Via Thomas Sowell & Brandon Crocker
There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going -- except for ObamaCare.
This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.
As for the House of Representatives' “RIGHT” to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have the ‘POWER’ to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion.
ObamaCare is indeed "the law of the land," as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.
But it is a matter of ‘FACT’ that members of the House of Representatives have the ‘AUTHORITY’ to make spending decisions based on their opinion. That authority does not evaporate into thin air simply because President Obama, Harry Reid or any elected official decides to have a hissy fit.
The whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.
If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run all other government activities simply because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare; that is their choice. But that is also their responsibility.
According to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, no one in the legislative branch has any business trying to change anything regarding Obamacare because “it is the law.” However! - Obamacare would not pass today. It would not have passed two years ago. It only became law because Obama’s election in 2008 ushered in short-lived Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate including a “super-majority” in the Senate, which allowed the Democrats to ram the legislation through even though no one was given a chance to read it, let alone understand it (in Nancy Pelosi’s famous words, Congress had to pass it in order to see what was in it). Even then, it only made it through Congress due to political gamesmanship. As a direct result of public opposition to this legislation, Democrats promptly lost the House and nearly lost the Senate. Yet Harry Reid says this piece of legislation is so sacrosanct that Republicans are “insane” to try to change it?
Though the President claims he should not have to agree to any alterations to Obamacare demanded by the House of Representatives, he has felt free to make changes on his own, without any input from Congress. (Indeed, he has felt free to usurp Congressional authority to change other legislation, as well, such as immigration laws.) On Obamacare, he has made such alterations as delaying the employer mandate for a year and has made other changes, without Congressional input, benefiting unions, and changing how various aspects of the law will be administered and enforced.
The Republicans in the House have essentially said, fine, we’ll approve all the funding you want in the continuing resolution, but all those breaks you’ve given to various groups need to be extended to all Americans (achieved by delaying for one year, just as Obama has done for the employer mandate, the “individual mandate” for ordinary Americans to buy Obama-approved health insurance). In response, the President and the Democratic leadership have gone ballistic. They rave about Republican “irresponsibility” and pound their chests, indignant that Obama should have to negotiate anything with the Congress. He’s the President, by gosh! He just won an election! Well, guess what? Every member of the House won elections the very same day Obama did. Yes, Congress has to deal with reality of Obama in the White House, but Obama has to deal with the reality of a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law that governs the operations of our American democracy that Harry Reid supposedly cherishes. It provides for separation of powers that the Obama administration consistently ignores. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have no problem with this unconstitutional expansion of executive powers (at least when a Democrat resides in the White House). It also provides the Congress of the United States the power to fund, or not to fund, various activities, whether or not previous Congresses have approved such activities. President Obama and the Democratic leadership do object to this (at least when Republicans control the House). To them, laws passed by Democrat majorities are inviolable and can only be changed by Democrats, even when Democrats are no longer in the majority.
When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money; that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of "legislation by appropriation" as it used to be called.
None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out -- and articulation has never been their strong suit -- the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.
There is a vocal audience of American Voters and citizens who are shouting from the house tops that they do not want this law to remain – that it should be repealed and replaced. This is not demonstrated only by consistent poll numbers; but by the FACT that dozens of Republican candidates were elected by THE PEOPLE to the House & Senate in 2010. The fact that the President forced this law on the people became the primary factor that drove these successful Republican candidacy’s in 2010 – Obama and his loyal followers only have themselves to blame. These candidates won their elections because they PROMISED the voters to do all they can to stop, repeal & replace this job killing, economy tanking, healthcare industry destroying law that is never going to deliver what it promises. There will be no free healthcare – There will still be at least 20 million uninsured people – The costs will and are already going up & premiums are already skyrocketing.
Links & Sources