READY TO TAKE ECONOMY HOSTAGE: Tom Cotton and extremists like him apparently are ready to say Obamacare must die or everyone must suffer.
So now the battle plan is in place.
Indications are that House Republicans will vote
for the Senate budget only if it s amended to "delay" implementation of the Affordable Care Act
for a year. They'd also like to cut a tax break for medical equipment suppliers, ever subservient to the big business lobby.
1) This is not good faith bargaining. Tim Griffin
and Tom Cotton
and Rick Crawford
know that delay means death to the legislation on which the president was opposed and re-elected in 2012. They also know that, were they to succeed, it would throw the exact scenario back into the middle of the 2014 election cycle for more economic terrorism.
2) It's wrong if you believe in our form of government. Obamacare is the law of the land. Republicans have the votes in the House, but not the Senate, to repeal it. It should remain the law of the land until the democratic process allows them to undo it. Government shouldn't be run by hostage takers.
I suspect the delay ploy — empty though it is — nonetheless will be more effective as a PR tool. It has a certain reasonable sound to it if you can't be bothered by the sometimes complicated fact of a system now already rolling. But if they start laying off government workers at every level next week — along with people dependent in private business on the function of government — make no mistake: The House Republicans, led by extremists like Tom Cotton and Tim Griffin, will be the people to blame.
This is a vote that Tom Coton won't miss for a fund-raiser in Texas run by a former top official of the Club for Growth.
UPDATE: Looks like the Republican shutdown
is in play.