If GOP is ready to govern, ObamaCare is the perfect chance to prove it

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell

Republicans already control both the House and Senate, so by asking the American people to elect a Republican president in 2016, they are essentially asking to be given complete control over the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.

Given the GOP’s performance over the past few years, it seems fair to wonder how it would handle that kind of responsibility and authority, particularly considering the pent-up frustrations of its base. For example, with complete control of Washington, would Republicans attempt to force the mass deportation of an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, many of whom have been here for a decade or two or even three? I would like to think that once in power, the party would somehow moderate itself on that issue, but moderation hasn’t exactly been one of its strong points.

Work through the list of issues, and the possibilities don’t get any better:

Would it attempt to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, as demanded by its 2012 platform and by many of its presidential candidates?

Would a Republican president, backed by a Republican House and Republican Senate, pick up where President Bush left off by reintroducing U.S. combat forces in the Middle East and launching the kind of concerted, sustained bombing attack on Iran that would be needed to take out its nuclear infrastructure, while preparing for the inevitable backlash?

Would it attempt to address growing income inequity and a sense of royal entitlement on Wall Street by once again cutting taxes on the rich and on corporations while rescinding many of the regulatory reforms passed in the aftermath of the 2008 meltdown? After all, every single one of its presidential candidates has announced some variation of that approach as his economic plan.

Based on the party’s rhetoric and track record, the answer to every one of the questions above would arguably be yes. And if that makes voters nervous, it should.

However, if Republican leadership wants to demonstrate to America that the party is still capable of rational, productive policy-making from a conservative point of view, it has the perfect opportunity to do so. If they want to reassure a country nervous about total GOP control that “the party of no” can still reach “yes,” even if only to itself, then this is their opportunity:

Draft, debate and pass an alternative to ObamaCare.

I know, I know: Various Republicans have proposed various ideas that party leaders like to wave around for the TV cameras, but the truth is that a party with a dozen or more different plans for replacing ObamaCare in reality has no plan. How can you ask the rest of the country to take such plans seriously when the Republican House and Republican Senate have chosen to ignore those bills altogether, refusing to give them even the slightest bit of legislative attention or credibility?

If you’re serious, show that you’re serious. If you want to be given control of the entire federal government, begin by showing the ability to make a simple decision. Pick a bill as a starting point — any one of these allegedly brilliant alternatives would do. Hold committee hearings on that bill, then amend and revise it as necessary. Submit it to the Congressional Budget Office — the GOP-controlled CBO — for analysis of its impact on the deficit, economy and health-care options for all Americans.

In short, after five years of empty, non-productive complaining, step up. Act as if you are capable of governance. Act as if you can respond to a need by putting together a logically coherent policy and then building the consensus within your own party to support it. You claim to believe that ObamaCare is an economy-crushing, soul-destroying threat; well, the single best thing that you can do to respond to that threat is to propose a workable alternative.

Because otherwise, American voters are left to reach one of two conclusions: You don’t really believe that ObamaCare is the threat that you claim, or your party’s policy-making apparatus is so atrophied from years of neglect that it is no longer operable.

 

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bendedknee
bendedknee

The look on these two  supposed leaders face says:

1. We hate Obama;

2. We love the 1%;

3. Screw the little guy;

4. No woman is going to be president and tell us what to do;and 

5. Outside of repealing Obmacare, keeping taxes low and fighting abortion we have no clue how to govern


Mae Brown
Mae Brown

with congress controlling both houses and ratings staying around 10%, how could they believe they could win?


and yet.....and yet......I can see all the progress made in the last 7 yrs trashed,and going back to business as usual......they have friends with money who could pay to make this happen.........

JoelEdge
JoelEdge

You talk like the Republicans have been in charge for the last six years, Bookman. 

ganymeade
ganymeade

Do Republicans ever smile other than when they 

are screwing the poor and middle class?

bendedknee
bendedknee

GOP governing? That is truly funny.

Brosephus
Brosephus

 "If GOP is ready to govern, ObamaCare is the perfect chance to prove it"

The GOP is governing.  They may not be governing to the likes of mainstream America or even America in general, but they are governing.  There is a difference between governance and effective governance though.  What may be bad or seem broken to one may actually be the way others want it to be.

You can't campaign on how bad Washington is or how broken government is if everything runs effective.  You can't fire up your base (either party) if you're constantly working across the aisle for the betterment of everyone.  That's just not how things operate in the America we have today.

td1234
td1234

@Brosephus I agree with your comment. When you are party that does not (suppose to) believe in a strong, large Federal government then to allow them to happen is not what the people elected you to do. 


Most Conservatives sent their elected Representative to DC to protect the nation and to reduce the size and scope of the Federal government and to send the power back to the states. 

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Jay, the party out of power is always the "no" party. Your self-serving description of the Republican Party would only be valid if it held a majority in the House and a  "veto-proof" majority in the Senate.  If the present Obamacare continues on its present course, it will turn into a health delivery system no better than Public Health Service, which was loathed by all because it functioned no better than our public school system or the U.S. post office, i.e. ever raising costs, while achieving lowering service levels. But you are right, in my opinion; we must have all parties working together to produce the best plan possible for all. We have seen how the Democrats managed to pass Obamacare in the dead of night, let's hope when the Republican are once given the honor to lead the nation, it will do so with the full participation of all. 


gotalife
gotalife

If you run your mouth, others will make you prove it on this blog.


Best thing to do is be able to back it up.


This is not rw media where you can lie unchallenged.

gotalife
gotalife

Our President divided and conquered your gop cons.


Perhaps you should focus on your failed party and fix it instead of trying to get the President.

josef
josef

Back in a bit...going wedding ring shopping...gee, it feels good to say that, too! 

gotalife
gotalife

@josef  It happened under President Obama.


 Just one of his long list of accomplishments.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

With Obama, we have witnessed a similar strategy: blackness has continuously been reduced to a theatrical prop; an entertainment device that keeps (black) audiences believing that the president “feels their pain”


That isn't projection. He is clearly saying ( and ive heard conservative whites make this same argument ala "free stuff" ) that black people aren't very bright and easily duped.


Frankly I give them much more credit. 


The Doom
The Doom

@HeadleyLamar


"that black people aren't very bright and easily duped."


Well, one thing is for sure Hedley. You won't see Republicans going to a black church a la Hillary and Joe Biden and trying to talk as if they're black- truly demeaning and condescending treatment. They have enough respect for black people to not try to talk down to them like that. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDm4jkDbGQ


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@HeadleyLamar

He appeals to their blackness while pushing their more critical issues aside.

There are none so blind as those who see nothing but blackness.

It really is disgusting, the lengths to which he'll go.

gotalife
gotalife

Figmo,


50 % approval ranking.


Next.

The Doom
The Doom

Email sent to Jay regarding his policy to ban anyone attempting to reveal another person's identity as well as the copy of Kamchak's post. 

The Doom
The Doom

@FIGMO2


Yep. He sure did. And yeah. It is kinda creepy that the man goes to those lengths to try and find out who I am. 

JamVet
JamVet

@FIGMO2 @Doom Classical liberal 

It never happened.

I know you waste away in Clayton County and you know that I used to live in Doraville.

You are the very weird one...

elgrunir
elgrunir

This or that media will serve

Though ‘Pub ideas tend to wildly swerve

Wearing Con goggles

Leads to boondoggles

Don’t need no facts--just nerve

gotalife
gotalife

We the people are being heard so the President acted on pay inequality and race relations.



The gop cut and ran after getting annihilated,

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

21:36 BST

Fitch downgrades Greece, warns default risks are high

There must be better ways to mark the end of your bailout than by getting downgraded.

Rating agency Fitch has just cut Greece’s rating by one notch from CCC to CC, in an unscheduled move.


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Wow - these ratings agencies sure are financial experts.  6 minutes after the Wall Street close and 84 minutes before Greece is officially "in arrears" with the IMF they do a downgrade. 

gotalife
gotalife

@PaulinNH  Default was the way to go from the start. They just bailed out Europe's banks and imposed severe austerity. No, was a no brainer. Great Britain will vote to exit the EU too.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@gotalife @PaulinNH 

I think you may have missed my point.  What use is it having ratings agencies (well compensated for their ratings, as well) if they are giving out this sort of ratings "advice" on Greek sovereign debt?


BTW - I would be shocked if the UK voted to exit the EU.  The renegotiation is driven by Tory party politics.  The current chaos will not help Cameron (who will campaign for a Yes to Stay) but it guarantees that the UK will never join the euro.  Unlike with Greece, Angela will give Cameron enough to declare his "renegotiations" a success.

gotalife
gotalife

Searching desperately in our horrible media to get their President,


con insanity continues.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

DiA and I just shared a moment.

gotalife
gotalife

Looks like the President singing Amazing Grace at church upset the cons.


Bizarre as usual.



Renteroo
Renteroo

@FIGMO2 @gotalife

You seem positively filled with glee that a black man was upset by something the black President did. Why is that?


schnirt

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@gotalife

Frank Leon Roberts is a black columnist at Huffington Post. The theatrics upset him.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

OUCH!

False Hope, Empty Policy: Obama's "Amazing Grace" Moment Falls Flat

http://gawker.com/false-hope-empty-policy-obamas-amazing-grace-moment-1714764540

I saw it a bit differently. The moment was all about Obama's singing and little about the victims' lives.

Throughout his presidency, Obama has become a master of “performing” blackness in the public sphere

[snip]

Obama’s performative identification with black culture continues to be solely and singularly performatic, which is to say: it exists purely as emotional theater as opposed to as an actual political commitment to responding to the black community’s specific policy concerns. Perhaps if Obama were Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, or some other public entertainer, this would not be a problem. But as the head of the American Empire, his ongoing theatricalized “performance” of blackness seems anchored in a kind of political inauthenticity.

Tools of his trade.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@FIGMO2 Obama’s performative identification with black culture continues to be solely and singularly performatic


And you guys wonder why AA vote Democratic. Do you see how offensive it is to say black people are stupid and easily fooled by "theatrical performances" ?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@LeninTime

While I can agree with you on several things, I wholeheartedly agree with you on that.

He's done nothing but play to a willing audience.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@HeadleyLamar

We're not the ones telling them they can't make it without the government's help. That would be your side doing that.

I happen to believe they can. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.