Boehner won’t defund ObamaCare; keeping government running his primary objective
So, you know, fuck us.
National Review [my emphasis]:
The House GOP’s conference call last week turned “ugly,” in the words of one Republican on the call, after Speaker John Boehner announced his intention to pursue a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government, hinting it would not use the bill to pick a fight over the implementation of Obamacare.
Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, one of about a dozen voices who said they were feeling the heat back home, told Boehner to “go back to the drawing board.”
“We hear it in our town halls, we hear it our one-on-one meetings with constituents. We hear it when we’re at county fairs or events we’ve attended during the August recess, of which there are many. And the message all over the country, at least as relayed by members on that phone call, is that this is the overriding issue that is being discussed. Way more than immigration, way more than the debt,” says Representative Cynthia Lummis, who spoke up on the call herself.
Leadership sources say those who spoke up weren’t representative of the entire GOP conference. “We haven’t seen any indication of a broad groundswell,” says a top aide. So far, the division has occurred mainly on the right of the conference, splitting the most hardcore conservatives. In private, many other Republicans are pulling their hair out over the push by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to use the CR as a do-or-die Obamacare fight.
Really? Did those same Republicans who don’t see a groundswell and are unhappy at the TEA Party conservatives for doing what they were elected to do somehow miss the 2010 election, then miss the 2012 Presidential election, where the base failed to pretend they were energized over the Party’s insistence that we nominate the architect of what later became ObamaCare?
In a press release, the Center for Individual Freedom didn’t mince words:
National Review is reporting that “Boehner strongly hinted on a conference call with rank-and-file House Republicans that the upcoming continuing resolution will not be a do-or-die fight over Obamacare spending. ‘Our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution [CR] that keeps the government running…’”
Don’t be fooled by the Washington weasel-speak. Boehner and others are throwing down the gauntlet, essentially saying to rank-and-file House Republicans: Don’t listen to the pesky demands of the American people… move to defund ObamaCare and you won’t just invite Barack Obama’s wrath… YOU’LL INVITE MY WRATH.
Make no mistake, Boehner is trying to herd cats and is issuing veiled threats precisely because the calls and faxes from patriotic Americans are starting to be heard loud-and-clear in Washington… And now that John Boehner has played his hand, we – the American people – must play ours.
Our elected officials must make a choice, and they need to make it now. Let them know that they can either do what House Leadership wants, or they can do what the American people want and DEFUND OBAMACARE.
There is no longer any question about this: failure to defund ObamaCare over fears that Reid and Obama will shut down the government and try to blame it on the GOP, who as House majority can continue to pass resolution after resolution funding all other parts of the government, and even allocating funds supposedly earmarked for ObamaCare implementation back to Medicare, from where much of it was stolen, means that the GOP establishment wants ObamaCare, and it is no more “ObamaCare” than it is “StatistCare.”
When a majority leadership can’t make hay out of flawed law that is being selectively and imperially enforced, and that one of its own sponsors has called a “train wreck” — well, let’s just say that they are either impotent, or that there’s some other reason for their reluctance to upset the status quo.
The ruling class vs. the rest of us.
Gee, remember how I was kicked out of polite company for having the willingness to say this — and to lash out at the “pragmatic” GOP rah rah boys who are now suddenly finding their outrage glands still pump, particularly once they can feel the wind blowing a certain way?
I do. Good times.