Question: If you’re the incoming Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vows to block the repeal of ObamaCare, do you
(A) Ignore him?
(B) Retreat from your commitment to repeal ObamaCare?
(C) Send him the following letter:
Thank you for reminding us – and the American people – of the backroom deal that you struck behind closed doors with ‘Big Pharma,’ resulting in bigger profits for the drug companies, and higher prescription drug costs for 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D, at a cost to the taxpayers of $42.6 billion.
The House is going to pass legislation to repeal that now. You’re welcome.
– Speaker-Designate John Boehner’s Press Office
I’m happy (and shocked) to report that C is the correct answer. It appears that the House Republicans do intend to not only make good on their ObamaCare repeal promise, but will do so with confidence and courage. And why not? They have We the People to back them up.
That is, of course, if they don’t botch their newfound support in other ways:
Many people knowledgeable about the federal budget said House Republicans could not keep their campaign promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending in a single year. Now it appears that Republicans agree.
As they prepare to take power on Wednesday, Republican leaders are scaling back that number by as much as half, aides say, because the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, will be nearly half over before spending cuts could become law.
They’re already making excuses on why they can’t cut as much as they said they would. But for the sake of discussion, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt by accepting their excuses and assuming that they will go ahead and eventually cut that $100 billon. I can’t help but ask, “So what?” That’s nothing compared to the overall deficit picture.
Republicans keep talking about returning to 2008 spending levels, as if President Bush was somehow responsible with our money during his eight years in office. They’re going to have to roll back spending levels well beyond two years to earn the American people’s trust again. Despite everything that’s happened since the Tea Party began, I still don’t think they get the mood of the country and what’s necessary to fully turn the ship around.
Fortunately, though, they have We the People to continually inform them. And if they still don’t get it, we’ll replace them with people who do. Because in 2012, after two more years to prepare, there will be plenty of us to take them on.