Second, an appropriations bill for transportation, housing, and urban development inexplicably increased spending on some programs above last year’s level or above the President’s request. Numerous amendments to reduce funding – some by as little as $5 million – were rejected by bipartisan majorities. For a nation approaching $16 trillion in debt, there is no excuse for such actions.
What is so unfortunate about these debt-inducing bipartisan votes is that they only serve to blur the distinctions – where they exist – between the two parties. Regardless of how the Supreme Court rationalized upholding Obamacare, the fact that it did uphold the law provided a moment of clarity for the American people and the political parties that claim to represent them.
Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham put it perfectly, saying: “Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will. Indeed, since the debate began in August 2009, Americans have vocally opposed President Obama’s approach to health care, which remains unaffordable and irresponsible.”
The news that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney raised over $4 million in the decision’s aftermath is a strong signal that Americans believe Obamacare can and must be corrected through the political and legislative process. Equally important, voters now have clarity as to who will fix the problem. And make no mistake, clarity is energizing.
America cannot afford a dispirited conservative movement that looks to Washington with a sense of hopelessness. The lack of clarity, not the lack of a tie, is the real sign of America’s downward spiral.