Matt HealeyThursday,3 October 2013

The Snap:

We are now in a government shutdown. As expected, the blame game is in full swing. At this point it important to look at the some of the arguments the evangelical christian party of god is rolling out.

The Download:

I have watched a lot of news and the following are the arguments that I am hearing. The first is the problem with how the bill (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) was passed. The logic is that since the bill was passed with only Democrat support, then the evangelical christian party of god is right to oppose it to this level. It is true that the bill was passed with only Democrat support. It is also true that the bill is modeled after the law Mitt Romney passed in Massachusetts. In case you forgot, he was a presidential candidate in 2012. But it goes further than that. One of the sources of contention for the Tea Party — the individual mandate — was first proposed in 1992-1993 by Newt Gingrich, in response to the Clinton’s approach to healthcare reform. So while the law was passed with only Democrat support, it incorporates positions that conservatives have supported. At least before the current President was elected. So it is fair to ask is there anything that could have gotten bi-partisan support? The answer is no. There was no way that the Tea Party would have voted for anything that Obama proposed.

The second argument is that Obama is willing to negotiate with Iran, a terrorist nation, but not John Boehner. This is true. And there is a reason for this. Boehner is not in charge. He cannot deliver the votes. Obama will negotiate with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but not with Boehner, but Obama also will not negotiate Ali, who is a member of the kitchen staff at the Iranian presidential palace. I say this because Boehner has as much chance of delivering his caucus as Ali does in stopping the Iranian nuclear problem. Now if Obama needed tanning tips and a good recipe for Khoresht, then Boehner and Ali would be the right people. The other problem is what would the negotiation involve? It is clear that Obama is not going to repeal Obamacare. The law was passed and he got re-elected after it passed. It is also clear that the Tea Party will accept nothing less than repeal. And yes, as I outlined yesterday, the 1 year delay is a tactic that is being used to further repeal efforts. So how do those negotiations proceed?

Boehner: “We will accept nothing less than a repeal of ACA.”

Obama: “Not going to happen.”

There. Negotiation done. The only way this ends is if enough pressure is put on the Tea Party minority in the House and a clean CR is brought to the floor. It would pass with full Democrat support and the few remaining endangered moderate Republicans.

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