Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Drive to Defund Obama Care by Shutting Down the Federal Government is Leaking Oil

Extremist GOP members including a number of our local congressional representatives are getting left high and dry with their stupid idea to shut down the federal government if someone doesn't stop Obama-care. A recent National Journal article describes how many smart Republican office holders and even some Tea-Baggers have realized how dumb it is to try to shutdown the federal government to force a law duly passed by Congress and signed by the President to not be implemented... as law requires.

Amazingly, our new U.S. senator, Ted Cruz, promoting this crazy "strategy" as part of his, get this, presidential campaign. After a full seven months in office, Ted thinks he has the right stuff , with a wild-eyed look and red-meat ambition to appeal to the knuckle-dragging far right.

What do they GOP folks who may actually represent their constituents say?

"I think it's the dumbest idea I've ever heard of," Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said late last month. "Listen, as long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be law."

"Next to impossible," said one tea-party favorite, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., last week.

Even Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has signed onto the defunding push, questioned whether it would actually work. "I may not be able to guarantee victory," Paul told Sean Hannity last week on Fox News.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reached out to the conservative National Review last week to proclaim that "no one is advocating a government shutdown...To get 60 votes in the Senate, you need at least 14 Democrats to join Republicans and pass a [measure] that defunds Obamacare," Cantor said. "Right now, I am not aware of a single Democrat in the Senate who would join us. If and when defunding has 60 votes in the Senate, we will absolutely deliver more than 218 votes in the House."

Ever wonder why Texas has so few friends in the halls of Congress and the White House? If you do, take a minute or two and look at the crazy-right positions Ted Cruz and local Congressional Reps Randy Weber and Steve Stockman take. Even though shutting down the federal government would shutter NASA, these local politicians just don't care...

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