The Dawn Patrol Richard Falknor on 24 Mar 2011 09:30 am
UPDATE! Scroll down to Michael Hammond’s “Where This Is Headed”
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“Untouchable. That’s the treatment being given to the $23.6 billion being spent right now to implement Obamacare.” - - Ernest Istook
Today, Obamacare is one year and one day old.
In spite of all the well-aimed and persuasive arguments against it, in spite of polls showing its unpopularity, and in spite of an historic GOP sweep of the House of Representatives last November 2, Obamacare remains enacted and surprisingly well funded.
The House GOP leadership reportedly suffers from “Shutdown Syndrome” meaning that they have an exaggerated fear of being blamed should the Federal government go into a shutdown (more accurately a slowdown) mode as a result of these negotiations.
This could, of course, happen if the House exercises its own “veto” in the final CR by insisting on defunding Obamacare, denying taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, and stopping appropriations for implementing EPA regulations that would effectively destroy many US jobs.
April 8 is the last day of the current Continuing Resolution (CR) paying the Federal bills. The next CR will be for the balance of this fiscal year ending on September 30.
The Political Perils of House GOP Failure
What will be the consequences of the House GOP leadership staying on their apparent course of negotiating a ‘policy-lite’ deal with the Obama Administration on the final CR – - a deal omitting those pesky “policy riders” we listed above like defunding Obamacare? The GOP leadership would, of course, justify such a dubious bargain as a “down payment” on cutting the deficit.
- The House GOP leadership will appear weak; the Party will appear less worth worth fighting for; and president Obama stronger – - a much more viable candidate for 2012.
- The House GOP leadership will have told the Tea Partyers and the conservative grass roots that all their work has been for nothing. In effect, they will be saying “go play in the street,” we know better than you how to govern and “to lead.”
- The House GOP leadership will further highlight the schism between the GOP Establishment and conservatives jeopardizing the GOP 2012 presidential campaign to say nothing of the current GOP House majority.
This is not just about faulty Obama programs or spending much too much – - serious as those matters are.
Stopping Obamacare is a foundational freedom issue for the Republic. As Mark Steyn points out – -
“[T]he governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible. . . . . The result is a kind of two-party one-party state: Right-of-center parties will once in a while be in office, but never in power, merely presiding over vast left-wing bureaucracies that cruise on regardless. Republicans seem to have difficulty grasping this basic dynamic.“ (Underscoring Forum’s.)
Even if Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team keep seeking a weak (no-policy-riders) accommodation with the Obama Administration on the final FY 2011 Continuing Resolution, the Administration may still maneuver the GOP negotiators into a shutdown just by the Administration agreeing to too few budget cuts.
Continuing on their current path, the House GOP leadership will certainly project weakness, and worse, betray all those who labored at the grass roots over the last two years against president Obama’s efforts to “transform” America into a quite different nation.
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UPDATE MARCH 24! Michael Hammond’s “Where This Is Headed” (RedState) explains:
“Let’s review the bidding:
- Many conservative groups have pushed for -– at the very least -– Republican opposition to any short-or long-term spending bill that does not defund ObamaCare.
- The Republican leadership balks because they do not want to get the blame for shutting down the government -– which would be shut down for the sole reason that Barack Obama refuses to sign a bill to keep it open, if the price for him is defunding the ObamaCare program which independent voters hate.
- The Republican leadership also fears ads about cute children who starved to death because of a government shutdown –- but, of course, that can be averted by legislation to keep attractive programs open in lieu of a funding or debt limit bill.
- Finally, the Republican leadership fears the damage to the economy –- again, a slowdown of the recovery during Barack Obama’s watch for the sole reason that Obama would rather crash the economy than defund ObamaCare. (From a Republican perspective, that’s called having all 52 cards in your hand.)”