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Republican party's latest motto - Nothing succeeds like failure
posted at July 27, 2013 12:26 PM EDT
First: October 13, 2012
Last: September 28, 2013
There are Republicans in the U.S. Senate who think it would make sense to force a government shutdown later on this year. Why? Because, say an increasing number of GOP members, including two in the Senate leadership, they’d rather close down the federal government than vote to fund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
There are plenty of Democrats who’d be happy to see it happen. And why would that be? Because of that age-old political dictum: Never stand in the way when your opponent is intent on doing himself harm.
Since Obamacare became law in 2010, Republicans in Congress – and elsewhere – have been looking for some way to see that it is destroyed.
The Republican-led House keeps voting to repeal the measure. Even though the votes – more than three dozen so far – will never, ever be taken up in the Democratic-led Senate. They are a sham, a complete waste of legislative time and energy.
At first, Republicans in Congress had been hoping that the Supreme Court would do the job for them, but the high court ruled that the law was A-OK. Then they pinned their hopes of repeal on last year’s presidential election, figuring, somehow, that Republican Mitt Romney would get elected and overturn an act of Congress, which a president simply cannot do.
Now, an increasing number of Republicans are intent on doing whatever it takes to keep the measure from taking full effect on Jan. 1 by voting against funds for the law.
One question: Is anyone presenting an alternative vision, something to replace Obamacare? No. They just blindly oppose what they’ve been opposing for years now.
“Repeal and replace,” the onetime rallying call of the GOP, has been superseded by “defund and turn our backs.”
Not exactly a credible governing philosophy.