Ahead of a likely U.S. House vote on a government funding bill, Yahoo asked conservative and Republican voters whether they’d prefer their representatives vote to fund the government or gut the Affordable Care Act. Here’s one voter’s perspective.
COMMENTARY | On Friday Congress will probably vote on a stopgap bill that would not only avoid a partial government shutdown, but also defund Obamacare. As someone with strong fiscal conservative leanings, I am discouraged by the thought of Congress passing on defunding Obamacare in favor of a partial government shutdown. I would consider it an embarrassing moment in this country’s history.
If you do not have enough money to run your own business, you do not take on another debt if you want to return to financial strength. The government has a responsibility to lead this nation and it would be neglecting responsibility if it were to either execute a partial shutdown, or allow Obamacare to keep funding. We need to return to financial strength, and Congress needs to lead us.
Overspending without having enough money coming in was an issue that landed many in bankruptcy court before and after the financial meltdown. By passing on the option to defund Obamacare, Congress would prove it is fiscally inept and did not learn anything from the financial crisis overspending and over-borrowing caused in this nation a few short years ago. I have spent my life watching the city of Detroit suffer from the same type of political and fiscal ineptitude; look at what has happened here. Representative Sander Levin (D-Mich) has already stated he would rather raise the debt ceiling, and (in my eyes) has proven politicians from this area learn no lessons. Financially, passing on the option to defund Obamacare would be an embarrassment to all of Congress.
President Barack Obama’s promise to veto a bill that would defund Obamacare is also embarrassing. The president should lead by example, too, but apparently he is more concerned with the plan he fathered than avoiding the partial government shutdown. Selfishness on the part of the country’s lead politician does not bode well for a country trying to heal from its financial injuries.
President Obama is probably playing close attention to reports, such as the one by John David Dyche or statements by Karl Rove that point to a government shutdown as deadly for Republicans. The president should not be playing political games with the future financial stability of the federal government. If Obamacare has to lose its financial backing to keep the government above water, it is what needs to be done.
L. Vincent Poupard is a fiscal conservative and has worked as a political/business consultant in the Metro Detroit area.