They say politics is the art of the possible, but the GOP's attempt to defund ObamaCare is impossible. They simply don't have the votes. They don't have the power to do it. ObamaCare is going into effect, whether America likes it or not. I don't like it, but that's the way it is. The end.
Therefore, what we have going on regarding passage of the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government is pure political theater. The Republican-led House passed a CR that omitted the funding of ObamaCare. Cute, but merely symbolic. Then the Democrat-led Senate passed a CR that added ObamaCare funding back in. Take that, GOP. The GOP produced a list of demands they wanted in order to approve the coming debt ceiling increase, everything from approval of the Keystone pipeline to rolling back Dodd-Frank. Counterpunch. Obama said he won't negotiate. Stalemate. Impasse...and now it's ON. Cue the hyper-partisan rhetoric and screaming teevee talking heads. Partisan clowns are calling other partisan clowns "terrorists", "hostage takers", etc. What a ridiculous, overblown spectacle.
In the end, a CR will be passed, and the debt ceiling will be raised. How do I know this ? Because...there IS no other choice in these matters. Shutting down the government for a prolonged period and not paying America's bills is not an option. Obama is correct about that much, even if his CR speech yesterday couldn't have been more hypocritical. As we all remember, Senator Obama voted to shut down the government and not pay America's bills when the President's name was Bush, but now he thinks such a course is the worst thing evah. A veritable crime against humanity, yes indeed. Gimme a break already. The guy is as transparent as plastic wrap.
Putting aside all the ludicrous "terrorist" rhetoric, what is really going on here is an attempt by the GOP to gain some (or any) concessions. These CR and debt ceiling votes are the only leverage they have. I suspect if the GOP gets any crumb thrown their way, such as a one-year delay in the ObamaCare individual mandate, they will declare victory, breath a big sigh of relief, and move on to the next battle. Thus far, President Obama has given them nothing. This isn't terrorism. It isn't extremism. It isn't hostage-taking. It isn't a ransom. It's called BARGAINING, and it's been going on in Washington D.C. ever since there was a thing called government. It's what happens when there is a divided government.
A compromise solution is in order.
The GOP should drop it's quixotic impossible dream for now and forget about defunding ObamaCare. If they want to do that, they're going to have to win more elections in the future. The Tea Party can stomp it's feet all day, but in the end you need the votes.
In return, Obama should give the GOP something instead of trying to steamroll over their every last demand. A one-year delay in the individual mandate, to go along with the one-year delay in the business mandate, would be a good compromise. Or acquiesce to a few other demands. I've heard many Democrats reminisce fondly about how President Reagan worked out bipartisan compromises with Tip O'Neil, but what I'm hearing from the Obama administration and it's minions is "you're an economic terrorist", and a refusal to negotiate. That is not helpful. Obama, Reid, and Boehner should sit down in a room and work it out. One of those deals where nobody gets everything, but everybody gets something. That is what has happened in the past, and it's really the only way for a divided house to stand. Enough with the 'my way or the highway' stuff.
While I'm on this subject, all of these CR battles could be avoided if the Democrat-led Senate would do it's job and pass a budget more than once every four years. And these debt ceiling battles could be avoided if the Obama administration stepped up to the plate and put forward a balanced budget plan. At the very least, shouldn't we expect our leaders to, you know, LEAD ? That involves confronting our problems, not ignoring them and then looking for a partisan edge when the you-know-what hits the fan.
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