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Monday, September 23, 2013

Defunding Obamacare More Important Than Who Becomes Next President

Here's the Nonsense:  It's no big deal if Obamacare gets funded and implemented.  It's far more important right now for us to work on who will be the next president.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The fight to defund Obamacare may be the single most important battle fought in our lifetimes.  No matter how important people think the next presidential election may be, it pales in comparison to the impact of Obamacare if we don't stop it.

The fight to defund Obamacare is critical for America's future.  Former Senator Jim DeMint was interviewed by Lou Dobbs this weekend and said that the defunding of Obamacare is more important than who wins the next election.  MORE IMPORTANT!  That's how much damage that Obamacare will do to America.  What he's saying is that we'd be better off with another Democrat as president than to have Obamacare be funded and move forward.  Yet even with that level of importance, both the Democrats and the GOP establishment are still fighting to keep it funded and allow it to devastate America.

When the House voted last week to pass the Continuing Resolution to fund the government, but to defund Obamacare, President Obama practically went berserk.  The Washington Post reported how angry he was.  He showed great anger and immaturity when saying the GOP was trying to mess with him.  His reaction to the idea that someone would challenge his signature law, the [UN]Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), makes me think his messiah complex was going to melt down.  

As usual, Democrats lined up to back him and attack the GOP, but that's nothing new.  They always do that and don't mind using any means necessary, including deception, to achieve their goals.  But the real issue that voters should be watching is the attacks on Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, who have spearheaded the efforts in the Senate and with Americans to defund this monstrosity of a law.  The attacks of the establishment GOP on those Republicans who want to get rid of Obamacare are far worse than anything the Democrats are putting forth right now.  And this should be noted by voters so that they can hold them accountable in the 2014 mid-term elections.

On Sunday morning Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, was a guest on Washington, D.C.'s Fox 5 prior to his own show for the Fox News Channel.  On that show, referring to Senator Ted Cruz, he said, "I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own members."  Yes, the Democrats are certainly using their usual deceptions to try to color the story for Americans, but then again, that's right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook that they've been using for some time so we shouldn't be surprised.  But the real news is that the GOP establishment doesn't like it that some politicians in their midst, such politicians as Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, are actually listening to the American public and pushing for defunding of Obamacare.  Obama claiming the GOP is trying to mess with him is just his ego screaming that he's offended that someone would dare question him.  But those standing for the majority of Americans are the ones who are truly being messed with by everyone in D. C. who doesn't agree with them.

Until just days ago there was no plan for the House GOP leadership to support defunding of Obamacare.  Under the guise of wanting to avoid a government shutdown (more on the stupidity of that view in a minute), House leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy were standing strong to stop House members who agreed with Cruz and Lee that the American public should be listened to and every effort should be made to stop Obamacare by defunding it.  But public pressure in the form of over 1.6 million Americans signing Lee's petition to stop Obamacare and thousands of calls to congressional offices caused GOP leadership to rethink their position.  With elections coming up next year the politicians are concerned that the voters might remember if they don't listen to them.  The result was the GOP leadership backing down and conservatives getting a united effort in the House which passed a bill to continue funding the government but to also leave out all funding for Obamacare.  This makes the entire battle about Obamacare and nothing else.

But Fox News was playing the Washington game and reported that "anonymous sources" are telling them how the GOP leadership are against trying to defund the law and making attacks on Cruz.  Thankfully Sarah "Mama Grizzly" Palin spoke up and tweeted to Fox News Sunday, "Keep it TRULY fair and balanced.  Release the GOP names encouraging you to trash @SenTedCruz.  No more anonymous sources."  That's the kind of reporting that Americans need.  Reporting that gives us true facts and information so that we, the citizens, have the information we need as we head towards the next elections.

UPDATE:  Breitbart is reporting that a senior staff member in the Senate has said of Minority Senate Leader Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator John Cornyn, “To be clear, nobody is fighting harder to make sure Obamacare is funded than Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn.”  The establishment GOP will do everything they can to make sure the will of the American people is not supported.

The GOP establishment fears a government shutdown.  They are afraid that it will hurt them in the next elections.  The Democrats play on that and President Obama along with Democrat leaders continually try to paint a picture that the GOP wants to shut down the government.  They do this not so much to scare the public, but to intimidate the GOP.  And the GOP leadership are so spineless that they are easily intimidated and end up falling for it.

Let's get some information straight about a government shutdown.  We continually hear that the shutdown that occurred in 1995 was damaging to the GOP.  And they cite the resignation of then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as proof.  But that's not an accurate portrayal of what happened.  The facts tell us quite a different story.  

In 1995 the government was shut down but the result was that the GOP held their control of the House in the 1996 elections.  Yes, Newt Gingrich did resign, but he was under such pressure from attacks by the Democrats and the media because of the successes he'd had with the House that they were going to find a way to get rid of him no matter what.  It was not directly due to the government shutdown.  The reality of the situation is that the American public saw the Republicans take a stand and supported it.  The shutdown did not affect a large portion of the government then and it wouldn't now.  

In 1995 18% of government employees were furloughed, while 82% were not.  All essential services continued, as they would under a current shutdown.  Social Security checks were sent then and would still be sent now.  Medicare would function, the military would function to defend our nation, any and every thing that is considered essential would continue.  This is just a scare tactic that the Democrats have learned to use effectively against the weasels in the GOP establishment.  In fact, federal law requires them to keep essential services running and it was confirmed by the Department of Justice in 2011.  For a very complete description of what would happen you should read a great article that the Heritage Foundation has put out on the subject.  Click here to read it.

The powerful people in Washington, in both parties, don't want to see Obamacare go away.  It gives them huge control over the American people.  They want less freedom for Americans and more control for themselves.  It's time Americans see through this kind of nonsense and demand accountability.  Accountability comes at the voting booth.  It's time to take note of what your senators and representatives have been doing to support your freedoms and, if they haven't been what they need to be, it's time to find others to replace them.

As Jim DeMint said, what happens with Obamacare is more important than who wins the next election.  Think about that.  Then do something about it.