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Why Trying to Defund Obamacare Is the Definition of Insanity

Trundling toward the apocalypse with eyes wide shut.

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Rick Moran

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August 2, 2013 - 12:02 am
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The effort by some Republicans on the Hill to shut down the government in order to prevent the implementation of Obamacare has officially jumped the shark and entered cloud cuckoo land. The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, has issued a report, requested by Republican Senator Tom Coburn, which shows that even if the GOP is successful, Obamacare will roll forward anyway.

The CRS explanation for why a government shutdown wouldn’t stop Obamacare from being implemented is straightforward:

“It appears that substantial ACA implementation might continue during a lapse in annual appropriations that resulted in a temporary government shutdown,” the report said.

That’s primarily due to two factors. First, the government can keep spending during a shutdown using “no-year discretionary funds” and reserves set aside for mandatory expenditures. The ACA specifically set aside billions of dollars for its own implementation that won’t be touched by a shutdown.

Second, the report said ObamaCare could fall under one of the limited exceptions in which the government is allowed to allocate funds in lieu of a spending bill from Congress.

In short, the White House would have the money and the power to keep the ACA up and running even if the lights go dark in Washington.

But it appears that Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are not letting the facts stand in the way of an opportunity to get the juices flowing of the pro-shut-down conservatives in the base of the party. Cruz, especially, seems eager to burn some bridges by calling out Republican senators who don’t agree with his quixotic quest, accusing them of having a “defeatist” approach to dealing with Obamacare. “I think they’re beaten down and they’re convinced that we can’t give a fight, and they’re terrified,” he said.

Or it could be that most Republicans on the Hill have faced up to the reality of the situation and, like any adult, are dealing with the world as it is, not as some less-mature members would wish it to be. The two-thirds of Republicans who think it a bad idea to shut down the government for absolutely no reason save a puckish desire to make the president look bad will suffer the political consequences — not the loudmouths who call their brethren cowards and continue to insist that the facts can be ignored in order to achieve a result that simply isn’t achievable.

Senator Lee’s cynicism is especially repugnant:

Those of us who are Republicans and those of us to claim to be against ObamaCare, who happen to vote to fund it, will have a lot to pay, will have a lot to answer for with our constituents.

Lee said on Tuesday, “Defund it, or own it. If you fund it, you’re for it.”

Some of the leading critics of Cruz, Lee, and the rest of the pro-shut-down caucus — like Tom Coburn and Bob Corker — are among the most vociferous opponents of Obamacare. To question their bona fides and accuse them of political cowardice is ridiculous. This is especially true for Lee, who has latched on to the fake Obamacare defunding effort in order to do a little fundraising. He sent an email to supporters pleading for cash:

“As I told my good friend Sean Hannity last week, the upcoming budget vote is truly the last stop on the Obamacare express,” Lee wrote. “We can’t afford to let this opportunity pass us by.”

To do your part to save America, you are to “make an emergency contribution of $25, $35, $50, $100, $200 or whatever you can afford to my campaign right now, and help me continue spearheading the national effort to defund Obamacare before it’s too late.”

It’s already too late, but why allow reality to intrude on such a lovely fantasy? The problem is that the more obvious it becomes that you can’t defund Obamacare, the more strident, mean-spirited, and insulting the shut-down caucus becomes toward their fellow Republicans who disagree.

One needs to ask why Cruz, Lee, and the rest of the pro-shut-down crowd are pushing the fantasy that Obamacare can be defunded. What kind of scam are they running? True, many of their supporters will dismiss the CRS report as some kind of plot to prevent the defunding of Obamacare, but what’s their excuse? That they’re as nutty as some of their supporters? One might suspect that they’d like to keep bashing Republicans who won’t fight fights that can’t be won because they look all the more “principled” to the slack-jawed crowd, with more reality-based Republicans seeming weak and squeamish by comparison. Or perhaps, like Alfred the butler describing a Burmese bandit in The Dark Knight, “some men just want to watch the world burn”

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It's SO nice to be called a child by such an adult like Rick Moran. Don't like what your political opponents are doing? Call them children!

Has anyone else noticed that Rick Moran uses the same talking points as Democratic operatives?
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What RINOs, sorry, people like this author fail to understand is that if you do not fight it in every way possible, and let the people know you are fighting it, this monstrosity will continue. Does Moran actually think that this program will collapse under its own weight? Really? What government program has ever collapsed under its own weight? Those who support this program will keep it going, making a tweak here, a tweak there, and it will never die. There is too much liberalness at stake to let it die. If it dies, then we the people may think that the other massively stupid ideas (dept of energy, education, United Nations funding, foreign aid to Pakistan, etc.) also need to die. And the pathetic RINOs like McCain will help keep Obamacare alive (jeez, when will someone end this man's "democratic party-lite" career in the Senate?). Just like communism keeps chipping away at our freedoms, we need to keep chipping away at this monstrosity in every way possible. The more attention that is brought to it and how bad it is the better. A majority want it dead, then let us do what we can to kill it now, in any way possible.

P.S. - if this is the same Rick Moran who wrote a blog for American Thinker yesterday about "Homosexual athletes in the Olympics" i take great exception to your use of the "bigot" term for those who disagree with that lifestyle choice. You liberalness is showing.
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I see Christie is going to kiss Adelson's rear.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/01/chris-christie-finds-reason-visit-vegas-dead-summe/#.Ufp-RpXo4dA.twitter

No one who is barely enough of a Republican for a blue state to stand, is Republican enough to do the country any good commensurate with the problem.

I actually bothered to vote for Romney, I actually tried to get McCain elected.

If Christie is the GOP nominee, I won't lift a finger for him.

Either credibly promise to change the overall direction of the country back to something constitutionally recognizable, or you're not getting jack from me.
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@Rick Moran

"http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/08/most-people-hate-obamacare.php";

Even when your mendacious phrasing is used, a majority supports shutting down the government to stop Obamacare.

And it is your mendacious phrasing, you are lying to us. Or worse, you've accepted the Democrats messaging as being true. Are you a liar or a fool?

Cruz supports defunding Obamacare, and the Democrats promise to shutdown the government in retaliation. Let them do it. Let them own it.
1 year ago
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Guess what? No one will believe that slight of hand hat trick of Cruz/Lee. You're speaking to yourselves in your little hermetically sealed air chamber. Got to say that Moran's got some guts, going into the lion's den like this. OK, too many metaphors in one post... gotta go.
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Mr. Moran, if you can't tell from "Phil in VA", you're in bad company. You're with Democrats.

And Phil, the MSM with their shrinking market share can't spread the lie wide enough. The right-most 55% of the electorate will know it is Obama shutting down the government to try to preserve the Obamacare the nation doesn't want.
1 year ago
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Is that the 55% of the electorate that you rode to victory with the last time out? Oh wait.....
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If you mean the rightmost 55% of the electorate--the rightmost of whom had no reason in particular to vote for Romney and didn't--yes. If Romney had had the voter turn out that Bush did, Obama would not be President.

The Democrats are fine with the whole nation becoming Detroit.

Many Republicans are fine with that happening sooner rather than later, if the Republicans who are nominated--like Romney--don't represent a fundamental change of direction away from the Democrat's course.

If it is going to burn, let it burn sooner before more fuel is built up. Then garden in the ashes.

There is nothing more radical and stupid to believe, than that things can go on the next hundred years much as they have in the last. All Democrats seem to believe that stupid, radical thing. Republicans like Moran and Romney--if they don't in fact believe that stupid, radical idea--they cannot conceive of pretending to suggest we adopt any other course than that which FDR and his successors have laid. That course leads to Detroit.

To hell with the idiocies of Rick Moran, and his self admitted inability to conceive of opposing the opponent.

Let it burn if it will, move correctly and it may not. Moran and the Establishment crouch paralyzed, cowering under the threat, they cannot think of moving.
1 year ago
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Rick "Moron" is totally wrong, why do they post articles like this? Do they just want to make people mad? Rick needs to go back to the Huff Po. We must continue to oppose Obamacare at EVERY opportunity. It can and must be defunded before it totally destroys our healthcare and our economy.
1 year ago
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How about enlightening me by explaining where he is wrong? His points seem good.
1 year ago
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His points are all democrat talking points(and hence lies). defunding Obamacare doesn't shutdown the government, Obama shuts down the government if he chooses to veto the budget. It is not at all clear that Obamacare can be implemented using emergency funding , and any attempt to do so would be open to judicial review.
1 year ago
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I see PJM's fairness-doctrine hire is at it again. Can we defund Rick Moran?
1 year ago
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Actually, I think the definition of insanity is complacently assuming that the republic doesn't require defense by extraordinary measures. If you read through the two spending factors cited by the CRS that would allow Obama to do whatever the hell he wants to implement Obamacare, and you still think Congressional Republicans are the "insanity" problem in this picture, you're not fit to govern yourself, and you need to step aside and let the adults take over.
1 year ago
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and tell me again why having the IRS handle medical issues of people is a good idea.

And tell me again about HIPAA and how medical records aren't to be revealed unless specifically allowed by patient and doctor.

Anyone laughing about how this will be used wrongly.
1 year ago
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Rick, you're fired. Clear out your desk, security will escort you out.
1 year ago
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A funding proposal that funds the entire government except for the ACA is labeled a government shutdown because Obama vows to veto it? OK. Then let Obama veto the measure, shut the government down, and then we place the blame for the shutdown where it belongs, on Obama.

We simply make the case that Obama wants to deny Social Security Benefits along with a list of all kinds of other benefits in order to fund Obamacare. It doesn't matter that it's not true. The MSM will need to debunk it. If they don't debunk it, then the accusation can stick, and the MSM doesn't want that because we would run with that 24/7. On the other hand, if they do debunk it, then they will need to demonstrate that we had no real ability to stop it in the first place and that our efforts were a waste of time. We then agree with their assessment and point out how our proposal without ACA funding had no impact to the government at all, that ACA funding was already built in and didn't need to be in our proposal, and Obama shut the government down without any real justification.

A straw man only has a spine when a cowardly dupe accepts the premise and does nothing to turn it against debater making use of the tactic.
1 year ago
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Thanks. Do you think your hated president already has your cute Cruz/Lee plan figured out? Do you think the public and the Obama-loving media is going to roll over a play dead for these shenanigans? Beautiful Dreamer, Wake Unto Me, Starlight and Moonbeams are Waiting for Thee.
1 year ago
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well stated, now if only leaders on the hill had the cojones and the smarts and the political savvy to do as you mention.
1 year ago
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Rick, this move by the tea-party Congressmen aren't about actually passing a bill through Congress, getting it signed by 'Bamster' and changing the law of the land. It's about ginning up enthusiasm for the 2014 off-year Congressional elections, and trying to win more seats for Republicans. As such, I commend the authors of these bills, and the tea-party members of Congress. I would have thought most PJ Media contributors would be a bit more politically savvy, and not so simplistic and literal-minded as you've exhibited here.
1 year ago
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I just re-read this article and yes it is absurd, where do you get these writers?
1 year ago
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From the GOP establishment, who like it in the bubble FDR built for them.
1 year ago
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I'm beyond hoping and wishing for reasonable discussion to begin to fill in the cracks that are ripping this party to shreds. While almost everyone on either side agrees that the MSM is as much of an enemy as the progressive agenda, most posters seem to think that giving both of these entities ammunition is a winning strategy. This is the problem, there is no cohesive strategy within the Republican party, just calculated logic on one side and pure emotion on the other. Passion may work for progressives because they're children and everyone knows it, but we're supposed to be the grown-ups and letting emotions become the guiding force in a confrontation with the other side has proven to be a disaster, over and over again.
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So, please pin yourself down. Where in the GOP is the calculated logic, and where is the pure emotion?
1 year ago
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The calculated logic lies in realizing that even proposing to shut the government down is a weapon in the hands of the left and their handmaiden media. The emotional side is depicted in the press and on the air with the gleeful announcement that "the GOP is self-destructing!" Calling Reid's bluff on the nuclear option would have been good strategy. What's happening with Obamacare is sheer lunacy.
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That isn't even logic. Cruz is not proposing to shut down the government, Obama is. Do you really think the media can keep the rightmost 55% of the public from hearing that? Do you think we should care what the leftmost 45% of the public thinks? To hell with them.

And yes, making Reid show his hand on the nuclear option would have been good, even if he'd taken it.

By all means, all the time, hammer and tongs, make the Dems re-affirm their lunacy in enacting Obamacare by having them throw a tantrum and shut down the government over it.

Obamacare isn't popular now, and won't suddenly become popular if Obama throws a hissy and shuts down the government over it.

Not making him face that choice is lunacy.
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And I am not and never have been a RINO.
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