No more excuses

Less than a year and a half ago, the entire Republican membership of Congress voted to send a bill to President Obama that would have repealed Obamacare.

But that was just for consumption by the rubes back in their home districts.  Clearly, the president wasn’t about to agree to dismantling his namesake health care takeover plan.

That the Republican party isn’t truly serious about seeking smaller government should be apparent to everyone.  They control both houses of Congress, and work with a President who committed himself to getting rid of the misnamed “Affordable Care Act.”

So why won’t they send the same bill to the new occupant of the Oval Office?

Because they know he’d sign it.  Then they’re not just posturing for the constituents, they’re actually removing an ill-conceived government program riddled equally with incompetence and opportunities for political theft and graft.

This is why I stopped identifying as “Republican” close to a dozen years ago.

It’s time to call their bluff.  Everyone who believes the Supreme Court was insane to rule this health care law constitutional, everyone who wants to see health care costs fall instead of rise, everyone who believes the free market, not the bureaucrats best meets our individual needs, simply MUST contact their representatives and demand they resubmit the previous bill.

No more stalling while “a draft” is written.  There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Paul Ryan – your membership in the Deep State is showing.  You best realize the election of Trump was a symptom of patience becoming exhausted.

Congress is acting in direct opposition to the mandate expressed in November’s election. So here’s the deal, Congress:

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

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Admitting the Republic is dead

UPDATE: I’m not the only one who had this reaction, apparently.

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Still think electing Republicans is the answer to the nation’s ills?

Washington Republicans on Sunday restated their argument that President Obama has violated the Constitution by using executive orders to alter the Affordable Care Act, but acknowledged they likely have no recourse or ability to stop another incident. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told “Fox News Sunday” that congressional Republicans think the president abused the government’s separation of powers by using the executive orders to sidestep Congress and delay the law’s employer mandate. However, he said critics would have a tough time winning in court because Congress lacks the so-called “legal standing” to present the case and they would have a “tough time” finding somebody hurt enough by the delays to be a good plaintiff.

Garbage.  It’s not just about the so-called ‘Affordable’ Care Act.  The pattern of this president is to act only on laws he likes — this should be sufficient to remove him from office for failure to ‘faithfully execute the laws.’  The president’s supporters like to point out he has issued fewer executive orders than, say, Carter or Reagan.  But those presidents’ orders were not of a nature to overturn or override properly passed legislation from Congress.  Executive orders are meant to position that branch to carry out the laws passed by Congress.  For all of Obama’s tantrums that the Affordable Care Act is “the law of the land, deal with it,” he hasn’t hesitated to amend or forego any part of the ACA that has proven inconvenient.  And kicking most of the mandates down the road to 2016?  Nah, that couldn’t be politically motivated, could it? This is a fatal violation of the separation of powers.

That Congress is unwilling to do more than mildly complain provides conclusive proof we no longer operate under the Constitution.  This doesn’t require being slow-rolled by the judiciary.  Congress is given the power to remove the executive for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’  If claiming the power to shape the law to his personal liking doesn’t fall into that category, I don’t know what does!  We are supposed to be governed by Congress — the representation of the people — whose laws are administered — not created — by the Executive.  This ‘well, what can you do?’ attitude from Congress places the nation under the reign of the executive.  I hate to say it, but one of the main reasons Republicans aren’t doing more to call the administration to account is that they can’t wait until it’s “their turn” to exercise similar boundless power. …Which just means they are no more worthy of office than the president they like to flap their toothless gums about.

NO INCUMBENTS, PLEASE for 2014/2016.  Bonus: elect only those willing to vote for impeachment of the President for failure to carry out his Constitutional duties.  The fact that includes (among many other examples) failing to enforce the ACA — his ‘signature legislation’ — as written just makes it all the more ironic.  He wanted it… he just didn’t like what it did to his popularity once he got it!