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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GOP House Leadership Plans To Fund Obamacare Implementation

Here’s the Nonsense:  The House has already voted numerous times to defund Obamacare.  They’ve made their stand on the issue and now should just get along to make the government run smoothly.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  If the GOP is to defeat Obamacare it must be defunded and repealed.  This can only happen if they will take a stand and never back down.  They must be true leaders to stop Obamacare and turn this country around.

We have another opportunity to stand against Obamacare and the GOP House leadership plans to drop the ball.  Yes, the GOP has vowed to repeal Obamacare. And yet now, as the money to operate the government is running out and action will need to be taken before Sept. 30th to continue its operation, they are talking of going along to get along.  This will automatically fund implementation of Obamacare.  The GOP House leadership, in its typical spineless manner, has no intention of adding provisions to the legislation that will keep Obamacare from being funded, thereby strengthening the foothold of the legislation and violating the religious conscience of many Americans.  In addition to electing a new president in November, it is critical that many members of the House and Senate be replaced.

This week Elizabeth Harrington and Jon Street of reported that the GOP House leadership intended to fund the implementation of Obamacare.  They wrote: 

When asked whether the House Republicans would permit or not permit funding for Obamacare in whatever legislation is enacted to fund the government after Sept. 30--when the current funding legislation runs out--House Speaker John Boehner responded that "our goal would be to make sure the government is funded," thus indicating that House Republicans do plan to fund implementation of Obamacare past Sept. 30.

So as usual, the wishy-washy GOP leadership’s version of taking a hard line is to go along to get along.  Here they have a perfect opportunity to win more voters for the November elections and they are too afraid to do it.  Polls have shown that 2/3 of Americans do not want Obamacare.  They can make this legislation to fund government beyond September 30th a battleground to win voters by standing on principle.  They can demand that any funding that is approved will not allow funding for Obamacare.  By doing so they will cause a stir in Washington about letting the government shut down.  However, the majority of Americans are opposed to Obamacare and by taking this stand they will attract some undecided voters over to their party.  Nothing is more attractive than someone who stands for principle.  And this is a principle that most Americans would embrace because they agree with it.

Of course the GOP won’t do this.  Many of them are so scared that they might upset someone that they will compromise to keep the government running.  They are too afraid of being accused of shutting down the government.  This is not leadership.  These are not the kind of people we need to turn this nation around. 

In my new book, No Tomorrows: How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I show how to choose true leaders.  True leaders are the kind of leaders that stand on principle regardless of the cost.  This is sorely missing in our government.

Remember last August when the House voted to increase the debt limit?  Had they not increased the debt limit we would have been well on our way to solving one of the nation’s core problems.  That problem is our debt.  Our entire economy, jobs, and our financial well-being are all tied to our debt.  And the House controls the spending. If they don’t approve it the government is stuck.  All spending must go through the House or money cannot be spent.  It was an opportunity to exercise their clout and get spending under control.

So what happened last August?  The House voted to increase the debt ceiling and continued business as usual.  269 House members voted to support the debt ceiling increase while only 161 voted against it (3 didn’t vote on the bill).  In that vote 174 Republicans voted for the bill and only 66 voted against.  Click here to see more details on the vote breakdown including which members voted for and against the bill. 

Only about 1/3 of Republican House members had the spine to hold their ground and stand against this bill.  The rest voted for business as usual with more debt and more enslavement of the American people.

So why should we expect the GOP to be any different now?  Yes, the GOP could put in a special provision in the bill to continue funding the government, but Boehner himself has said that that would be unusual.  He defends not taking a stand against Obamacare by saying that they’ve already voted separately 33 times to defund Obamacare.  So he thinks that that should send a clear enough message. 

I’ve got news for Mr. Boehner.  When you stand firm it means you never budge.  Not once.  But Boehner doesn’t understand that.  He’s the king of compromise, which to him that means that he will do it the way the Democrats want.  And when it’s over he’ll say his usual, “When you do the right things for the right reasons, the right things happen.”  I think I’ll personally throw up the next time I hear that one.  It’s Boehner’s version of positive thinking and it’s nonsense.  He might as well go walk on some hot coals at a Tony Robbins meeting while he’s at it. 

Remember, too, that even if you agree with the GOP leadership logic to just keep things going and not make a wave, if they allow the funding of Obamacare implementation in the continuing resolution they will be imposing severe religious discrimination against many Americans of faith.  August 1st the part of Obamacare that has the sterilization-contraceptives-abortifacient regulation goes into effect.  This puts many people of faith in precarious circumstances as our own government violates their religious freedom. 

When asked about this issue Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy had a very disconcerting response.  Harrington and Street wrote: started to follow-up with the question, “So, if it comes down to either the government shutting down or you funding, the House Republicans funding Obamacare –”
McCarthy then said, “I don’t think you’re going to find any members here who are going to shut down the government.”

In other words, they don’t care and are going to allow it to happen.  What kind of leadership is this?  Okay, I’ll answer the question.  The answer is that it isn’t leadership.  It’s pathetic, spineless people cowering in fear.

And yet 127 Republican House members signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying, “[W]e urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity. We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare-implementation funds.”

So we even have a larger number of Republicans standing against Obamacare funding than stood against raising the debt ceiling. 

In No Tomorrows when I talk about understanding what a true leader is and then discuss the need for us to work hard to get those kinds of people into elected office.  If we had true leaders in office a problem like the funding of Obamacare would not even be happening.

The election in November is about so much more than the presidency.  It is also about the House and Senate.  It is very important that we get the best people available into office.  In some cases we may not have the best choices, but we still need to make the better choice and start to realign our government with better people.  Then, over time, we will begin to get more and more true leaders in office and they will turn our country around.  Don’t take the elections lightly.  Your future, your children’s future, and your grandchildren’s future depend on it.