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gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 09/19/13 - 08:40 am
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Perhaps …

I know the old guard Republicans fear that this would be a repeat of the Newt / Clinton episode, but this is not the 1990’s.

If the Republican House can’t get together with the Dem Senate and the White House, the government might be “shut down”. But “who” gets the blame rests on Barack Obama’s ability to convince the American demos that it’s the Republicans. He’s been tooting that horn since he came into office.

The point is that even a left leaning Politico poll shows that Obama’s trust numbers have plummeted to 45% in June (http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/obama-approval-poll-92889.html) and a recent Gallup poll shows them down even further at 42% this month (http://www.gallup.com/poll/164393/fewer-americans-ever-trust-gov-handle-...)

After almost 5 years, American’s are waking up the fact that President Obama lies more that a pre-owned Yugo salesman. It’s not clear that the public will buy it this time.

But more importantly is that there are apparently some real conservatives in the House willing to do the right thing regardless of the perceived risk. There is a small, but growing group of politicians that seem to really care more about the future of this country than they do their own political careers. They are to be admired, encouraged and re-elected.

Nancy Pelosi once complained about those “Tea Party” types, saying “To my Republican friends: Take back your party, so that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election”. That was in 2011 and she was right. That is why there is such a rift in the Republican Party now.

I, for one, would rather see them do the right thing and fail than to see them lay down in an attempt to stay in office. If the GOP is just going to be a branch of the Democrat Party, they may as well go away.

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deestafford 09/19/13 - 08:55 am
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Let me say two things about the '94 shut down.

First, I can't remember which of my books it's in, but the Clinton White House was within 24 hours of agreeing with Newt and going along with the proposal; however, the Senate led by Senator (R) Bob Dole caved and the "shut down" failed.

Second, people seem to forget that the Republicans picked up seats in the next election after the "shut down''. So, it was not the disaster that is portrayed.

obamacare is the biggest job killer ever passed by Congress. Let me correct that. Only the democrats passed it without a single Republican vote. Look at what UPS, WalGreen's, and many other employers are doing with their insurance coverage because they cannot continue to provide insurance as they currently are as a result of obomacare. It was just announced that the Chicago Health Company, the largest employer
in Ohio is giving 3000 people early retirement because of the obamacare cost. There are small companies having to face the choice of dropping all insurance for their employees or shutting their doors.

Rick McKee
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Rick McKee 09/19/13 - 10:02 am
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Shut down

A lot of people, including Obama supporters, are just now finding out how bad Obamacare is going to be. The Republicans tried to stop it. They failed. Now they should just stand aside, let it happen and let Obama and the Democrats take the blame. When your opponent is self-destructing, the last thing you should do is get in his way, which the GOP seems bent on doing.

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jimmymac 09/19/13 - 10:40 am
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I couldn't agree any more. I've felt all along that instead of fighting against Obamacare the Republicans should fight to get it implemented. It should doom all who voted for it when the effects come to light. Stand out of the way and let the Obama followers go right down the drain with it.

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Fiat_Lux 09/19/13 - 11:10 am
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Well Rick, that's a great idea, in theory

But the reality of N'Obamacare might not be something a whole lot of people can survive, because of what it will do to their ability to earn a living and support their families, and equally important, because of what it will do to medical care in the US.

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Darby 09/19/13 - 11:36 am
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I tend to agree with Rick, but only because

far too many Republicans have feet of clay.

If you put them all together, I doubt you could make one full backbone out of the lot.

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Jake 09/19/13 - 11:47 am
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Hmmmm....

....maybe the Grand Old Pachyderm is trying to dig-up some honorable Republicans from the past who might actually sit down and compromise with the Democrats and become relevant again.

Darby
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Darby 09/19/13 - 12:09 pm
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Jake, don't know about you, but since JFK, I

haven't seen a Democrat with the political integrity to discuss, negotiate or compromise with any degree of honor.

All you can count on with the current crop is a virtual knife in the back.

No, IMHO, the only plausible path for Republicans is to stop playing the Democrat game of dodge-ball, take the high road, forget about "what it takes to get reelected" and work their way into control.

If they can't or won't do that, then their only recourse is to stand aside (as Rick suggested) and allow the Dems to bring the economy to it's knees.

Then, the normal political cycle will see voters turn to conservative policies.

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The plan to deny funding for OzBamaCare could work, but only if enough Republicans were willing to accept the causalities that would entail.

That's not gonna happen.

deestafford
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deestafford 09/19/13 - 06:15 pm
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The problem with standing aside

and let the obamacare going into effect and the dems/socialists/fascists/statists suffering the consequences is that once the people start latching on and sucking the teat of the government subsidies that come with the program it will be nearly impossible to break that lip lock.

I can't think of any government subsidy program that has been eliminated once it has been in place, can you? Maybe reduced, but not eliminated.

gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 09/19/13 - 09:17 pm
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With respect ...

Rick I almost always agree with you and normally I would agree with this tactic. But not on the "Affordable" Care Act. Our Republic may already be too far gone to recover, but if we can't stop this now, we will not continue to be the prosperous country we are and our middle class will all but disappear.

This is too important to just sit back so someone else can take the blame.

Love your cartoon though. It got people talking. Keep up the good work!

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