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Bryan Preston


October 17, 2013 - 8:03 am

In which I shamelessly swipe comments from my friend’s Facebook page. But he works at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, so it’s not like they’re just coming from thin air. TPPF are the Special Forces of conservative policy.

Before any of you gleefully kick more soil on the supposed political grave of my senator Ted Cruz, consider the following point raised by my colleague Chuck DeVore.

The major media refrain is that Sen. Ted Cruz and Republicans in general “lost” the shutdown effort politically.

Time may show otherwise.

Here’s why.

The compromise bill ending the shutdown only funds the government until January 15, 2014 and only gives enough room on the debt limit until February 7, 2014.

This is not the full year’s budget Pres. Obama and Sen. Reid wanted. And, it is not the full trillion dollars in new debt authority.

This is big.

What is means is that Americans get to kick the tires on ObamaCare and its nearly-impossible to sign up for exchanges for another three months before the federal government funding fight may be refought – if Sen. Cruz and like-minded allies chose to do so.

Interestingly enough, the ObamaCare open enrollment ends on Feb. 15, 2014 – that’s the deadline for an American to get health coverage and avoid paying a tax for not having insurance.

This may, if sign-ups continue to lag, give Sen. Cruz an opening to make the argument that we need to change the law, otherwise, how can we expect people to pay a fine for something they couldn’t sign up for?

Stay tuned, this fight isn’t over – not by a long-shot.

What do you think?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If I understood Rush today, one of the things accomplished was holding the line on the sequester - thereby hamstringing the autopilot increases of baseline budgeting. Another thing accomplished was bringing the true nature of the Administration out into the sunlight - "Why would they want to do that (reopen the NIH trials and potentially save the life of a child - Reid)? A petty, malicious lot already prepared with signage for closure of the National Monuments.

I'm not so sure the Obamacare program roll-out failure was unintended, particularly in view of the Administration's support for the Secretary. It is bringing out calls to move to single payer. I do agree a "nearly-impossible to sign up for exchanges for another three months" could lend itself to further attacks - either "federal government funding fight - refought" or a year's delay for everyone involved.

I think all the efforts - Lee, Cruz, Perry et al have been, are and will be laudatory. As a former (26 yrs with the SS Disability Program at the State and Federal levels) Bureaucrat - the cost and impacts of Bureaucratic control ill serve any "objective" of "high quality medical services available as widely as possible within our means" is a fools errand.
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Why do those of us who have employer provide health insurance want to repeal Obamacare? Let their supporters stew in their own juice and whine about how much their lives suck.
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the only thing "won" was the further outing of the statists with (R) next to their names
these vermin need to be removed asap
we cant deal with the (D)'s while continually being stabbed in the back

i'm beginning to think freedom loving americans looking to get into poitics need to run with the (D) next to their name- advocate for smaller gov't and individual liberty (which in many ways obama did before the 2008 elections) and simultaneously bash the remaining republicans (who are statists anyways)
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"(D) next to their name- advocate for smaller gov't and individual liberty"

They won't win their primaries. When they get there, they will fold even worse: like those 10 holdouts against Obamacare's abortion mandates. Politicians look after themselves, Democrats or Republicans make no difference. Once they are in DC, they have ascended the ruling class, the aristocracy knighted by the king. We, the little people, will serve them.
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What do I think? I think I want some of what Mr DeVore is smoking.

This wasn't a win. Its rationalizing, which is what losers do. When East Central Tennessee State gets steamrolled by Georgia 70-3, they tell themselves that they won a moral victory because they didn't get shut out.
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