Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Mr. Blair seems to live in the same fantasy world that Republicans on the Hill
are suffering from. And his assertion that the Democrats haven't
compromised is just as big a fantasy. From the FoxNews website, of all places,
we read:"One of the great mysteries of the current budget crisis
is why Republicans did not declare victory and pass a continuing resolution last
week funding government through the end of the year. "The
resolution that is at the root of this crisis already establishes
sequestration-level funding that President Obama and Senate Democrats have
repeatedly said is unacceptably low but which they were willing to swallow in
order to avoid a government shutdown. "That is the kind of
compromise that, under normal circumstances, Republicans should celebrate. They
got Democrats to accept a continuation of drastic, across-the-board spending
cuts that are anathema to the president and his base. And yet members of the Tea
Party, from Senator Ted Cruz to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, have driven the
Republican Party so far though the looking glass that even a compromise that so
greatly favored their side has not been enough. "The truth shall
set you free.
Which version of Obamacare should Congress fund? The original one passed by
congress and judged to be constitutional by the SCOTUS or the versions that
Obama has illegally altered 19 times since then, granting waivers for some lucky
people but not for others? For many Americans this issue has gone well beyond
healthcare, its about rule of law and the power of the President. We don't
have a King or an Emperor in America who can change or alter the laws of the
land at his discretion, we have a President with constitutionally mandated
limits to his power. Obama has exceeded his powers and what is most
disconcerting is that so many American don't care or are so blinded by
their ideology that they won't see the danger. I am grateful for the
Republicans who care about rule of law and fairness since the Democrats have
demonstrated they do not!
Brent, you apparently are misinformed or choose to ignore historic facts. To
state that the Patients' Protection and Affordable Care Act is The
Presidents's only accomplishment is a convoluted opinion. The first two
years of Barack Obama's presidency were filled with many very substantial
accomplishments. Let me remind you of just a few: overhaul of the student loan
program which resulted in much lower interest rates for students, Wall Street
reform, eighteen tax cuts mostly aimed toward helping small businesses, economic
stimulus, end of war in Iraq and the beginning of troop drawdown in Afghanistan,
The Fair Pay Act which for the first time makes it federal law for women to be
paid the same as men in the same job...There's much more and oh
yeah.... a health and insurance reform was passed. Since the Tea Party
infiltrated Republicans in Congress not much has happened due to obstructionism.
Brent ends up citing the responsible position for any adult watching the circus
in Washington. End the logjam and fix the law after your position is validated
in the next election(s). He spends most of the letter on partisan drivel, but no
matter since he comes to the correct conclusion: work with the Constitutional
system to accomplish what you want. What we have now is an attempt at a power
grab by people without the votes to make it happen legislatively. If
a survey were taken, less than 2% of the public would say they have ever heard
of the "Hastert Rule" and even less would know what it means. Yet that
rule is the real reason we face our fourth day of shutdown. The former
Republican speaker enforced a rule that no bill would be brought to the floor of
the House unless a majority of the majority would support it. The current
Speaker is adhering to that rule even as the knowledge is growing that if he
called a vote for a resolution to end the deadlock , it would pass...just not
with a majority of Republican votes.
I wonder if this writer, who is apparently one more hapless victim of right wing
propaganda, will still be singing this tune in a few years when the ACA has had
time to get rolling and has proven to be popular with a majority of
Americans.Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham during his fit of
filibusetering. Ironically a great choice. If you don't remember the main
idea of Green Eggs is simple: Try it, you just might like it.Americans should try it. We just might like it. And if we don't --
after a fair trial -- we can and should go to work LIKE ADULTS and make whatever
changes may be necessary.The current GOP hissy fit is simply
disgusting. Not at all unlike a toddler in a high chair refusing to try that
green stuff on her plate.
You know what the true problem is for Republicans isn't the idea that
Obamacare will fail. They are more worried that it will work! Everything they do
centers around the failure of Obama! It is ridiculous! I am listening to all
these people scream about not being able to go to the doctor you want or not
being able to use the medicine you choose. They are talking about things that
have been going on for years! How does it become the fault of Obamacare? Our
health system sucks! Republicans seem to care little about how to change things!
Obama hasn't done bad considering how things were when he started! The
stimulus plan worked better than any Republican would admit. Face it,
Republicans know that it will not make them look good if Obamacare succeeds.
They don't want any kind of success for our president and they do whatever
they can to get in his way. isn't it great that it isn't working. I am
going to laugh when Obamacare isn't the disaster that Republicans say it
@ One old man. Keep on dreaming! Everything we were told by the Democrats about
Obamacare was a lie as is being demonstrated by actual results! More likely that
your dreams of success will be that Obamacare will be the downfall of the
Democratic party when Obamacare consequences continue to roll in and Democrats
are voted out of office in droves! The momentum in that direction is already
well on its way! But you keep on believing in your fantasy!
Republicans have more congressmen than the democrats. They have a majority in
the house. If they cave on this, the ACA will never be fixed or amended or
anything. It will roll forth crushing the US economy.The notion that
the republicans need more power it crazy. Obviously they now have the power to
do what is best for the country right now, and they are doing it. I hope they
keep doing it.The call for more power, by both parties, is the a
sick and unproductive pursuit. There is a great balance now, and both sides have
to work with each other and keep each other's power in check. They have to
try to sell their program to the people as being 'for the good of the
country' even though we know full well there are those who are really going
for the power and control. But at least those with a mind (for more than just
handouts) will be pressuring their congressmen to do what is right for the
country. It is a perfect situation, short of a benevolent
all-knowing all-loving God running the government.
A Supreme Court ruling and a convincing re-election by our outstanding President
Obama is not enough to quash the self-assured, unpatriotic, Self-righteousness.
There has never been a time when I have been more embarrassed to say I'm
from Utah! Mike Lee???? Really????
Mountanman said: Everything we were told by the Democrats about Obamacare was a
lie as is being demonstrated by actual results! ...this comment
alone demonstrates the ignorance of a radio education.Children
covered by parent till 26...CheckPre-existing conditions...CheckDropping your coverage on a whim...CheckThere's 3 many more
could be found if you looked instead of listened.Everything was a
lie? All or none again?
1st it was the OFFENSIVE, un-funded wars in the Middle East.Then is
was the willful spying on citizens by the NSA.Continued with
Government handouts and bail outs to Corporations and Banks on WallsStreet, and now it's this - shutting down the Government by a minority
handful of radicals - without the majority, who are using extortion on
something; Passed by the House, Passed by the Senate, Signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court.and IS
the Law of the Land.If they want something changed, the must follow
the Constitution.Everything I've been taught to be warned and
concerned about most in my LDS beliefs - the trampling of the
Constitution, and the Constitution Hanging by a Thread...I witness
happening right now.And most ironic, by those who think and say they are
upholding and defending the Constitution?How can you be MORE wrong?
Mountanman, Keep on dreaming! Everything we were told by the Republicans about
the Affordable Care Act was a lie as is being demonstrated by actual results as
people begin to sign up and more new and better plans come from insurance
companies! More likely that your dreams of its failure will be that ACA will be
the complete victory of the Democratic party when ACA's favorable
consequences continue to roll in and Republicans are voted out of office in
droves! The momentum in that direction is already well on its way! But you keep
on believing in your fantasy!
I turned on Faux News and Rush Limbaugh at the same time the other day. The
echoes are still ringing out. I can't escape them. Please, help me get out
of this echo chamber. It's driving me insane.
bluecollar,Very true. The last Congress was the least productive
since the Civil War. What a distinction. But the current Congress is on track to
obliterate their predecessors' record. All due to tea party obstructionism.
They have no ideas, no solutions. They only know how to complain, criticize, and
sabotage. Anything to destroy a president they detest, even if they bring the
country down with him. Brilliant.
In summary, This is the end result of a Political Party obsessed and
focused as their single and sole objective for the past 5 years has been to make
Obama a one term President,instead of trying to make America -- ALL
of America, a better place."I hope he fails!" ~ Rush
Limbaugh, un-official spokesman and figurehead/dittohead for the Republican
@ One old man and Happy Valley. You must be one of the fortunate ones who either
got an Obamacare waiver are will be getting a nice taxpayer subsidy. The rest of
us have to suffer. But no doubt you are worth it!
@MountanmanThe answer is simple: if you hate Obamacare so much, they
way out has already been laid (see Vermont) come up with a plan that covers and
helps more people for less. Write your State Legislature and have it become law
in your State.The whining game that has gone on for three and a half
years clearly isn't working, so I suggest you try the better plan method.
You know, apart from the uninformed anti-ACA vitriol, there's a sensible
core to this letter. No one, Right, Left or Center can say with 100% accuracy
what will happen in the future. We don't know what the impact of the ACA
will be. So stop all this posturing and foolish House symbolic votes, and
let's just see what happens. If it's a catastrophe, Republicans will
reap a significant electoral reward. If, as I think, the ACA works just fine,
well, we Dems will do fine. Gamaliel was right-let's sit back and see what
Republicans and Democrats have had months to work out differences. But
Republicans have refused, since March, to conference with the Democrats to iron
out differences in the budget resolutions which passed each chamber. Instead,
they calculated they could require Obama and the Democrats to agree to their
demands on Obamacare/ACA if they were up against the shutdown
"clock."There are now over 20 Republican lawmakers who are
willing to pass a "clean" continuing resolution to keep the govt open IF
Boehner allowed it to come for a vote in the House. But Boehner won't
allow a vote.
There is another choice. Let the ACA proceed, and help it succeed.
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