For all of you GOP / Tea Party fans out there who think that with the GOP take-over of the House of Representatives America will see a swift and decisive return to more practical thinking on Capitol Hill, you better sit down for this one. One of the major themes of the 2010 election was that if the GOP were to regain control of Congress there would be a complete reversal of ObamaCare eliminating it from the books.
The truth is: ain’t gonna happen. At least not right away.
There are very few, if any really honorable or even acceptable parts to the health care bill passed last March. To be blatantly honest, the whole thing was a sham from the word “Go”. Broken promises of complete transparency of the proceedings and back-room bribes to “persuade” (translation: strong-arm) moderate Democrats into toeing the party line to Alan Grayson’s deplorable conduct flat out lying about the GOP’s position on health care (a character trait of his as evidenced by ads he ran against his opponent Daniel Webster) all played out on the national stage in order to convince Americans that they needed this health care plan as opposed one that was truly hammered out in bi-partisan fashion. It is no secret that the Democrats intended to use their position to ram their pet projects down America’s throat because they are patently socialist in many ways.
But can 0bamaCare really be repealed? The quick and dirty answer is, “no”. Should it be? Absolutely and replaced with something that doesn’t place undue, unnecessary and unfair burdens on businesses. But the reality is that right now, in spite of the fact that it should be repealed, 0bamaCare cannot be repealed. Democrats retained their majority in the Senate and “Scary Harry” Reid kept his seat for another six years. The chances of a repeal bill being introduced and making its way to the Senate floor is between Slim and None and Slim is on his horse riding into the sunset. Even if this were to happen, 0bama would not risk his chances for a second term by signing any kind of repeal into law.
On the other end of the Capitol Building, however, things are very different. With the Republicans now in comfortable control of the House and Nancy packing her things to clear out of her speaker’s office, there are things that can be done to slow the advance of 0bamaCare. Because the House is Constitutionally charged with holding the purse strings of the government, the House has the option of “defunding” any part of 0bamaCare that is particularly offensive (all of it is offensive, but not all of it requires money). The House also has the option of introducing means by which changes to the existing fiasco can be implemented. But again, they have to get by the Senate and Chairman Ma0-bama.
During his press conference on Wednesday -- after a sound "whuppin'" administered by the people, 0bama finally acknowledged that it was important that Democrats and Republicans work together to fix many of the problems that are still ensconced in Washington. House minority leader John Boehner called on his own party to avoid the “revenge” factor. It will be most interesting to see how many Tea Party Republicans actually follow Boehner’s admonition. This writer is betting that more of them will behave like mature adults than liberals might think. There is, however, always the possibility of error.
Neither side is completely innocent of the mess in which this nation finds itself. Democrats like Barney Frank allowed as how the mortgage crisis wasn’t as bad as was being feared at the time. Frank has yet to acknowledge that he was wrong to say that Freddie and Fannie were good investments “going forward”. Republicans, trying to appeal to liberal voters put on a liberal face and tried to pass spending bills that were supposed to prevent this country from sliding into a depression. Democrats were given a full two years in control beginning in 2006 to put up or shut up. They failed miserably – even with a Republican president who signed massive spending bills into law and with 0bama’s election in 2008, their failure is only more pronounced than ever.
America is and always has been a “center-right” nation. Even California cannot claim to be completely liberal – voters sent marijuana packing and in spite of judicial meddling, has repeatedly reaffirmed at the polls that marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman even though they sent Governor Moonbeam back to the governor’s chair and returned Barbara “I’ve worked so hard for this” Boxer to a seat she has done little more than keep warm for 26 years. Liberalism is not as rampant as people like Chris "Tingly feeling up my leg" Matthews, Rachael "Mad-Cow" Maddow and others on MSNBC would have America believe. Liberals certainly don’t have the corner on the market when it comes to what people in America want. Neither do Republicans. When left to their own devices, Americans inherently choose what is right over what is popular at the time. Americans are at their best when they are allowed to work, earn a living and contribute to the general welfare and common defense of America.
People want to work. People need to work to fulfill their own lives. 0bamaCare is contrary to the human need to work as is socialism as a whole. Americans flourish when the government gets the hell out of the way. The best thing for the GOP to do right now with its position in the House is to begin deflating the federal government by being more responsible with the money they have. They may not think so, but having control of the House puts them in a far better position to begin implementing change for the better. The House controls the money. Therefore whoever controls the House controls the money and ultimately controls the government. Here is where the GOP can show itself to be the party of fiscal responsibility.
So the real question is, can the GOP control the money?