On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that basically funds the government but defunds Obamacare.The vote was predictably down party lines with only one Republican voting no and two Democrats voting in favor.Now the ball is in the Senates court and it is expected that they will bounce the defunding measure right out of the bill.
There has been a shift within the last few months within the GOP as well as the Democrat parties. Both know that the American people do not like Obamacare. Every day they see what is coming at them, and they are voicing their concerns to Congress.
Many Republican House members that were content to just let the law take effect and then deal with it later are now being pressured to stop it before the October 1 deadline.Democrats are feeling the heat as well, especially now that the Unions have come out against it, and Obama himself, has changed it! The Republicans have a split party that needs to come together, and some of the vulnerable Democrats are deathly afraid of Reid and Pelosi, so they suck it up and vote party lines.
The House GOP seemed to stand together with the Friday vote, but the question remains, who will stand strong in the Senate?Yes, we know that the die-hards will be there.The Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul group will do everything in their power to save us, but how about the others that are weak-kneed and listening to the whispers of fear and ghosts of ‘96 that the old guard are feeding them? They seem to be more concerned about where the blame will be placed if the government is shut down.
Instead of standing strong and doing the right thing, they are vacillating and worried about people bad-mouthing them and losing seats in the 2014 elections.News flash:Stand for what you believe in or not, you will still be crucified by the President, the Democrat party, and the media; and if you cave, you will just prove to your constituents that they were right, Congress doesn’t fight for them.Let’s face it, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t, so go ahead and stand for something!
It is very possible that this situation may turn out differently than the politicians, media and pundits expect.The American people are so used to hearing the fear-mongering over shutdowns, sequesters and the like, that they are tuning it out.They know that nothing ever happens when this doom and gloom is predicted.Life goes on, the government continues to function (perhaps with a few hiccups, but nothing major), and somehow we all keep going.We all know that one of these crisis’ crop up every six months to a year and it’s now becoming like Chicken Little screaming about the sky falling – no one pays attention.
The Republicans in the Senate have to make the decision.Do they stand with the members in the House and the American people or do they fold like a house of cards?Either way Harry Reid will still do whatever he has to do to throw it back into the laps of the Republican House because he wants the Republicans to be blamed for everything. Reid is depending on all of his soldiers being in lock-step with him on this, but wouldn’t it be amazing if a few of the more vulnerable ones decided to break ranks and actually vote their constituents wishes?
But I digress.The time will run out, the media will be in a frenzy, Obama will predict disaster for the children, the poor and the downtrodden, and it will all sound like Charlie Brown’s school teacher…”wha..wha…wha”. Realistically, only those of us who hang on to every word these politicians say will care.
The American people overwhelmingly do not want Obamacare and at the same time they expect their government to work.So figure it out Congress.
Senate Republicans - don’t be the first to blink.Grow a spine, be the grown up in the room, don’t succumb to bullying and name calling and “what-ifs”.If you do that, we just might see you as the party we once knew.