Timid Republican dogs that haven’t barked since their 2010 landslide must seek a mandate for 2014 that exhibits conservative concern for the poor and dwindling middle class.
This conservative isn’t losing too much sleep over President Barack Hussein Obama’s latest assault on the Rule of the Law by suspending enforcement of the Obamacare requirement that employers provide health insurance to full-time workers if they employ 50 or more such employees.
We don’t apologize for small favors that might save jobs and prevent further economic suffering from a Chief Executive who defied judicial power with deep-water oil drilling moratoriums and regularly usurps legislative power with Dream and other unilateral Acts. We can get back to a government of laws after our twice-elected Gift from God retires to write his third autobiography.
Now is the time for tea partier and other conservative patriots to exercise all the raw power they can muster even if it is wielded from a Speaker John Boehner-described, mere one-half of one-third of government base. This DeVine’s Right gamecock doesn’t lightly suggest the playing of government-shutdown games of chicken, especially when connected to a debt ceiling extension that can easily be exploited by the Democrat media to paint Republicans as threatening the full faith and credit of the United States. But a number of factors have combined to make repeal of Obamacare a proper vehicle for a constitutional exercise of the House of Representative’s Article I-power of the purse to counter a lawless Executive and his irresponsible Senate Democrat sycophants.
- Except for mandates that require insurers to cover pre-existing conditions and adult “children”, Obamacare has been wildly unpopular from its Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid-initiated, lawless inception, and remains so.
- The employer mandate is widely seen as preventing the creation of new jobs and causing the elimination of full-time jobs or their reduction to part-time.
- The effects of the above mandates are seen as, now, currently betraying the promise that those satisfied with their pre-Obamacare existing private insurance policies would get to keep them; and causing private insurers to cease business operations in California and elsewhere portending the fulfillment of the conservative-predicted intent of the President’s signature legislation to destroy the private health insurance industry writ large, thus ushering in the Democratic Party’s long-wished-for dream of full-blown European-style, single-payer socialized medicine.
- Obama’s tacit admission of the failure of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to neither protect patients nor control costs has shed liberal political blood in the 2014-mid-term election waters that if not acted upon by Republican-sharks could forever cement an establishment/ruling class GOP image of fecklessness that could accelerate the ongoing workforce drop-out rate as potential conservative voters give up on an exceptional American future for the next generation and merely fight for the most Welfare State scraps they can get as they fade into the sunset.
America’s future is at stake now. Conservatives know this, have for years; and that such an epic economic failure as Obama could get re-elected cements the urgency of our current American circumstance. Three more years of an anemic “recovery” unworthy of the name that revels in a 7.6% “official” unemployment rate calculated against an increasingly shrinking pool of labor and available good jobs at good wages, much less career opportunities; could leave little to build upon even if enough Americans got economically re-educated enough to produce the needed 2010-like tea partier landslide needed in 2014, 2016 and beyond to reverse the setbacks to free market capitalism suffered over the past five years if not five decades at the hands of the Regulatory State.
Our Grand Old Party of Lincoln and Reagan, that neither would recognize today, has proven it can lose elections and power while timidly playing its cards close to a Democrat-lite vest. Does anyone think that we can re-take the two-thirds of the government we don’t now control with the same strategy or that such control would carry with it any mandate strong enough to restore America even if we did back into power that way?
I think not, and hope that the voices of Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and the like, are increasingly heeded in the days and months ahead; and that the GOP House issues a debt ceiling-extension gambit conditioned upon a complete suspension or repeal of most, if not all, of Obamacare.
Mike DeVine‘s Right.com
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson