Today, thousands of Tea Party Patriots will converge on Washington D.C., to again demand that Congress defund the Affordable Care Act, aka: Obamacare. GOP leaders remain somewhat aloof on the issue, insisting they do not intend to shut down the government over any defunding proposal. The new insurance exchanges, the most ensconced element of Obamacare, are scheduled to open for enrollment on Oct. 1, the same day government funding would run out under the current continuing resolution. The law’s other major provisions will take effect in January. Therefore, it is widely considered by the Tea Party, as the last chance for us to rid ourselves of this monstrosity before it is too late.
The media attention through August was largely focused on the Syria debate, and the defunding initiative has lost some steam. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and a many other House members and Tea Party leaders, plan to change that today, on the West lawn of the Capitol.
Of course, it just so happens, Obama plans to make a public address to make his case for strikes on Syria, as the protest is happening. It’s curious that longtime peace activists Obama and Kerry, who’ve never met a military intervention they liked, will pick this particular day and time to suddenly become war hawks, expressing the pressing urgency for immediate action in Syria, but that seems to be the case. I happen to believe it’s just an all-to-convenient excuse for them to upstage this rally of Tea Partiers in Washington.
The polls, as usual, depend upon who you listen to. Some have indicated over the past year or two, that most Americans favor defunding Obamacare, but more recent liberal-influenced polls indicate the opposite. Still, the fact remains, all funding and appropriation comes from the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans. In fact, the only reason the Republicans control the House, is the Tea Party movement, who are vociferously insisting Obamacare be defunded now.
It’s not like Republicans have some principled reason for not defunding Obamacare, even Obama himself has unilaterally decided to not implement parts of Obamacare which he felt were not politically expedient. Repeatedly, we’ve heard of this group or that group, being “exempted” from Obamacare, including Congress itself. So why is this such a tough decision for the leadership morons of the GOP?
The consensus seems to be this irrational fear over a potential government shutdown. Well, we’ve shut the government down plenty of times before, it doesn’t mean the end of the world. There have been 11 shutdowns since the 1980s, Reagan used to do it all the time with the veto stamp. There wa a shutdown under George H.W. Bush, until he finally blinked and reneged on his campaign promise of no new taxes. But the most memorable shutdowns were the 21-day and 14-day shutdowns during the Clinton presidency. Now the GOP did lose a whopping 5 seats in Congress following this, but we don’t know if that had anything to do with it or not, we’re simply warned that this wasn’t good for the GOP. It’s a speculation, nothing more. The crucial fact remains, as a result of those two shutdowns, Clinton was forced to reform welfare and commit to a seven-year plan to balance the budget, both of which he parlayed into his most crowning achievements as president, aside from tapping an intern half his age.
Now, McConnell and Boehner seem to be set on this notion that Obamacare will eventually collapse under it’s own weight, and they’ve sent out their cronies like Karl Rove, with his white board, to lecture us on this. However, here’s the thing, legislation which implements social entitlement programs, has never collapsed under it’s own weight. These programs suddenly become “too big to fail” in the eyes of Congress, which is exactly the reason Nancy Pelosi had no hesitation in ramming this thing through at midnight, through every hook and crook she could come up with. The whole cabal of Obamacare proponents, knew that if they could ever get this thing enacted into law, it was a done deal. So how is it going to suddenly “collapse under it’s own weight?” Especially when so-called conservative Republicans are lining up to fund it and let it be fully implemented? I don’t get that.
In 2010, the Tea Party movement sent a significant contingent of new Senators and Representatives to Washington, as well as winning over 600 statehouse seats across the nation, turning state legislatures Republican for the first time since Reconstruction, in some cases. This is not some wimpy little minority group of extremists who have no political teeth. They are very much, a viable political force, and their voice will be heard. A political price will be paid for those who choose to sit on their hands now, and not make all conceivable efforts to exempt EVERY American from Obamacare.