Posts Tagged ‘suspend’

Shutting Down The Government To Deal With The ObamaCare Train Wreck: A Couple Of Alternatives For The GOP

August 14, 2013

We’re seeing another train wreck coming out of the ObamaCare train wreck – and this one would get blamed on Republicans in a highly partisan media.

This second train wreck, of course, would be the Republicans using the upcoming budget battle to “de-fund” ObamaCare.  Obama wouldn’t allow his “accomplishment” to be so de-funded, and so as a result of the impasse, the government would shut down.  And Obama, as the executive, would intentionally make that shut-down as painful and frankly as idiotic as he possibly could.  He’s already done that once as a result of the sequester (which was famously HIS idea), so you know he’d follow his own script.  Just as you can know that the media would frame the “narrative” the way Obama would most want them to frame it.

That’s just not a good scenario for the GOP.

The American people hate ObamaCare.  The polls are clear.  But the American people also understand that two wrongs (wrong 1= ObamaCare and wrong 2 = shutting down the government) don’t make a right.  That fact, along with the fact that the media is every bit as biased in America today as it was biased in Nazi Germany under Joseph Goebbels’ Ministry of Propaganda and as it was biased in the U.S.S.R. under Joseph Stalin’s TASS, pretty much means that the GOP would lose this argument much the way they lost when they resorted to shutting down the government in the 90s when Slick Willy was president.

But at the same time, ObamaCare is not merely a train wreck; it is evil.  It will hurt millions of Americans and it will crush the US economy.

So what do you do?

I’ve thought of two alternatives:

Alternative 1 would be to force the Supreme Court to intervene directly.  The House has that power simply by forcing the Supreme Court to decide whether Obama has the right to arbitrarily suspend parts of the law that don’t benefit him politically even as he imposes parts of the law that does benefit him politically.

We’ve already seen that Barack Obama is the most lawless president in American history.  He ignored DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by both branches of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton.  Obama dictated that he stood above the law and had the power as a dictator to suspend it/abrogate it.  We’ve already seen this abrogation of the law in illegal immigration, when Obama imposed the law by fiat over Congress when only CONGRESS has the right and authority to make laws.

I submit that the House Republicans bring ObamaCare – as arbitrarily suspended by Obama for sheer political convenience – before the Supreme Court and FORCE them to make a black and white ruling: does a president have the right to impose the law as HE sees fit rather than as it was passed by Congress.  Does the president have the right to suspend the law of the land???

And if the Supreme Court won’t rule, THEN the GOP can and should shut down the government.  Because our system of government has completely collapsed and we are in a genuine constitutional crisis.

As we speak, Obama has given a thousand waivers to his special interest groups.  He has suspended the law for big businesses (that could raise a huge political stink) while dogmatically refusing to give the rest of us the same break that he’s giving his crony capitalist pals.  Regardless of the costs of doing so in an age where Democrat Party politics trump all else.  Obama “fundamentally transformed” the ObamaCare financial requirements into a mockery by turning it into a “word of honor” system by which thousands if not millions of Americans can cheat in order to implement this monster regardless of costs.  Obama gave Congress a special waiver so the politicians and their staffs won’t have to eat the same cooking that they forced every other American to eat.

And the waivers and suspensions to suit Obama’s political interests keep coming.  Other liberals and liberal groups are demanding their OWN special exemptions and waivers and suspensions.  Because they are fascists who ultimately don’t think that liberals ought to eat the crap they cooked for the masses to eat.

None of this crap is in any way, shape or form constitutional.  Obama is a lawbreaker who breaks even HIS OWN STUPID LAWS.

The Republican Party – if they want to shut the government down – ought to shut it down over that.  Make the fight over the Supreme Court kicking the can down the road while our Constitution gets pissed on by a fascist president.

But there’s another way that the Republicans could effectively shut down ObamaCare without directly shutting down the government.

Here’s my idea on that: fund ObamaCare to the penny to what Obama and Harry Reid promised the American people it would cost.

Obama promised his health care takeover wouldn’t cost more than $940 billion over ten years.  In Obama’s precise words, he said:

“Now, add it all up, and the plan that I’m proposing will cost around $900  billion over 10 years.”

He lied.  First we found out it would cost twice as much, then oops, did we say twice as much?  We meant three times as much.  And that is going to skyrocket up and up and up as all these waivers take their toll.  Because it was all the crap that Obama abrogated and suspended that would have done a damn thing to hold the costs down as all those liberals who were supposed to pay into the system won’t have to pay into that system now.  Which will cause the deficit to skyrocket, of course.

So here’s what Republicans can do: they can fund ObamaCare with what Obama PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IT WOULD COST, AND NOT ONE PENNY MORE.

They can fund ObamaCare with $90 billion.  And make the argument over whether a president should have the right to look the American people in the eye and lie to them and be rewarded for that or not.  And literally BEG Obama to shut down the government because he thinks he should be able to lie to the American people with impunity.

Anyway, that’s my two cents worth.

McCain Right, Obama Wrong On Suspending Campaign To Lead In Washington

September 25, 2008

John McCain said that the crisis in Washington demanded unity, and called upon Barack Obama to join him in suspending the campaign and using his influence over Democrats to help solve the financial crisis.

Obama snootily said that he could multitask, and that he could engage in bitter and cynical partisan political attacks, and help unify the country behind an essential economic plan, at the same time.

McCain was right; Obama was wrong.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proved just how bitterly partisan and demagogic Democrats are determined to be by first claiming that John McCain’s personal leadership was essential, and then claiming it was irrelevant.

President Bush has announced a crisis summit to address the financial meltdown.  Barack Obama is presumably going to attend, which means that Obama is going to do what John McCain suggested he do in the first place.

If John McCain can rally Republicans to agree to a solution to the financial crisis, he will be able to claim victory and credit.  Barack Obama will be able to claim that he was there (albeit against his will and against his desire to place politics first) too.

McCain Suspends Campaign To Lead In Economic Crisis; Democrats Pandering

September 24, 2008

John McCain announced that he would suspend his campaign – including all advertising and the upcoming debate – in order to focus on providing leadership in addressing the financial crisis.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement:

This is a critical time for our country. While I appreciate that both candidates have signaled their willingness to help, Congress and the Administration have a process in place to reach a solution to this unprecedented financial crisis.

I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Senator Obama’s suggestion. But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op.

If there were ever a time for both candidates to hold a debate before the American people about this serious challenge, it is now.

The only problem with this is that it completely flies in the face of what he said only yesterday:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is watching Republicans in both chambers, one after another, criticize the Wall Street bailout, but he says he’s not going to let them off the hook by passing the bill and letting the GOP cast soft “no” votes against the plan.

“This is a Republican proposal, and we need some Republican votes,” to help it pass. “At this stage we [Democrats] are working with ourselves.”

Reid went on to say in the same statement:

“We now need Republicans to stand up,” Reid said. “We need the Republican nominee for president to say what he’s for.”

So, anyone who thinks that Democrats aren’t completely full of crap, and determined to use whatever side of any issue to posture and pander and demagogue – no matter how dangerous it is to the nation’s well being – explain Harry Reid’s complete hypocritical turnabout to me.

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims that he isn’t seeing enough Republican action on the Paulson financial bailout plan.  Yesterday Reid claims that we need the Republican nominee – and that’s John McCain by the way – to step up and say what he’s for.  Reid demands that of McCain even though Barack Obama hasn’t bothered to say what he’s for.

So John McCain suspends his campaign to return to Washington and put his leadership in the Republican Party – and his very political future – on the line to become personally involved in the economic situation in order to break the impasse and reach a compromise deal that is best for the American people.

And immediately following his announcement to do so, Reid suddenly says McCain’s involvement is unnecessary.

If any thinking person had any doubt that the Democratic leadership – and that includes Barack Obama, who is planning to keep launching divisive attacks when we need to come together fast, keep fundraising in the midst of economic crisis, keep playing the same old politics – is not above cynically manipulating a crisis, it ought to be clear now.

Democrats are trying to present John McCain’s suspending his campaign in order to return to Washington to lead the Republican effort to produce a bipartisan plan as nothing more than a desperate political act.  But please don’t forget that this isn’t the first time John McCain was willing to suspend his political campaign in the face of a national crisis: he did so during the Republican Convention as Hurrican Gustav was bearing down on the Gulf Coast.