It’s an old mantra, at least as old as I can remember. “We need to vote in more Republicans and get control.” You’ve heard it before. If we can only regain control then we can fix everything. But I always end up asking myself, what happened? I swallowed the bait and marched into that booth determined to change the tide on out of control entitlement programs and elected officials sending me all over the globe to police the world. The election is over, the Republicans are in charge and along comes Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, the Patriot Act and a couple trillion dollars in debt.
Most recently, a new class of Republicans ran for office in the mid-term elections, promising to be more fiscally responsible and to return to our constitutional roots. I wondered what exactly constitutional roots were. I thought that the Constitution was still law, often broken and ignored, but still law. But best of all was the proclamation that all of these “constitutional” conservatives could get behind: “We will do everything in our power to either repeal or Obamacare or defund it.”
The election was a landslide, plenty of new Republicans and a couple of old ones replaced. But what happened? Did they attempt to repeal Obamacare? Yes 30 times, but everyone knew that there was a Presidential veto that would stop that. OK, let’s look at option 2. Did more and new Republicans defund it? They control the House of Representatives, and we all know that all expenditures must originate in the House. But it didn’t get defunded; something else happened – a couple of debt ceiling increases. What part of the campaign pledge promised to enslave my children and grandchildren with a debt that they will never see paid off? Surely that wasn’t part of returning to our constitutional roots, was it?
Then we awaited word from the Oracles to make their pronunciation and Chief Justice John Roberts does the unimaginable. He decides to mold the Constitution to fit the legislation. Where exactly did that authority come from? Nowhere is the Supreme Court granted the power to interpret the Constitution and make it fit law. They are supposed to interpret law and determine if it fits the Constitution. Well, I never trusted men in dresses anyway, black or red.
So the mantra returned almost immediately. “We must elect more Republicans. We need enough Republicans to take control of the Senate and the White House.” More Republicans are needed because that is the only way to kill this monstrosity called Obamacare. You see, we always return to the mantra, but we seem to forget it after the election, that is until the next time we need it.
Senator Mitch McConnell wasted no time to get out in front of this. While he pledges to do what he can to repeal Obamacare, he tells us that it will be really, really hard.
“If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I’d say the odds are still on your side,” McConnell said. “Because it’s a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place.”
Isn’t that against the mantra? Well yes, but it is actually the truth.
Now the Republicans in the House of Representatives came out this week with their news. Remember, that’s the House that the “more Republicans” gained control of and pledged to do everything in their power to repeal or defund Obamacare. What good news did they have? Surely it must be a step in the right direction! They promised, and after all, they do control the purse strings.
Well, the Speaker and the “Young Guns” have decided that they will do absolutely nothing to defund Obamacare when the current appropriation legislation runs out on September 30th. They have decided that it would be better to not only rescind the promises that got them in office to defund it, they actually would make no attempts to cut funding in any way. They could easily take steps to pass appropriation legislation that would prevent a complete shutdown of government. They could pass legislation that would continue veterans benefits, social security benefits and the other entitlement programs that are crippling our country. But that’s a discussion for another day.
Let’s say that the “even more Republicans” decided to take a stand like they promised. Forget the mantra for a second and follow me here. Let’s take all the expenditures for the next fiscal year that are supposed to go towards Obamacare and put them in their own package. Then let’s take a look at funding the absolutely necessary items to keep everyone from losing their houses or their jobs until we hopefully can submit a budget next year. We’ll pass what we need to and set the Obamacare expenditure package aside. No appropriations for Obamacare will be passed in the next fiscal year’s budget.
What would that do? Wouldn’t that hurt in an election year? What do I care? It is the right thing to do. Force Obama and Reid to take to the microphones and explain to the American people that Chief Justice Roberts proclaimed the ACA constitutional and that while he called it a tax, they still call it a penalty. Let them run ads and a couple more unscripted television appearances with Obama defending this unconstitutional law of his design that gives control of 1/6th of our economy, the rationing that is already starting, the loss of thousands of jobs and the crippling of the best health care system in the world.
Let them do it. A show down before the election about health care instead of the same old platitudes about each one caring more and knowing more. I want to see it. I think it will work, and we may not have to break out the old mantra. But you know what, even though 127 “More Republicans” signed a letter to Boehner and Cantor urging them not to bring any legislation to the floor that funds the implementation of Obamacare:
They will not, because “even more Republicans” has never worked and that mantra is dead.