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and a half ago, the entire Republican membership of Congress voted to send a bill to President Obama that would have repealed Obamacare.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

A prime example

…of why I ceased supporting the GOP several years ago (2004 was the final break, to be exact).  As an organized political force, they are no better for America than the Democrats.  In fact, they are often worse because they still try to hide behind the facade of standing for something different.  Case in point (and remember, this man was the GOP vice-presidential nominee in 2012):

Chief Obamatrade proponent House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during Congressional testimony on Wednesday evening that despite tons of claims from him and other Obamatrade supporters to the contrary, the process is highly secretive.

He also made a gaffe in his House Rules Committee testimony on par with former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push to pass Obamacare, in which she infamously said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” Ryan said of Obamatrade in Rules Committee testimony on Wednesday during questioning from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

In other words, let your betters in D.C. decide your future, and then you get to find out what it is.  What, you thought the people still had a say in the laws that govern their lives?

Still think we live in a functioning representative republic?  Among the many provisions I’d like to see in an America 2.0 (which I’ll get around to compiling one of these days) is a minimum 45-day public posting of ANY legislation before Congress votes on it.  If they can’t be bothered to read stuff before passing it, at least let the citizens who give a &^%$ do it.  Waiting until another election to express your displeasure at bad legislation doesn’t work anymore.  Best to make them feel the heat BEFORE they sign us up to bad laws and worse policy.  Like the bailouts.  Or the “Freedom Act.”  Or Obamacare.  Or this…