Agreed. Irrespective of whether you love or hate the ACA/Obamacare, this is not
the way to "debate" it.Here is where we were stupid.
Politicians promised to shutdown govt. and we didn't believe them. We
thought they could not be serious. That they were just using hyperbole.We were wrong. Now we need to seriously look at anyone who is so
irresponsible and assess whether they should hold their office.
When Mr. Florez has total access to the Deseret New's archives, I'm
surprized that he would write such a misleading article. The fact is that 59%
of the people told Congress to NOT pass ObamaCare. The Democrats mocked us by
offering bribes and kickbacks until they almost had enough votes to pass
ObamaCare regardless of the wishes of the people. They THEY, the Democrats,
changed the rules so that they could pass that bill. Look it up. It's
history. It's something that the Democrats cannot hide. They changed the
Senate rules and then quickly voted on that bill.Not one Republican
voted for that bill. It was passed over our objections and over the objection
of every Republican in Congress. The Democrats decided that they, not the
people were in charge. Read Pelosi's famous words.Well,
there's been another election and the Democrats were fired. The People got
rid of some of those politicians who mocked the citizens. The majority of the
People and the majority of the States still do not want ObamaCare. This time at
least the House is listening to its constituents. The Senate is mocking the
States. Obama mocks us all.
Mike,When the ACA passed, the majority were in favor. This shifted
afterward, but largely because many on the left feel that it did not go far
enough. Which is true. The ACA is a gift to the insurance industry. Of course,
it's better than what the GOP is offering.You say "Not one
Republican voted for the bill." True. Not one Republican has voted for much
of anything in the past four years. The previous Congress was the most
unproductive since the Civil War. This Congress is on pace to obliterate that
record.And yet, if Boehner put the clean Senate funding bill up for
a vote, he knows that enough Republicans would vote for it that the government
shutdown would end. Which is why he refuses to put it to a vote. He knows he
would lose his speakership. His job security is more important to him than the
jobs of hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers. Hypocrite.
The ping pong game continues; First its the hateful Democrats, then the hateful
Republicans; then the President and vice-versa etc., etc. It all depends on who
is in power. Let me propose a question. If the Democrats got all they wanted
and there were still the voice of the Republicans not being heard, would the
same article come out grieving over the unheard voices of the Republicans? No.
In the end the voices of ordinary Americans won't be heard by either party.
Democrats routinely trot across the stage someone with cancer, etc., as if all
Republicans or Tea party members are saying, 'Yea, we want that man to
suffer!' How absurd. That isn't the problem; the problem is always
about how can the government do something that it doesn't have the money to
do. If it spends money it doesn't have, everyone suffers. I'm not a
Republican or Democrat or Tea party member, and I'm all for helping the
catastrophic health care issues, but that isn't what this is about! Let me
hear a voice that doesn't blame, Republican or Democrat
@Twin Lights:"Now we need to seriously look at anyone who is so
irresponsible and assess whether they should hold their office."We've long known Obama shouldn't hold office. Fortunately, he has
but three years left. But, of course, he can do alotta damage to our economy
and government in three years. Especially with buddies like Harry Reid in the
Senate and Nancy Peloci in the House.
Twin Lights: Read Mike Richards comments, then re-read mine. Then,get another
light bulb turned on, which will tell you why neither party is about doing
what's best for the country. People like you, and there are many, keep
saying that this will spell the end of the Republican party, just as there are
those who will say the same thing about the Democratic party. Now, take note of
what will really change this country. It isn't Obamacare, and it
isn't Crony capitalism, or war, but it is about change, not from government
control or power, nor from the interests of big business. It's about you
and I--just look in the mirror! Definitely not toward either party.
wrz,Obama did not promise to shutdown the govt.bandersen,I have little use for parties even though I consider
myself an old school Republican. I don't believe this will be the end of
the Republican Party. But I do believe the responsibility for this mess needs
to be visited upon the heads of those who promised it - the Tea Partiers. They
promised it, they delivered it, and now we need to show our
"appreciation" at the next election.
@Twin Lights:"Obama did not promise to shutdown the govt."True, he didn't promise... He actually did shut the government
down. Remember, the House decides government funding, not the president. If
the president refuses to accept the House's budget he's responsible
for what happens thereafter.
wrz,Please. Read the constitution. It says:"All
Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but
the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. Every Bill
which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall,
before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If
he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections
to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections
at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it."Clearly
it is a process that involves the deliberation and concurrence of both houses of
Congress and the President. I recall the days of Reagan when he faced a
Democratic Congress and Republicans wanted the President to have more authority
in the process. The constitution is meant for generations and all types of
"mixes" in the various branches of govt.
@Twin Lights:"wrz, Please. Read the constitution.... Clearly it is a
process that involves the deliberation and concurrence of both houses of
Congress and the President."True, but the president and the
Democrats in the Senate think they rule and that the Repubs in the
(People's) House should be kicked aside. If there's disagreement, the
differences should be resolved in conference. But, Democrats refuse to budge an
inch. They won't even vote to open some segments of government, like the
nation's memorials and parks. So, who's shutting down government?Furthermore, it seems the majority should rule. So, let's see
who's in the majority...If you count noses (elected officials)
in the House, Senate, and white House you'll find the Republicans outnumber
the Democrats by more than 5 members. That's even counting Independents as
Democrats. Of course that's not counting the Media who are 80 to 90
percent Democrat... and they seem to have a vote.So, me thinks you
just got your lights punched out. :)
wrz,Precisely where in the constitution is the methodology you
outline?Should we have done it that way in the days of Reagan?
This is one of Florez' best articles.
Well said Mr. Florez.I tried posting a comment yesterday, but it was
denied as being "duplicate." Do you see my other comment on your
article?No? I don't see it either.
So when the US House recently passed a compromise, backed also by Rep. Matheson,
that wouldn't have defunded ObamaCare, but delayed implementing part of it,
and Sen. Harry Reid refused to even let it be heard, that was the GOP's
fault?When the House passed a bill to keep the parks open, and Sen.
Reid wouldn't let it be heard, that was the Republican's fault?When, instead of calling a meeting with the House and Senate leaders of
both parties to solve the impasse, the President scheduled the meeting to see
how to get a "clean CR" without dealing with any of the problems of
implementing ObamaCare, which even Rep. Matheson's office said was would
not get anywhere as soon as the meeting notice arrived, that was the
Republican's fault?Who hasn't had even one budget passed
during his entire time as US President, when even his own party wouldn't
buy in to his proposed budgets?OK, there are people on both sides
that aren't being smart, but the majority of the problem has been with the
US Senate Democratic Majority Leader and our current US President .
All I can say to John Florez is that wealth redistribution is NOT the answer.
Sorry John but that is called socialism ...even Communism. Giving some free
stuff while hurting others is NOT America- never has been. Making large numbers
of middle income hard working Americans suffer with sky high premiums while
giving the "sit of their rump do nothing" group free health care is NOT
America...never has been. The answer is to lift all Americans - poor to rich -
like a rising tide and the ONLY way to achieve that is robust free market
economy NOT based on the federal government hand outs.