The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

Pretty soon Congress will be back.  Ho hum.  And the focus of that august body will turn to the budget (there is none), the debt limit (there isn’t really one) and whether or not we should shut down the government (let me think about the benefits of that for a moment).

Leading the retreat on the part of the Great Offal Party will be Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R, OH).  He has already said that his “strategy” will be to offer a continuing resolution (the “Kick the Can Down the Road Theory”) until the GOP figures out what to do about funding the government.  Perhaps he has a visit scheduled with Glinda the Good Witch for the fall who will provide him with an action plan.  He certainly needs to get some fresh ideas somewhere.

It’s terribly difficult to tell most of the “players” in this dodge ball game without a score card.  Whether they label themselves with a “D” or an “R” most of them have the same agenda.  Don’t make waves which might compromise their ability to get re-elected in 2014.  Oh, and make some platitudinous speeches which talk in general terms about their doing what’s “best for the country.”  What a load of hooey.

The Congress is the ultimate evolution of our welfare system.  It’s just that they cost us more than your average food stamp recipient.  Oh, sure, they have to get off their duffs every so often to keep their cushy jobs, but with a return rate of incumbents of more than 85% you have to really mess up pretty badly not to get retained.

And if you retire from Congress, you can always run for Mayor of San Diego.  There is going to be an opening there in the next week or so and their weather is almost always quite nice.

Fortunately, there are a few people within the GOP who are actually trying to do the job that their constituents elected them to do.  (Naturally, in the vernacular of Washington and the MSM they’re thought of as kooks or right wing nuts).  They’re the Libertarian and Tea Party element of the party.  Sadly, there aren’t nearly enough of them serving (yes really, serving) in Congress – yet.

If John Boehner and his cohorts don’t wise up, some of them will find themselves having to work on their golf games as they are forced into a retirement which is four times greater than what the average American receives through Social Security.  Perhaps the litmus test for whether or not they get elected again will be how they deal with the issue of Obamacare – as much as they wish it would just go away.  It won’t – at least not without a great deal of assistance.

The problem with Obamacare has nothing to do with its negative impact on the economy; it has nothing to do with the rising cost of health insurance; it has nothing to do with the decline in the quality of healthcare which will result from its implementation; it has nothing to do with the additional cost of adding people to a bureaucracy to administer it; it has nothing to do with the fact that every American’s personal information will be subject to hackers and unvetted people who are enrolling people in this program.

The problem with Obamacare is that a government which has shown the greatest incompetence or concupiscence, whichever you prefer, in the way it has addressed the “phony scandals” of “Fast and Furious”; Benghazi; the IRS being used for political purposes; and NSA snooping on Americans will, through an un-elected bureaucracy be empowered to make decisions which will determine who will live and who will die.

This is an attack on the promise of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” at the most fundamental level and is simply the latest incarnation of an imperious and imperial presidency.  Didn’t we start a revolution to get rid of just that sort of government interference?

Speaker Boehner, if he wants to prove that he is not the gutless wimp his PR people are trying to have him project has two options to kill this law.  Both will require some courage and perhaps a double dose of Viagra.

First, he can agree to fund all government operations with the specific exception of Obamacare.  He probably realizes that the opposition knows how to manipulate public opinion far more effectively than those on his side of the aisle and will flat out lie that the GOP is trying to close down the government.  He and all Republicans need to learn how to play that game and stand up to the false criticism.  They not only need to stand up but to stand for something.

Second, the Speaker should realize that under his tenure the fact that the concept of three equal parts of government has been increasingly obscured by presidential fiat.  Nothing makes that point more than the never ending list of waivers that are being awarded at whim (and for political reasons) to this constituency or that when it comes to Obamacare.  Of course, it is a bit embarrassing that Congress and their staff are the latest beneficiaries of these executive orders.

The Constitution is very clear that it is Congress which enacts laws and the President’s only responsibility regarding those which have been passed is either to sign or veto them.  Congress passed the ACA and President Obama signed it (amid much fanfare) into law.

Nowhere does the Constitution, which the President swore to uphold, give the executive branch the right to alter, amend or in any way change the law.  His responsibility is to enforce the laws as they are written.

Therefore, if the Speaker is concerned that he and his party might be lambasted should they try to defund the law, this alternative allows them a way out.  That way out is called the Constitution.

Rather than try to defund it, they should insist that the law be implemented exactly as it is written and void any executive orders which the Prez has issued.  If the Senate (under the brilliant leadership of Half-Wit Harry Reid) should oppose that, then the GOP can say, “Hey guys.  We voted to implement the law the President has championed.  The Democrat controlled Senate opposed implementing the very law that they themselves passed.  We, therefore, have no choice but to refuse any further funding of the government which includes the ACA.”

It is clear that there is no possibility that Obamacare will be ready for rollout on schedule.  Forcing everyone to comply will cause the law to implode of its own ill-conceived stupidity.  It will force large employers to furlough or reduce the hours of their workforce now rather than after the mid-term elections (the reason they got a year’s deferral) thus bringing the reality of what the geniuses who crafted this bill wrote into it to light.

Sometimes we need to suffer in order to see the wisdom of amending our ways.  Implementing this bill will cause a lot of short-term suffering.  But the benefit of being able to make our own decisions regarding our health choices is worth a lot of short-term suffering, because that is a right which is inalienable but is under attack.

Grandma used to say, “If you have your health you have everything.”

I wonder if Speaker Boehner ever heard that adage.  Based on his conduct, I rather doubt it.

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Comments on: "CONTINUING IRRESOLUTION (OR) THE BOEHNER BONER" (2)

  1. I agree, completely, and categorically. If they can’t grow a spine, we’re gonna have to inject a ramrod from the bottom. or find some men and women to replace the weasels.

  2. Mark Levin lays this out very effectively in his latest book, “The Liberty Amendments,” a must read for every concerned American.

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