We can all agree that “The Affordable Care Act” has been debated to death amidst much dissension, before, during and after it became law. What we cannot seem to agree on now is where the debate should end.
Abraham Lincoln lead this country during a contentious civil war, something no other president has laid claim to previously or since. What was going on in this nation’s political circles wasn’t that far afield from what is going on now. Lincoln, in an effort to steer the citizens of this great country to a renewed unity of spirit, said in his Second Innaugural Speech, “With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”
Yesterday in a speech before the U.S. Senate, Republican Senator, John McCain, used those eloquent words, “With Malice toward none, with charity for all…” to challenge the Senate to offer leadership for laying the Obamacare battle, that can’t be won anyway, to rest, and to move on with the work the peoples’ representative have been elected to do.
Basically McCain said, “The people have spoken.” McCain made it perfectly clear that Republicans, when they took on this fight, already knew it couldn’t be won, and that they were misleading the voters to believe it could. McCain went on to say, “I’m ashamed…all of us should be.” If McCain’s speech was a white flag of surrender, it’s time for somebody to step forward and acknowledge it.
We know longer live in an isolated country. We are part of a global community. We are world leaders in that global community, and our elected officials have managed to present a bipolar-dysfunctional presence to countries who look to us for leadership.
Our citizens are incubating new health care problems as they toss and turn through sleepless nights, agonizing over where it will all end. Depending on the polls you read, 71% or 72% of the voters in this country do not approve of what this Congress is doing over it’s refusal to pass a budget.
The Tea Party Republicans would lead the voters to believe that they have passed a fully funded budget three times in the last week, but the truth as Congressional Member from Iowa, Stephen King, reports it is, “The House has voted three times to fund the entire government with the exception of ObamaCare. ” That pretty much explains the stale mate.
President Obama says, “If you’re in negotiations around buying somebody’s house, you don’t get to say, ‘Well, let’s talk about the price I’m going to pay, and if you don’t give the price then I’m going to burn down your house.’ That’s not how negotiations work… In the same way, members of Congress — and the House Republicans in particular — don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs. And two of their very basic jobs are passing a budget and making sure that America is paying its bills.”
The House of Representatives have already voted over 40 times to defund or delay the health care law, Despite the fact Obamacare went into effect in the market place on October 1st, they continue in hot pursuit of Obamacare like they can still shut it down. They can’t.
Obama has explained that the government can continue to pay its bills during a government shut-down, but it during an economic shut-down, it cannot. To do so puts the world economy in peril. It’s time for the House of Representatives to do the job they were elected to do, and obstructionism wasn’t in the job description when they were running for congress. One of the founding principles that keeps this country spinning is paying the bills. So let’s pay them.
J.F.K. said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
The American voters expect Congress to do their jobs and pay the bills, so get over it and get on with it.