Breaking bad

Dems happily accept Republicans' offer to play the villain over Obamacare

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Washington, the seat of power for the most powerful nation in history, is both broke and broken.


Led by a Democratic Senate that purposely and unconstitutionally chose not to pass a budget for an entire presidential term, Congress has failed utterly in its most basic duty, which is to structure the federal government’s finances. This is why we’re having a “showdown” at the end of this month; the most reviled, most maligned Congress in our lifetimes couldn’t even agree on a blueprint for spending – and must now pass a temporary “continuing resolution” to keep the lights on into October.

Pray remind us, what are we paying you gilded members of Congress for?

And, oh by the way, does anyone think they’ll have to live with the Obamacare disaster that they’ve carved out for the rest of us? So, not only have they completely failed in their most fundamental tasks, but they’re also likely to protect themselves from our health care fates.

Meanwhile, they even appear unable to simply agree on the emergency spending resolution: Led by kamikaze budget hawk Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a large faction of Republicans apparently won’t agree to fund the government unless Democrats and President Obama agree to kill their baby, Obamacare, in its crib.

What planet do they think that will happen on?

Look, no one opposes the job-killing Obamacare more than this page. It’s actually inflating health-care costs, sometimes staggeringly – after we were promised the law would bend the cost curve downward. It’s a proven job killer, as companies nationwide are cutting back hours, and likely positions, to avoid hefty Obamacare mandates and fines. It’s also putting the IRS between us and our doctors. What could possibly go wrong there?

Still, this country re-upped for Barack Obama in 2012. In so doing, voters endorsed his disastrous health-care law – and inadvertently, perhaps, signed up for four more years of economic stagnation.

It’s a monumental, historic blunder on our part. But to repeat: This country signed up for this. What makes Ted Cruz or any other Republican think the Democrats are going to cave on this, just to avoid a government “shutdown” that will undoubtedly be blamed on the Republicans? Just about everybody but Cruz knows the last government shutdown in the 1990s was blamed squarely on Republicans, and will be this time as well.

They can argue all they want that it will actually be Obama and the Democrats shutting the government down. Technically, that will be true. But you think the public will care about technicalities when the president trots out all the schoolchildren, veterans and retirees who will be hurt, while he’s cheered on by a left-wing news media?

Not only will Republicans most likely be blamed for any government shutdown, but they also will probably make Obamacare look like an innocent victim in all of this.

Only Republicans would be stupid enough to make Obamacare smell like a rose!

All along, the “news” media will eagerly pass along the absolute fiction, perpetrated by Democrats, that there’s not a dime’s worth of fat that can be cut from the federal budget – and that, therefore, there’s no alternative but to raise the debt ceiling to keep on borrowing and keep on dragging our children to financial ruin.

Set against mean-old Republicans that will be seen as 1) denying people health care and 2) shutting the government down to do it, the Democratic path to financial collapse will be neatly cleared of all undergrowth.

For all their prideful, egocentric, plume-filled preening on the nightly news, our leaders in Washington are destroying this country.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/25/13 - 08:30 am
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Thank you

Thank you for the down thumb, it means you just don't want to admit the truth!!

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 09/25/13 - 08:33 am
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First, it's laughable that
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First, it's laughable that Cruz is considered a possible Presidential candidate. After the Birthers raised so much stink about Obama, no one mentions that Cruz was born in CANADA. Too funny. He also, in his reading of "Green Eggs and Ham" neglects the ending that says "I LIKE them Sam I am"! We could greatly lower the cost of health care by doing either of two things: Require health insurance companies to be non-profit, thus all extra money would be required to be used for those who actually pay the premiums, or to actually lower the cost of those premiums, or to require that all or a major percentage of profits to go back to lowering the cost of premiums. Another idea would be to require that the insurance companies pay their percentage of the medical costs irregardless of whether or not the insured pays their part. This would allow the insured to negotiate with the doctors themselves to lower costs by having the doctor accept the insurance payment as full compensation for their service.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 08:53 am
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Republicans did offer health

Republicans did offer health care bills also but a Dem controlled Congress had full control and created "their" own law ignoring Rep. Funny now the shoe is on the other foot Dems are balking in the House and have the audacity to complain. Now we see Dems reluctant or incapable of implementing this seminal legislation. Rep should be demanding Obama and Dems implement the law as legally obliged. Strange we are sequestering a non-existent budget that doesn't decrease spending, and then spend money we don't have for a new health care bureaucracy for a a law no one wants to implement. Is this Bizarro World?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:00 am
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Medicare is paid for by the
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Medicare is paid for by the people who receive it. SNAP is NOT. That is why conservatives complain more about one than the other. It is the freeloaders, and those who live off of their votes that complain about the other.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/25/13 - 09:01 am
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"Every week, there is a new
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"Every week, there is a new crisis announced in this column, on Fox News, and by all the talk radio pundits."
DanK, the point is every week our country is being harmed by the LYING, RACIST, Marxist/communist in the WH. Most of the world is laughing at us but what can we expect when we have community organizer for a president.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:02 am
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"Every week, there is a new
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"Every week, there is a new crisis announced in this column, on Fox News, and by all the talk radio pundits. Every week, we are told that the sky is falling. We've been hearing it for 8 years. Every week, we've been told that the U.S. is going to collapse completely if the purest of the pure Republicans don't get their way. It's all so theatrical, so obvious ..... so tiresome."

Tiresome maybe, but evident as well. This has been the longest, slowest, most anemic recovery in history, yet if you mention that we are implementing more and more failed economic policies, you are accused of saying "the sky is falling!" How about those who keep saying "there's nothing to see here" or "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain?"

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:03 am
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"First, it's laughable that
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"First, it's laughable that Cruz is considered a possible Presidential candidate. "

Who said he was running for President?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:04 am
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" Require health insurance
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" Require health insurance companies to be non-profit?"

And their motivation to remain in business would be?????????

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 09:18 am
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Hillary running for President

Hillary running for President is really the most ridiculous and hilarious. I don't think she has a snowballs chance from the results of the Dem Obama administration. Is she going to maintain these same policies if she elected-not a snowballs chance. Dems really are just as divided as Rep but they are better at hiding any contention. The Rep party was taken over by a minority of fundamentalist christians which has led to this chaos. The Dems are united now by a minority of fundamentalist progressives but I believe this will led to the same chaos in the Dem party as the Rep are now experiencing. Politics shore does run in cycles. Dem platforms become Rep platform and vice versa the only thing they agree on is disagreeing.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 09:24 am
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The sky was falling with 8

The sky was falling with 8 years of Bush so it seems "fair" to have the sky falling with 8 years of Obama. I know Obama always supports what is fair so he would demand the same scrutiny because he hold such a transparent office that would hold up to scrutiny or phony scandals. Sheesh.

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jimmymac 09/25/13 - 09:26 am
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OBAMACARE
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The republicans are missing the boat on this issue. They should allow Obamacare to happen. The people that voted for Obama should get to deal with the fruits of their decision. It will hang around every person in congress's neck like a mill stone once the effects hit the people. It's what they wanted so give it to them in spades. Make sure to publish the names of everyone who supported this debacle.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 09:28 am
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Require insurance companies

Require insurance companies to be non-profit, require everyone to have health insurance, require pharmaceutical companies and physicians to be non-profit, require everyone receive all vaccinations, require all people to eat healthy, exercise, and maintain healthy weight, require all people to be patriotic and pay 35-50% of the income in taxes. Gosh our govt sure could have lots of requirements. Sounds like paradise don't it?

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carcraft 09/25/13 - 09:29 am
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Funny that People in

Funny that People in Washington DC making $ 100,000.00 to $150,00.00 / year and many are millionairs on top of that need a 75% subsidy to afford health care under the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT...LOL.. What a complete crock

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 09:30 am
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Quote from editorial

"Washington, the seat of power for the most powerful nation in history, is both broke and broken"

Is this statement EVEN TRUE anymore??!! How can our country be "THE TOP" when we have SOOO MUCH debt? How can we be on top when we back down from Russia? How can we be on top when we have come to a point where we can't depend on our "allies"? All good questions which, I believe, the answers will show that The US is no longer seen as "THE TOP"!!

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rmwhitley 09/25/13 - 09:32 am
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muslim brotherhood,
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Welcome! Your idiot friends on the left have opened the floodgates for your arrival. I'm learning to kneel, what 5, 6 times a day.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 09:38 am
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"This is why we’re having a “showdown” at the end of this month; the most reviled, most maligned Congress in our lifetimes"

And why is this happening?! The "gang" is trying, for the ump-teenth time, to kill Obamacare for most likely many other reasons than the budget!! The "gang" knows that they have got to make a lot of political hey dure the 3 more years of Obama!!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:41 am
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T3, the man you voted for is
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T3, the man you voted for is doing all he can, as he promised, to ensure that we are NOT on the top.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:42 am
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Are you saying that the
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Are you saying that the republicans are wrong for trying to kill a law that a huge majority of the working class people of this country don't want?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 09:43 am
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quote from editorial

"Pray remind us, what are we paying you gilded members of Congress for?"

How about THE BIGGEST REASON being to parrot the views of the typical Republican and Democratic voters!! You know, "The regular people, like for example commenters, that would like to rip each other apart!!"

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 09:43 am
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I agree Car, DC has the

I agree Car, DC has the highest density of millionaires and govt employees are paid more than private counterpoints and they need assistance to pay for health benefits???? We need to redistribute their wealth to those who need it should be what all Congress insists on because they are patriotic. Guess not eh.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 09:46 am
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What is it? Close to 70% of

What is it? Close to 70% of Americans don't want Obamacare? And this is treated like it is some radical ridiculous notion. Tells how politicians and the media sees voters.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:47 am
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Exactly, Biz.....shame on
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Exactly, Biz.....shame on them for trying to ensure the will of the people is enacted over the will of the ruling class.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 09:50 am
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"And, oh by the way, does anyone think they’ll have to live with the Obamacare disaster that they’ve carved out for the rest of us"

It has been stated there are ALWAYS growing pains in the first time period of massive new government programs. Obamacare will have 3 years to prove itself or drop like the proverbial rock.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 09:55 am
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"So, not only have they completely failed in their most fundamental tasks"

SOOO, I guess the Republicans; of the day; should have defeated Social Security, Medicare, and the drug program??!! Why don't you all do something about welfare, food-stamps, and Medicaid??!!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:55 am
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T3...the problem with that
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T3...the problem with that preverbial rock is that it is poised to drop squarely on the heads of the American people. We don't need another massive government program. We can't afford it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 09:58 am
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"SOOO, I guess the
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"SOOO, I guess the Republicans; of the day; should have defeated Social Security, Medicare, and the drug program??!! Why don't you all do something about welfare, food-stamps, and Medicaid??!!"

I agree......we should have NEVER had ANY of these socialistic programs. As far as welfare, medicaid, and food stamps (into which the recipients pay nothing) it's the progressives that fight to keep them alive.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 10:02 am
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"Meanwhile, they even appear unable to simply agree on the emergency spending resolution: Led by kamikaze budget hawk Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a large faction of Republicans"

THE WORST ENEMIES of the Republican Party are "THE HARD LINERS"!! As long as these Republicans have a large voice in our government, The Republican Party WILL ALWAYS BE viewed as a non-inclusive and party for the rich and powerful which "BY THE WAY" is soooo true!!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 10:04 am
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Why do you consider
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Why do you consider Republican's non-inclusive? Who are they non-inclusive to, and why do you feel that way? Just curious. Why do you NOT see the Democrats as a party for the rich and powerful? How many of the Democratic leaders are middle class?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 10:06 am
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The Republican party isn't
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The Republican party isn't for the rich and powerful.....they are for the hard working and successful, where the Democrats tend to be for the non-working and dependent. Maybe that is where the disconnect is.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 10:07 am
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"Look, no one opposes the job-killing Obamacare more than this page"

AS LONG AS divisivness, like this news paper lasts, Republicans and Democrats are going to rapidly move to the extremes of left and right!

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