After reading an article about a GOP congressman from Maine, in addition to two others from Illinois and New York, I was taken aback.
These sole three Republicans recently voted against repeal of the ACA and are receiving fire and brimstone from the GOP and the conservative establishment. Fortunately, these men could care less if they are disinvited from the pow wows of the loyal and faithful as the penalty. They would rather ask the question, why are we wasting tax payer money and time doing something that has failed in the 50 previous instances where it was attempted? It is as the gentleman from Maine had said, 'insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result'. Boehner said he wanted to get the new GOP congressmen on record as opposing the ACA, as it plays well with their folks back home. Doing the job he is paid for, carving out legislation that he wants to change thru compromise and consensus, goes right over his head. If you want to change things, change them for real, not for show.
I hope the Democrats are not so rigidly lockstep in following their respective playbook. If these are the kinds of games people are playing in Washington, perhaps it is time for a sea change?
So here is my rant for the day!
You lose. It is a rare politician, IMHO, that truly cares about the country and that won't vote lockstep with their bosses in the party. If they don't vote properly, they won't get re-election help from the party, which is a primary reason there are so few of them. That and the power afforded in being a politician.
So, yes it is time (past time) for a sea of change. A completely new congress, one that will run the country rather that play the game.
I wish you were correct, but this congress is no different than any congress. These politicians are no different than any other politician. They will continue to vote as their party wants them to and the partisan bickering will continue. The days of both parties knowing how to compromise seems to be gone forever. I also think there are more important things to get done than repeal ACA. ACA can be better fine tuned, but there are more pressing matters at this time that congress should deal with.
That was the point. Our politicians have degenerated into being nothing but a mouthpiece for their party rather than leaders of the country.
But ACA? The best "fine tuning" in all the world won't make this largest and greatest giveaway anything more than more profits for the insurance companies. Certainly it doesn't provide any actual health care for those that need it. Just insurance with deductibles out of reach for the very people it is supposed to be helping.
Before running for the presidency every Democrat candidate who had been pro-life, at any time, had to drop that position to be considered a viable candidate and receive funding. Bill Clinton, Dick Gephart, Al Gore were all pro-life prior to their presidential aspirations.
Both parties do this, however, since the Republican run House of Representatives has fully funded Obama's agenda, they cannot complain that it is not their agenda, as well. If you bought it you own it and they bought what Obama wanted. They have no one to really blame but themselves. IF they were actually opposed to Obamacare, they could have defunded it with ease.
As for compromise and consensus, when one has a clear majority these are unnecessary to pass legislation the House (and now the Senate.) But what compromise was available with the Democrat Senate, bills passed the House, with bi-partisan support, to die on Harry Ried's desk. What compromise position has the President ever offered. He failed time and again to offer a budget that could get support from his own party in the Senate. If there is a branch that treats the others with contempt, it is the petulant, pouting narcissist-in-chief - THE Executive Branch is one man.
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