Skip to comments.Standing on Conservative Principle is Silly
Posted on 07/31/2013 8:48:04 AM PDT by xzins
Standing on conservative principle such as opposing the spending that implements Obamacare is silly, at least if you are an establishment Republican, like Tennessee's Senator Robert Corker.
Corker is the latest in a long line of establishment Republicans to ridicule and oppose the efforts of Utahs principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Mike Lee and others to defeat the spending bills that implement Obamacare.
In Corker's formulation such an effort is "silly" and those in favor of it "don't have the courage to roll up our sleeves and deal with real deficit reduction and spending decisions."
So lets see if we have this right. Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz oppose Obamacare and they oppose spending money to implement it. Senator Corker and others claim they oppose Obamacare, but they support spending money to implement it.
We will leave it to our readers to tell us which is more ridiculous: spending money on something you claim to oppose, or opposing Obamacare and all its works.
This aint rocket science, all it takes, as Senator Lee observed, is for Republicans to vote NO.
"If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect," Lee told "Fox & Friends."
Lees key point is that withholding money from further enforcement and implementation of Obamacare and would not affect the portions of the law already in effect, including provisions on pre-existing conditions and children being able to stay on their parents' plans until age 26.
Lees goal and it is one we heartily endorse is to take-out the individual mandate.
Corker, who claims to oppose Obamacare and be a fiscal conservative, is also the co-author of the infamous Corker Hoeven amendment that paved the way for the passage of S. 744, Senates Gang of Eight amnesty for illegal immigrants bill.
The public ridicule from Corker, and others of his ilk, is obviously intended to support the behind the scenes maneuvering by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and other establishment Republicans to stymie the Lee effort to defund Obamacare.
The reluctance of the Senate Republican leadership to draw a line in the sand and join conservatives like Lee, Paul and Cruz to stand against Obamacare is even more puzzling when one looks at the results of the latest CBS News poll on the issue.
The new CBS News poll found that more Americans than ever 54 percent disapprove of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).
But the establishments clumsy effort to stifle the Lees plan to defund Obamacare has prompted a surge in grassroots conservative demands for Senate Republicans to back Lees efforts to stop Obamacare before the Obama administration begins to fully implement the law.
Conservative commentator and talk radio superstar Mark Levin, the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Freedom Works all weighing-in to support of Lees effort.
In ridiculing an effort backed by conservatives Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, as well as more establishment-type Republicans like John Thune of South Dakota and Mark Kirk of Illinois, Corker is playing by the typical Capitol Hill rules of say one thing, while actually doing another.
Republicans, by voting to fund Obamacare, are putting people out of work, driving up healthcare costs, and hurting families. Republicans are not listening to voters who hate the law if they fund Obamacare.
Any Republican, starting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who chooses to fund Obamacare should be primaried.
With 54 percent of those polled telling CBS that they disapprove of Obamacare and 38 percent saying they expect to be personally hurt by the Obamacare law, the advertisements in those Republican primaries, as Erick Erickson said, write themselves.
Do npt look at me like that...
I have NEVER voted for him...
I voted for Ed Bryant, one of the House attorneys against Bill Clinton...
Corker infamously appeared as a guest on the Hugh Hewitt Show where he revealed himself to then be utterly clueless about the contents of his own bill.
I was thinking of giving you a bit of jazz over this guy....
When Corker gets back home for the August recess, Tennesseans should have a long talk with that boy.
As we all should, they all should go back after recess, totally overwhelmed by their responsibility to “We The People”
All of this is moot, Obama has once again come up with the perfect solution, simply hire more government employees at al levels and the increased tax revene will pay down the deficit. It’s so simple I guess no one ever thought about it except...the writer of an old comic strip called “Hollyhock”. Decades ago the strip ran a daily showing a local nutcase promising to give everybody everything. When the little girl “Hollyhock” asked him how he intended to pay for it he puffed himself up and said, “It’s very simple, we have amassed a HUGE DEFICIT, why don’t we spend some of that?”
Obama must have read the strip because he makes as little sense as the guy in the comic strip.
Corker? I hardly know her.
One of Corker’s failed primary foes from last election (the Black Lady that came in last) is running against Lamar!.
It is silly, to a man with no principles.
Same thing with abortion and all those other federal programs the GOP claims to oppose but always fund.
Corker needs a solano-pepper-and-Chinese-mustard enema.
Maybe that would help that quivering, jellylike notochord of his to solidify into a spine.