Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Patricia Evans on Republican Bait-and-Switching

From Patricia Evans:

"The deceptions never seem to end. Instead of defunding ObamaCare, Republican leaders are still working behind-the-scenes in an attempt to both fool the American people into believing that they oppose ObamaCare while they do everything in their power to ensure that ObamaCare becomes a permanent fixture on the American landscape.  In plain English, House Republican Leaders are proposing to push the Senate to take a token vote on defunding ObamaCare (which is doomed to fail), and then allow the Senate to immediately take another vote to fund ObamaCare. In doing so, they would ensure that ObamaCare is funded while maintaining the illusion to an unsuspecting public that Republicans don't want ObamaCare funded. From:  BREAKING: House GOP ‘Hocus Pocus’ to Fund ObamaCare (While Claiming to Oppose It) http://www.americanclarion.com/23915/2013/09/10/breaking-house-gop-hocus-pocus-to-fund-obamacare-while-claiming-to-oppose-it/

Call your Congressman right now and tell them: Oppose Boehner’s "deem and pass" rule and Defund ObamaCare– no strings attached. See contact information for Virginia below.
This Thursday (9/12), the House of Representatives will vote on a government funding plan.
 
We only have 48 hours to stop the Boehner-Cantor “bait and switch.”  Remember, any House member who votes for the “deem and pass” rule is voting for ObamaCare.
 
Obama ally John Boehner and his cronies are planning to use an obscure parliamentary procedure (“Deem and Pass”) that makes it look like they’re defunding Obamacare.  They came up with a scheme to protect Republicans who vote to fund ObamaCare. Under Boehner’s “Deem and Pass” rule, your Representative can vote to Defund ObamaCare. But their plan won’t stop Harry Reid from funding ObamaCare, with Your tax dollars.
 
This procedure is complicated and confusing. That’s why they’re using it. “Deem and Pass” will let the House pass a bill that defunds ObamaCare. But it makes that bill meaningless. Because the Senate can just fund ObamaCare, and Obama can sign the bill into law. The Obama-Republicans will claim they defunded ObamaCare. But they won’t be telling the truth. We need to demand an end to the lies and the tricks. We can stop this by stopping the “rule” that governs the ObamaCare vote.
 

Stop the rule. Stop “deem and pass.” No more lies.
 
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House GOP Leaders Prepare “Hug It Out” Strategy to Fund Obamacare.                 
 
Eric Cantor is always looking for new and imaginative ways to screw conservatives. He has Pete Sessions (R-TX), as Rules Chairman, helping him with his latest creative way to screw conservatives. I’ve already well documented Pete Sessions’s increasingly bitter attitude toward Ted Cruz and staggering contempt of his own constituents who want to defund Obamacare.
 
Cantor and Sessions’ latest idea tops even his most absurd shenanigans. The plan is to pass the real CR that fully funds Obamacare, then pass a fake bill that defunds Obamacare. The Senate will pass the CR, and throw the defunding bill in the garbage. But, Cantor and Session’s theory is that conservatives are so stupid that they will clap like trained seals at the fake bill, and meanwhile not notice that the House just fully funded Obamacare.
 
Let me break down their plan for you. House leadership will pass a continuing resolution in the House. It will fund Obamacare. Cantor and Sessions will also make sure a separate resolution to defund Obamacare gets passed that would amend the CR to defund Obamacare if the Senate votes for it, which they of course will not. These two separate votes will be combined with great fan fare to make it look like House Republicans are voting for a CR that defunds Obamacare. But the Senate will pass the CR that funds Obamacare, sending it to the President, and ignore the defund resolution.

Obamacare will be fully funded, but the GOP will get to tell its voters that it supported defunding Obamacare. Yes, they did. But only because they rigged the defunding effort to fail. This is a head pat to conservatives designed to screw them and the nation at a time more and more Americans are seeing employers shove them to part time work, cutting spousal benefits, or refusing insurance altogether because of Obamacare.

Consequently, conservatives need to rally immediately for House conservatives to vote against the rule on this. Outside groups need to make clear they will score against any rule that does this.

Here is how the Politico explains it:
In 2011, the same procedure was used to satisfy promises Obama, Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had agreed to in the course of averting another shutdown that spring. On a 53-47 vote, the Senate rejected the resolution to defund health care reform. Shortly after, on a more bipartisan 81-19 basis, the funding resolution passed and went to Obama.
The arrangement allows all sides to express themselves, but it surrenders the shutdown leverage that some conservatives hunger for. And given the uncertain support from House Democrats, Boehner could be forced to go further to the right and commit the bill outright to defunding health care reform.
See that — it allows conservatives to get it off their chest without really doing jack. It’s the hug it out strategy.

They don’t really want to pick a fight. They were hoping to use the Syrian mess as a way to get leverage against the President on delaying a part of Obamacare. But given the way the Syrian mess is collapsing and Republicans are opposing it on their own, Cantor and Boehner’s leverage has gone away.

Now they’ve got to fall back and at least make a show of it.

Much like the other 30 symbolic votes to end Obamacare, they will again vote symbolically to end it, but have no intention of actually fighting to defund it.
 
This will be a head pat for conservatives. They’ll get another symbolic vote, the GOP will work behind the scenes with Democrats to scrap it, then a clean continuing resolution will go forward. Obamacare will be funded because Eric Cantor, Pete Sessions, and John Boehner have given up the fight.
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Fellow Virginians, I would expect that Morgan Griffith is already headed in the right direction with this one. Some of us might want to thank him.