Silly Liberal Pundits Want Congress to Treat Americans Like Doormats
If liberal pundits really think the effort to defund Obamacare is useless and hopeless, you really can’t tell by how they’re reacting to the idea. We have explained in great detail how this plan can and must work if America is to be spared from Obamacare’s damaging effects.
If the Left thinks it’s so implausible that Republicans might vote to defund Obamacare while still funding the government, why don’t they use their time to write about something else?
The Washington Establishment – lovers of limited big-government – is really bitter about Mr. Obama’s unpopular, unworkable takeover of the healthcare industry in America.
And they’re furious that conservatives have devised a plan to stop Obamacare altogether. The only valid rebuttal they have offered is that the President will obstinately refuse to go along with any plan that stops the implementation of Obamacare.
But as Mike Needham and Heritage President Jim DeMint recently explained in a WSJ op-ed (sub. req’d):
President Obama, along with all the Democrats, will accuse Republicans of trying to shut down the government by giving the president a spending bill that he must veto. But there is no “must” about it. If the president opts to shut down all of government instead of just ObamaCare, that will be his choice, not the wish of conservatives.
The Left’s solution and the solution of big-government Republicans is to have the majority of Americans who oppose Obamacare roll over, act like doormats, and accept Obamacare because some politicians don’t have the fortitude to do what’s right for America.
Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham and Heritage Action pollster Jon Lerner released a poll of ten competitive congressional districts indicating that the GOP’s House majority is not at stake over defunding of Obamacare.
In reaction to the poll, one leftist opinion writer, Jonathan Bernstein, wrote:
Heritage is asking Republicans in Congress to base their choices about the next fiscal showdown on a partisan poll of GOP House districts.
Actually, Heritage Action is asking congressional Republicans to do everything they can to stop Obamacare because that is in America’s best interest, and that’s what they were elected to do in both 2010 and 2012.
Moreover, the whole point of the poll was to gauge swing/Republican leaning districts to see how they would feel about the issue of defunding Obamacare, in order to gauge how it will play out in these specific districts.
But the richest part of Bernstein’s belligerent critique was how he bashed the Heritage Action poll and then went on a tangent about how polls don’t really tell you anything meaningful anyway:
But while the subject is on the table: Polling, even very good polling, is exactly the wrong way to go about figuring out the electoral effects of a government shutdown or any similar confrontation. There’s no point in asking people who they would blame if this happened, because people are extremely poor predictors of their own reactions to complex political fights.
If that’s the case, why even bother commenting on the poll at all?
That fact aside, conservatives are concerned with both the future of the country and the American people. We don’t think Republican politicians are stupid. But a decision to fund Obamacare in a must-pass spending bill when they could have defunded it would be a massive disservice to the Americans who elected them to stop Obamacare in the first place.
And, when American’s health insurance premiums continue to skyrocket and the quality of their healthcare continues to diminish, will they be thanking the Republicans and Democrats who let it happen?
As Mike Needham said:
House Republicans should be much more concerned with the fallout of failing to defund Obamacare than with the imaginary fallout of doing so.