The Best of the Forge
It is disturbing that some Senators are refusing to engage with their constituents on an issue as catastrophic as Obamacare. It’s vital that our representatives hear our voices. It’s bad enough that President Obama and Sen. Reid have chosen to shut down the government to preserve Obamacare; Senators’ decision to shut out their constituents’ voices adds insult to injury.
The fight between those in Washington who wish to protect Obamacare and those who wish to protect the American people from Obamacare wages on.
The latest attempt by the House of Representatives to move forward was to propose a six-week debt limit increase, rather than a clean, year-long debt ceiling increase. This gives House leadership the time they need to refocus the debate on the most pressing issue, Obamacare.
A farm bill conference will almost certainly result in agriculture policies that harm taxpayers and consumers because both the House and Senate farm bills contain such flawed policies. Yet, the House has chosen lawmakers to participate in the farm bill conference with the Senate.
Comprehensive immigration reform is still a priority for the House this year, at least according to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Nearly everyone agrees that the current legal immigration system is burdensome and expensive, and in dire need of reform. Unfortunately, President Obama and others insist that amnesty (definition here) must be part of any reform of the legal immigration system. Fortunately, there is a sign that President Obama’s insistence on amnesty does not extend to every proponent of amnesty.
In November 2011, President Obama left the country as the so-called super committee talks crumbled. At the time, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) 50% said the President’s absence created “a huge power vacuum” and “basically [sent] a pretty powerful message that [he was] disinterested in getting a result.”
The idea has resurfaced because, after near-constant negotiations with Republicans over fiscal issues in 2011, President Obama has decided he will no longer negotiate. According to an official read out, “The president called the speaker again today to reiterate that he won’t negotiate on a government funding bill or debt limit increase.”