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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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/25/13 - 11:44 am
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HA @ 11:33

"If something is a fact, does it matter where it comes from? Truth is truth"

Man, I am really taking a big chance with this, BUT to make it equally hurtful, I believe that it is TOO easy to accept what the extremes are telling us and take it as factual.

With that being said, "I think I will let the proverbial ice get a little thicker and try back later."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 11:48 am
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I never just accept what
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I never just accept what someone tells me as fact. You should know that by now....I require evidence. If you present the evidence, it desn't matter if you are slightly to the right of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Truth is truth.

dahreese
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dahreese 09/25/13 - 11:59 am
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It does not take a genius to
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It does not take a genius to see that this 'editorial' is more of a rant than an editorial.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 09/25/13 - 12:24 pm
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So many of you worship the
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So many of you worship the god of money, you ignore the mandates of the man you CLAIM to follow. You refuse to help your brothers(the poor), you clamour for more things, money, prestige and power. God mandated socialism to the apostles and their followers( Acts) and when a man and wife held some back he killed them outright. Christ, Himself, never advocated for the rich, He never said to strive for riches. Instead, He warned against the very things that many of you claiming Christianity devote everything towards. His blessing are not for you to keep, but to use to bless others.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/25/13 - 12:34 pm
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GACopprhed So I take it

GACopprhed

So I take it you're against ObamaCare? Seems how it's going to hurt so many!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/25/13 - 12:42 pm
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AC Ed Staff - For shame, for

AC Ed Staff - For shame, for shame!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/25/13 - 12:53 pm
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"Still, this country re-upped

"Still, this country re-upped for Barack Obama in 2012. In so doing, voters endorsed his disastrous health-care law"

No they did not! The voters were lied to and misled about this law from the very beginning. Those in congress admitted they didn't even know what was in the bill!

As evidenced by some of the comments on this site, it's obvious that many voters took the word of the politicians about this law.

A contract was presented to the public under false pretenses.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/25/13 - 01:03 pm
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Copperhead

So we are to assume you are posting from the free computers in the library because you have given all your salary and worldly possessions to someone less fortunate?

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Bizkit 09/25/13 - 01:08 pm
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God blessed bad like

God blessed bad like Nebuchadnezzar and good like Solomon and David with incredible wealth. Even God realizes it takes organization and means to build a temple or a kingdom. It isn't wealth that is the problem-it is worshipping it, not appreciating where it came from, and not sharing your wealth with a cheerful heart. The bible states taking wealth from those who don't want to share with a cheerful heart is called "Stealing". Big difference between giving and taking. God never instituted socialism-just the opposite he instituted a dictatorship where God is King and we all worship God. It isn't about us in the least.

dahreese
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dahreese 09/25/13 - 01:27 pm
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The bible states taking
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The bible states taking wealth from those who don't want to share with a cheerful heart is called "Stealing".

Really?!

And what chapters and verses would this be?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 01:41 pm
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Taking what doesn't belong to
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Taking what doesn't belong to you is called stealing in any book.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/25/13 - 02:41 pm
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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."

But there is no problem ignoring the 91% who want tougher background checks for gun owners? Even a majority of NRA members want tougher checks.

Be honest; part of that 70% is in favored a single payoe system and think that Obamacaredoes not go far enough.

The will of the people was expressed when voters twice chose the candidate who ran on healthcare against two candidates who ran against it. I did not agree with the election of the 2nd Bush but he was the only president we had at that time. That is the government we have. The people get to elect a candidate and you don't try to sabotage the presidency because your candidate lost.

Now if one really honors the will of the people they will dispense with this temper tantrum calling for a shut down of the government. This president was legitimately elected.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/25/13 - 02:43 pm
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We would all soon found out

We would all soon found out how horrible Obmacare is going to be if the president would stop exempting his friends, supporters, and contributors.

How about you working taxPAYERS.....have you received your exemption yet? No, didn't think so.

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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 03:03 pm
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America Gives More to Poor

America has given billions to those deemed "poor" in the last 50 years. No other country has ever given such a percentage of its income to the "poor." Of course some of you may disagree and say the Soviet Union or China did, but we all know how that turned out.

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harley_52 09/25/13 - 03:04 pm
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"We are not to judge whether or not the person needs help....

....but to do so irregardless."

Baloney.

Nonsense.

We judge everything. Nobody gives their money away, or takes any actions, without making judgements. If they do, they are fools.

We live our lives by making judgements and decisions. If we make bad ones, we suffer the consequences. If we make good ones, we succeed.

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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 03:08 pm
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Obamacare is a mathematical equation

Obamacare is a mathematical equation. Some believe taxpayers can provide health care insurance, equivalent to what they purchase, to 40 million uninsured without anyone having to pay more. That old guy at the town meeting at the nursing home who laughed at that still represents the truth best.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 03:09 pm
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"Obamacare will NOT hurt so
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"Obamacare will NOT hurt so many, unless you're talking about the medical industry and the medical insurance industry."

Yeah...to heck with them....let them go under....along with those who have 2 working spouses who will now have to get separate policies at a higher cost.....who cares about them?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 03:11 pm
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Truth matters...what exactly
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Truth matters...what exactly do the "91%" (source please) what done in these tougher background checks. You are comparing apples to oranges anyway. The Constitution insures your right to bear arms, it does NOT insure your right to health insurance.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 03:26 pm
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"So many of you worship the
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"So many of you worship the god of money, you ignore the mandates of the man you CLAIM to follow."

Gacopperhead...you and those like you are some of the most charitible people I have ever seen....with someone else's money. I'm sure you barely have enough to get by, since you have given most of what you earn to charity, and your fellow man to help them pay for their insurance, like you want the rest of us to be forced to do. Surely you aren't just being hypocritical.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 03:40 pm
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"Now if one really honors the
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"Now if one really honors the will of the people they will dispense with this temper tantrum calling for a shut down of the government."

Who's calling for a shutdown of the government? All they have to do is give the working class Americans the same delay and break that the President gave his corporate buddies, and the continuing resolution will be passed. It's the Democrats who are threatening to shut down the government....the ball is in their court.

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dahreese 09/25/13 - 04:28 pm
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“ It's the Democrats who are
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“ It's the Democrats who are threatening to shut down the government....”


....the ball is in their court.”"

As I recall, it was the Republicans in the GWB administration who said “deficits don’t matter.”

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 04:36 pm
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Nice complete change of
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Nice complete change of subject after being proven wrong, dahreese....I expect no less of you.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/25/13 - 04:40 pm
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"Now if one really honors the

"Now if one really honors the will of the people they will dispense with this temper tantrum calling for a shut down of the government."

This was NEVER the will of the people. Over half of the people opposed Obamacare the day it was passed and EVEN MORE oppose it now.

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burninater 09/25/13 - 04:56 pm
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"Look, no one opposes the

"Look, no one opposes the job-killing Obamacare more than this page. It’s actually inflating health-care costs, sometimes staggeringly ..."

Actually, this is an entirely false statement. The rate of inflation of healthcare costs in the U.S. peaked at 9.7% in 2002, decreased steadily to 3.9% in 2009, and has been holding steady there. This is the LOWEST rate of healthcare inflation since the 1960's.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/353475/slowdown-health-care-inflati...

Individual SPENDING on healthcare has increased because there has been a steady shifting of the cost burden from employers and insurers to policy holders.

Considering the decline in the healthcare cost inflation rate has been so widely reported, I would recommend y'all at the ACES spend a little more time researching the issue. In the otherwise refreshingly open-eyed assessment of actual political reality of this editorial, this is a glaring error.

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harley_52 09/25/13 - 04:48 pm
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Only One Man....

....has the power to "shut down" the federal government.

The President.

It is entirely his call.

No Republican has proposed any legislation, nor any budget cut, that requires the government be "shut down."

Pure political theater.

burninater
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burninater 09/25/13 - 04:54 pm
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"Obama may go down in history

"Obama may go down in history for one thing if nothing else. The first President to serve not one, but two terms while NEVER operating under a budget."
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This is also entirely false. The last time we had a full budget, signed into law, was 1997. We have been operating on "Continuing Resolutions" since that date.

Not only is Pres. Obama not the first President to so operate, he's not even the first president to serve two terms under such conditions.

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dahreese 09/25/13 - 04:55 pm
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Seems to me that if “deficits
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Seems to me that if “deficits don’t matter” the Republicans have no reason to get their panties in a wad over “Obamacare” and threatening to shut down the government because of it.

dahreese
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dahreese 09/25/13 - 04:55 pm
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Seems to me that if “deficits
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Seems to me that if “deficits don’t matter” the Republicans have no reason to get their panties in a wad over “Obamacare” and threatening to shut down the government because of it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/25/13 - 05:05 pm
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Still trying that diversion,
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Still trying that diversion, dahreese?

burninater
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burninater 09/25/13 - 05:09 pm
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"Only One Man....has the

"Only One Man....has the power to "shut down" the federal government. The President. It is entirely his call."
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Huh? Where does the Constitution grant this authority?

I'm starting to feel like I'm living an episode of MythBusters ...

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