John Boehner and friends at home in the Buckeye State.
From Conn Carroll at the Washington Examiner.
There are three issues heavily weighing President Obama down as he heads into reelection in 2012: 1) the economy; 2) the debt; and 3) Obamacare. The deal Obama is crafting with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, would appear to completely neutralize issues two and three.
According to The New York Times, Boehner is in negotiations with Obama on a long-term debt deal that would include a trigger for an automatic tax hike in exchange for a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate.
This would be a tremendous deal for the White House on both issues. Obamacare is already law. It does not matter if its estimated costs go up now. By losing the mandate now, Obama jettisons the most unpopular part of Obamacare and kills off a potential Supreme Court ruling against the law. Plus Obama would be able to campaign on a bipartisan deal to reduce the debt, thus neutralizing that issue. Meanwhile, nothing would be done to tackle our nation’s real deficit problems: fundamental Medicare reform. Oh, and taxes would be hiked by trillions of dollars, too.
Its obvious why the White House would love every aspect of such a deal. How it helps Boehner, or the nation’s bottom line, is a complete mystery.
The mathematics of sellout is, however, that with enough boneless chickens you get one dead elephant.
What it mostly does is give the weeping boner another chance to show what a spineless obumble-sucking pos he is. Fortunately it appears - at least at this point - that the new-gen in the house isn't as enamoured of doing that as the boner is.
As there is no severability clause in Obamacare, a holding of the individual mandate being unconstitutional eliminates the entire law.
John Boehner and Establishment Republicans are working to protect Obamacare, not eliminate it.
It is kinda like the NRA trying to exterminate the best Second Amendment test case scenario there is, Illinois, by advocating onerous and nefarious HB148, while claiming they are defending the inalienable rights to keep and bear arms.
Many claiming to be on the side of Liberty are really not, and they didn't even stay at a Holiday in last night.
Fee based permission slips for carrying a firearm are no different than those regarding carrying a bible, or a Constitution. They are authorities that a republican form of government can only wish it had because Inalienable rights preclude them from having them.
How did Scalia put it? Oh yeah.
The very enumeration of a right takes out of the hands of government, even the third branch, the power to decide on a case by case basis whether a right is really worth insisting upon.
"The Second Amendment is no different [than the First Amendment]"
If government is to have a spine and it is to rest within the Republican party - then one must be voted into it. We must stop voting for Democrats, wishing for "bipartisan support compromises", and we must stop voting for Republicans who act like Democrats (Cough Mark Kirk's of the world cough). But we cannot vote AGAINST candidates.
We will only get the representation that we vote FOR.
The GOP plays a dual role as a place-holder for conservatism, and a wiping boy for the liberals. They are traitors and enemies, plain and simple.
The modern GOP has really only ever stood for one thing: better-managed socialism. There is no actual sellout - they're pretty open about their actions.
A Mexican peasant makes and sells baskets in the village market to supplement the income he gets from farming. One week he needs a little more cash than usual to make ends meet. He figures if he makes a few extra baskets and gets to the market he can stake out a better spot and get the extra cash he needs. So he gets his donkey up early, loads up the extra baskets, and heads for town. A few miles down the road the donkey gets upset about the early departure and the extra weight and sits down. The peasant starts pulling and pushing the donkey with no result. Time is passing. The best market spots are being taken and the peasant is getting ticked off. He starts hitting, kicking and cursing the donkey, who responds by maintaining a 1000 meter stare. Meanwhile a priest has walked up and watches the commotion. Eventually the priest has seen enough and says "Stop, My son! That is no way to treat your donkey! He wants to please you but only needs some kindness, gentleness and respect!" The peasant says, "Father, I respect you as a man of God. But what the heck do you know about managing Donkeys? Nevermind! If you think you can get him moving I would appreciate the help." The priest looks around and finds a very large stick. He pushes up the sleeves of his robe and gives the donkey a hard overhand whack between the eyes with the stick. The donkey is driven to his knees by the blow. Then the priest whispers in the donkey's ear and the donkey gets up and starts trotting down the road. The peasant starts laughing and says, "Thank you, Father! But what happened to the kindness, gentleness and respect?" The priest responds, "Ah, my son. First you must get their attention!"
Apparently, in November, 2010 we didn't use a big enough stick.
There's Republican's and then there's Republicans. There's the old fashioned Republican's: three piece dark blue pinstriped suit guys with a gold watch chain across the vest. Prescott Bush, any Rockefeller, those guys. They're the ones the press likes to call "reasonable moderates". We like to call them RINO's. That's our mistake. We wish that all Republicans were conservatives. It has never been so and is not so today. Then there's the William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan Republicans. Make no mistake about it, these two groups have no use for each other. The primary contest between Reagan and Bush 41 was as nasty as anythin you're likely to see. The second group is not be as conservative as we'd like, but they're ahead of second place. Like the man said, you don't fight a war with the army you wish you had, you fight a war with the army you have. Unfortunately, Reagan's side has lost the war for control of the party to the Bush side. That's where the Tea Party folks come in. They're not giving up the fight and just may win the party back.
I would to see just one politician (not holding my breath) state the obvious and say, "You mean you want to borrow MORE money to pay back the money we ALREADY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY BACK? That is pure idiocy!"
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