't forget that Obamacare remains wildly unpopular with the populace. Ann Coulter reminds us of its "enactment," even beyond Congress exempting itself from living under it (which is unconstitutional). Here's the intro:
No major legislation has ever been passed like Obamacare -- and I'm using the word "passed" pretty loosely. 

It became law without both houses ever voting on the same bill. (Say, is the Constitution considered "settled law"?) Not one Republican voted for it -- and a lot of Democrats immediately wished they hadn't. 

Historically, big laws have been enacted with large, bipartisan majorities. In 1935, President Roosevelt enacted Social Security with a 372-33 vote in the House and 77-6 in the Senate. 

In 1965, Medicare passed in the Senate 70-24 and the House 307-116, with the vast majority of Democrats supporting this Ponzi scheme and Republicans roughly split. 

Reagan's magnificent tax cuts in 1981 -- which Democrats now denounce as if they'd been appalled at the time -- passed with a vote of 89-11 in the Senate and even 323-107 in the hostile Democratic House. 
Then the conclusion. Good stuff in the middle, and you can read it all here.
This is why the duly elected Republican majority in the House keeps funding the entire federal government -- except Obamacare. Or except Congress' exemption from Obamacare. Or except the individual mandate that Obama has already waived for his big-business friends. 

"Settled law" has nothing to do with it. When Republicans won't give up on an issue, it is because they are defending the will of the people, not pushing some harebrained scheme cooked up by a small group of zealots and imposed on the nation by an activist judge or freak Congress. 

When Democrats refuse to give up on an issue, it's against the will of the people with one party laughing, "Ha ha! We have 60 votes!" 

UPDATE: The "deal" has now passed and signed, but it's temporary. They have to hammer out details by January. Yeah right, they always kick the can down the road.

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