GOP Cross The Rubicon

GOP Cross The Rubicon

The Republican Party is effectively dead at this point and they have no one to blame but themselves. Even before the Original Tea Party Movement was hijacked, by those now calling themselves the same, Republicans displayed a disdain for the Moderates within its party. And that disdain eventually led the leadership to brand them persona non grata.

Simply put "Moderates Not Welcome."

Unfortunately, the GOP needed those Moderates. Especially when President Barack Obama was at his low point and could easily have been beaten had the party (a) put up a worthy candidate and (b) tempered the rhetoric emanating from a Tea Party Minority that had managed to splinter what was left of the party.

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Mitch O'Connell, meanwhile, have been unable to set a clear agenda for the party due to their inability to punish the party rebels. And that folks is how a political party makes itself irrelevant. Of course one didn't need to be a pundit on Fox News to see that that would lead to what we have now - a government shut down by a political party desperate to show otherwise.

John Boehner has tried hard to put on a brave face without getting weepy and tell Americans that it is the Democrats who don't want to bargain in good faith after previous attempts to hold the nation hostage because of what can only be viewed as something other than political motives. You see the Obama care exceptions Boehner uses as a basis for his argument is 100% Certified Bullshit as he secretly met with political rival, Harry Reid, to protect Congress from having to accept the same provisions of the Affordable Health Care for America Act for their own body.

So what in the hell was John Boehner talking about when he insisted that Congress should also be forced to accept the same health care average Americans are being forced into? Seems Boehner has developed a severe case of the Kerry Flip-Flop on this one.

Actually, it really has nothing to do with a flip-flop as much as John Boehner flat out lying to whatever constituents the GOP has left. But they can be assured that this household will be voting for far fewer Republicans than it once did as it searches for alternatives who are willing to do what we think they should be doing - and that is to give us fair representation and if that means compromise - then so be it!

Yes both the Republicans and the Democrats suck the big one these days as neither can seem to grasp what governance is all about. Maybe someone in both party's should employ a Voodoo Witch Doctor and resurrect Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. who despite his disdain for former President Ronald Reagan's knowledge of politics found a way to compromise with him unlike Mr. Boehner and Obama. Then again O'Neill had to shut down the government some 12 times to do it.

As for today's political leadership? I despise you all for your lack of honor and conviction. But today I especially despise John Boehner and Mitch McConnell the most as they sat back and watched the GOP Cross The Rubicon.

As Caesar uttered "alea iacta est" – the die is cast!

 

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  • The insanity point was discussed about a week ago on The Quark in the Road. If nothing else, it has become more insane. As I understand it, the Senate has held votes and stripped the House gotchas on the floor without any crap about needing 60 votes to proceed or the like. On the other hand, Boehner refuses to put a clean bill passed by the Senate on the floor. But now the procedure for House amended bills requires a supermajority, which the Republicans don't have.

    We can also blame the Dem. state legislators for legislating out any moderate Republicans, such as Dold and Biggert, so there definitely isn't a middle. With reports that Gutierrez was politicking in Chicago and votes not getting up to 435, I wonder if the House Dems could accomplish something if they just showed up.

    The crying that Dems won't provide votes for a supermajority to reinstate certain funding is also bull; if the Republicans want to shut it down, shut it all down. At least everyone agreed to pay the troops.

    Also, after reading the linked article, it appears that the situation is being misrepresented in the popular media, as the impression given is that Congress is exempt from the individual mandate, as it is from the shutdown. My takeaway from that was that Congress doesn't have to buy from the exchanges, just as the 85% of the public who are covered at work don't have to. Basically the only ones who do are those eligible for the subsidies due to low income. From what I just received, those people can still apply at BCBS or anywhere else, although the BCBS mailing to current subscribers was incomprehensible in several other (essentially private) areas, such as what doctors are still in the network.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack I think both sides of the aisle lack "leadership qualities." It is all about the gotcha game because, let's face it, they are already gearing up for the next election.

    But there is a problem in that there aren't enough Moderate voices in the Senate or the House to seriously challenge the yo-yo's charged with leading them. Boehner and McConnell, though, seem to take the cake when it comes to having a clear vision or an end game for the misdeeds they do. And that has hurt the GOP the most as they take the blame (even if the point made is valid) and will surely again. It cripples the entire party. And I warned of this way back at the mid-terms when I said, to paraphrase, "if they don't use these gains wisely they will all evaporate."

    As for the shutdown, okay I get it. Obama Care was rammed through and despite claims it was legislated and enacted no one can deny how it was done. The GOP has a legitimate gripe here. But I don't think this is the way to do it either since funding for it is separate from the budget they just halted. Look, Tip O'Neill shut down government 12 times but he had an end game in mind. I don't see one here.

    The linked article is important in that it shows the hypocrisy of Congress. "Pass a Law - Make Everyone Follow It!" is my view on this. I don't think anyone deserves an exception on such a large sweeping initiative. Quite frankly I am not even sure if the fines that will be imposed on those younger people who will opt out will work and Obama Care is hugely dependent (at least cost wise) on the premise younger workers participate.

    As for Doctors in network, well I have to agree with you there. So many have slammed the door. Hell own doctor is now contemplating a cash only practice once his contract expires with his network. Of course he is older now and can do that as he transforms his practice into that of a country doctor. But hey, we have had long discussions on Health Care over the 40+ years he has treated me and what the profession must accept has at times been questionable. But make no bones here - prior to Obama Care those mergers held a significance so there is a ton of money to made here and that is what scares me when States (like Illinois?) have to administer it all on their own. Call it the money pit?

    Long story short though - a government shutdown without an endgame solves nothing my friend.

  • First you made my mistake and forgot the </b> tag. :-)

    My review of the article indicated (to me) that it really wasn't an exception, like an exception to the individual mandate would be. Maybe there is something else going on there.

    The "younger will buy" seems to be the fulcrum on whether this will or won't work, but the conservatives now say "why not make it like Social Security and everyone has to pay in?" That certainly seems to be a turnaround, in that they fought Social Security and Medicare, and the alternative would be a single payer system. Apparently the conservatives were not happy that the "undoubtedly constitutional" single payer system was not chosen over the government seizing the insurance companies. Damn Obama and Romney for coming up with a capitalist solution.

    On the endgame, the Tea Party apparently thinks that is gutting the Affordable Care Act, but since that isn't going to happen (as Chris Matthews put it, Obama isn't going to renounce his one achievement), it looks now like there isn't an endgame. Pouting that the Senate won't negotiate isn't an endgame.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks Jack just saw that.

    I think that the idea that Congress can enact law for the people and then conveniently omit themselves while having better health care than the rest is, well, unAmerican. We are paying them you know?

    Your comment, if true about everyone paying in, would indicate a monumental shift for sure. Of course we will have to wait and see how far that goes in reality too.

    Now you know my views on the Tea Party by now and they certainly haven't changed. Their actions are clearly designed to promote a two-class system favoring the wealthy. Quite frankly they are a danger to the fabric and fundamentals of a Constitutional Democracy. If they had their way we would all be serfs working their manors.

    In the end it is all about those have the money and those who don't and destroying the Middle Class in the process. (And I think both parties are guilty of that given "K'' Street's influence in public policy).

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I'm not so sure it is crushing the middle class as it is the vast number of yahoos who support them and have an insane hatred for the president from Kenya. I could name 2 on Chicago Now, for instance, but I am boycotting them.

  • In reply to jack:

    Perhaps you are right there. As for the "was he born here wasn't he born here" well that is beating a dead horse at this point into two administrations - so I hear you.

    The only reality these days is that government is dysfunctional and no matter what ideology one subscribes too, that should be the greatest concern. I think every effort should be made to encourage people to start looking closer at who is doing an honest job (or trying to anyway) and who isn't. Obstructionism is no way to govern and both have done a fair effort at that, although the GOP is intent on taking it to a completely different level. I have to agree with that guy that was just on who called his own members "Lemmings" as the Tea Party minority has basically cold-cocked their majority in the House. And that, of course, leads us right back to John Boehner's inability to rein in the renegades. And that, my friend, wouldn't have happened in the past by other Speakers.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I think the last point comes down to "Boehner isn't going to be able to save his speakership because either the Tea Party will get rid of him, or the Republicans are going to lose," as someone put it on Charlie Rose.

    The born here brings up the Fox News point "What is Cruz doing? He can't be running for President because he was born in Canada."

    To round up my pop culture review, Craig Ferguson said last night (with a lot of bleeps) "They work for us. We didn't give them the day off." I guess they taught him something different in Citizenship class than what Congress actually does. There was something similar in this week's Fox Trot.

  • In reply to jack:

    Hahahaha lmao at that Fox Trot strip - excellent! (and oh so true).

    Seriously - on point one yes think you are right there or whomever it was on Charlie Rose. As for Cruz, well he just wants his 5 minutes of Green Eggs and Spam I guess.

    Seems the only one's getting it right these days are guys like Craig Ferguson or Fox Trot - pretty sad.

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