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    Senator Ted Cruz Advanced the Argument to Defund Obamacare

    09/27/2013

    Did House Republicans thank him? Not exactly. In a conference call with bloggers earlier today, House Republican Conference members Sean Duffy, Tom Reed and Rodney Davis 'acknowledged defeat' in the effort to defund Obamacare instead setting their sights on an effort to delay the implementation of Obamacare, an effort championed by House Republican Conference chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers.

    Suggestions included a one year delay of the individual mandate and allowing states to claim temporary exemptions from Obamacare. Congressman Davis expressed a frustration about the inability to return to regular constitutional order so as to implement true spending cuts. Another idea that was floated included tying the implementation of Obamacare to such a return so that the implementation of Obamacare would be temporarily delayed for the length of the term of each continuing resolution. Other ideas included a so-called ‘Fair CR’ eliminating special exemptions and subsidies for Members of Congress and others. 

    Earlier in the week on the Laura Ingraham radio show, Congressman Duffy remarked “Thank God he [Cruz] wasn’t fighting at the Alamo!” suggesting that Cruz’s calls to filibuster the House continuing resolution in order to prevent Harry Reid from stripping language to defund Obamacare amounted to ‘surrender.’ What Congressman Duffy failed to appreciate is that Senator Cruz’s filibuster effort helped refocus the nation’s attention on many of the ills of Obamacare including the devastating effect it is having on employment. Senators Cruz and Lee never guaranteed that their strategy would cause the demagogue that is President Obama to suddenly wake up and suggest that these guys have a valid point. Rather, as successful experience litigators, both knew that if Republicans stood united with the base of their party and did not repeat the mistake of past budget battles of negotiating with themselves in public, they would be able to force President Obama and Congressional Democrats to the negotiating table and advance the cause of delaying, defunding and dismantling Obamacare, a cause the every Republican member of Congress claims to support.

    Congressman Duffy seemed to express a frustration that the idea of tying the defunding of Obamacare to the passage of a continuing resolution seemed to be sprung on the House of Representatives at the last minute. What this demonstrates is that Senators Cruz and Lee are correct. Congress is not listening to the American people. How else to explain the nearly two million signatures on the national petition to defund Obamacare in less than two months. http://dontfundit.com. If Republican Congressman and Senators want to repeat their 2010 electoral success in 2014, they would do well to pay attention to events of the past two months and tailor their agenda accordingly.

    5 comments
    stonestone's picture
    stone stone
    09/27/2013

    I'd say at this point the Democrats couldn't be any more pleased with what's happening right now: The GOP painted themselves into a corner. They aren't going to be able to stop Obamacare, and so they decided to make a pointless last stand. In the end, Americans will blame them if they refuse to budge and the government grinds to a halt. This will in turn hurt their image, which already isn't exactly stellar in the eyes of most Americans. But either way... Your side lost. Get over it and find something more constructive to do besides making the GOP part of some weird 3-rung circus...

    stonestone's picture
    stone stone
    09/27/2013

    Oh cmon', Its fun, ain't it? But regardless, I believe my points were made, so that's really all there is to be said. Have a good evening anyway.

    EyeOnFreedom
    09/27/2013

    When I said do tell more, I was being rhetorical.

    stonestone's picture
    stone stone
    09/27/2013

    I think you might want to look up what the term " Irony" means. But nevertheless, Its not I who is stating the obvious. At this point more recent polls show something like 51% of all Americans will blame the GOP if the government shuts down. At this point the GOP has tried for over 40 times to defund Obamacare- all efforts that were knowingly and willingly symbolic since none of those efforts had any chance of ever passing the senate. So at this point most Americans see this latest effort as more of the same. But the sad thing is that the GOP has wasted an astronomical amount of their time- time which should have been spent on more pressing concerns- on trying to stop something they can't. When you start having major Republican campaign managers, high- ranking GOP congressmen, and even business organizations telling the GOP they are basically digging themselves into a hole then that to me should signal to them that hey- maybe this isn't a good idea. But too late- they'll probably do it anyway. here's the thing: I grew up in a split political household: One side was Republican, the other Democrat. We got along fairly well because the debates were typically respectful and reasonable. I'm not saying the Democrats are totally innocent here, but the GOP needs to get out of this rut they've been in for years now. The brand of politics they think they should be going after is not a style that works anymore. But either way, I'm certainly not biting my nails on this particular issue. Obamacare will start in October and the GOP is possibly going to need to do some PR to repair the damage that will be done to their image if they actually succeed in shutting down the government. All you need to do is look back to the 90's last time the GOP tried a cute stunt like this one...

    EyeOnFreedom
    09/27/2013

    I am fascinated by the concern that regressives seem to have for advancing the conservative agenda. Do tell more.

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