Wednesday, August 21, 2013

If GOP Wins on This Issue, then Losing is New Standard

Sen. Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz Working Against Health Care

                                                           Ashamed of GOP Attacks on Health Care

Cruz's rally in Dallas from here, in part:  Cruz held a town hall Tuesday night in Dallas with one message: Defund Obama-care. 
To make sure no one forgot, the mantra  was printed on a banner behind him on stage. The Dallas town hall was one of the nine stops on the Heritage Action’s August Defund Tour - more here about n the GOP's overall campaign to stop Obama-care anyway possible.The freshman senator was introduced by his father, Rafael Cruz, and followed by former GOP senator, now Heritage Foundation President, Jim DeMint and Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham. Cruz has been one of the loudest proponents of a plan to shut down the government in order to defund the Affordable Care Act through a continuing resolution. Cruz minimized the impact of a possible shutdown, explaining that the last time this impasse was reached the result was “a temporary suspension of non-essential federal government spending” with no stoppage to distribution of Social Security checks or military functionality.
Cruz has a few allies mentioned here, too:  
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has turned the losing crusade against health care reform into weird new parlor game. Last week, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah pledged to shut down the government this fall unless President Obama agrees to defund (i.e., kill) the Affordable Care Act. 
The House is always game for high jinx, and Sen. Lee claimed that a growing alliance of U.S. senators —now including Rubio, Cruz, and Rand Paul — was prepared to hold the federal budget hostage, saying. “This is the last stop before Obama-care fully kicks in on January 1 next year for us to refuse to fund it.” 
Of course, Sen. Lee declared that on Fox and Friends last Monday. Note that the GOP always announces its war plans and anti-anything in sight on FOX, the network who claims to be "fair and balanced," when in fact by their actions are anything but (more like unfair and unbalanced). 
There is a small, but perhaps growing bright light in the GOP from some who do not  agree Lee, Cruz, Rubio, and Paul, like these snippets from Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) who called it “the dumbest idea” he’d ever heard. Then on MSNBC, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) denounced it as hostage-taking and a bad negotiating strategy. Even anti-Obama-care stalwart Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) slammed the idea, saying, “I’m getting phone calls from Oklahoma saying, support Mike Lee. I’m ramming right back: Support him in destroying the Republican Party? The strategy that has been laid out is a good way for Republicans to lose the House.”
As I say in the title of this post, if Cruz and his cohorts in this effort "win" then they will have established a new standard, a very, very low standard. But, let's face it, the GOP lately seems to like that standard - they don't have to jump too high to clear that bar.
Stay tuned and do your own research. Thanks for coming by.

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