The segment started with a clip from Heritage Action’s “Defund ObamaCare” townhall in Dallas, TX , Wednesday. (Heritage Action is currently doing a nationwide tour of Defund Obamacare townhalls.)
“The House should pass a continuing resolution that funds everything in the federal government except Obamacare”, he began. The next step would involve Obama and Reid (and their willing accomplices in the media) “screaming and yelling that the mean, nasty Republicans are threatening to shut down the government. And at this point he suggested we would have to “do something that conservatives haven’t done in a long time.”
“We’ve got to stand up and win the argument, Cruz insisted. “We’ve got to stand up and say, no. We have voted to fund the government, we don’t want to shut down the government. Why is President Obama threatening to shut down the government? President Obama has already granted waivers to giant corporations. Why is President Obama threatening to shut down the government in order to deny those same waivers to hardworking American families? I think that’s an argument we can win if only Republicans can find the courage to stand up, stand together and make it.”
Cruz also admitted that he and the other Defund proponents can’t win the fight in the smokey back rooms in Washington DC. That’s why, he went on, “I’m not trying to make the case in Washington DC. I’m trying to make the case to the American people — because I think there’s a new paradigm in politics where the American people are rising up.
You can sign the petition to defund Obamacare, here.
Meanwhile, the Speaker apparently believes that the Sequester is worth risk of a government shut down. But Obamacare isn’t.
Speaker John A. Boehner outlined a strategy for next month’s spending fight focused on the sequester spending cuts — and not on defunding Obamacare.
The Ohio Republican told his flock he intends to push a short-term spending bill that would keep the sequester locked in place until President Barack Obama agrees to smarter spending cuts — effectively reiterating what he told reporters before the August recess. Boehner said the plan “keeps the government running,” according to someone on the call. That could provoke a shutdown showdown if Obama refuses to go along. Obama agreed to a spending bill at sequester levels in March, but since then the White House has repeatedly issued vague veto threats over spending levels.
It’s clear, though, that Boehner thinks spending levels are a battle the GOP can win.
“The president’s threat to shut down the government if we implement his sequester is not a defensible position,” he said. “The American people won’t stand for it, and we’re not going to be swayed by it.”
While a House GOP aide insisted that no final decisions have been made on defunding Obamacare on the CR, Boehner didn’t mention the push by about a third of his conference in a letter earlier Thursday to risk a government shutdown in a push to defund the health law.
Instead, Boehner stuck to his plan to “chip away,” at the law, rather than sledgehammer shutdown approach advocated by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others.
I don’t understand his strategy here, at all.
Actually I think I do. It’s the weak, stupid, loser party default position on everything: 3 steps backward – 1/2 step forward. Yay, winning!
A whole 1/2 step forward, huh? suhweeet!
Sometimes I think that’s all these paleo conservatives know how to do. Lose. It’s like they’re okay with it – comfortable with it. Like they don’t know anything else but losing ground.
Dude. We have a chance to undo the whole friggin’ thing before it becomes too ingrained to undo. It’s now or never. As Mark Levin, said today, via Doug Ross:
THESE FRENCH REPUBLICANS, THEY ARE ALWAYS SURRENDERING.
AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IF THEY’RE NOT GOING TO ALEAST ATTACK THE DISCRETIONARY FUNDING OR USE THE POWER OF THE PURSE IN THE HOUSE TO PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FUNDS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT, BUT NOT THIS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT, WHAT’S LEFT? ONCE THIS THING IS INSTITUTED, IT’S NOT GOING TO IMPLODE.
I HEAR THIS, OH, THE LAW IS GOING TO IMPLODE.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF AN IMPLODING LAW?
>> NO, NEVER.
>> YOU HAVE TO REPEAL A LAW.
YOU HAVE TO DEFUND A LAW.
LAWS DON’T IMPLODE.
Levin said it may be time to change the name of Obamacare to Boehnercare because he refuses to use the power of the purse to defund the unpopular bill.
At some point, rank-and-file conservative activists will have to confront an inconvenient reality. The Republicans in Washington are not just dumb or spineless – they are the problem. They don’t share our values and seek to undermine our beliefs. The only way that will change is if we return the favor and thwart their political careers.
Earlier this evening, Speaker John Boehner announced his grand plans for fighting Obamacare in the budget. He will pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) until some time in December, grouping the new budget deadline with the debt ceiling date, and create another grand end-of-year fiscal cliff. He will fund Obamacare in the short term CR, but by George, he will fight like hell in the debt ceiling battle! For now, they will make the short term CR about locking in the sequester cuts.
Here are some points to ponder:
- I don’t think Charlie Brown would have attempted to kick the football so many times. Let’s review the past three years. In January 2011, Republicans pledged to defund Obamacare in the FY 2011 CR and cut of $100 billion in spending. They lied. Ultimately, they only cut $352 million and funded Obamacare. They promised to fight on the next debt ceiling battle and cut trillions. They caved on August 1, 2011 for the McConnell debt increase, and handed Obama a free $2.4 trillion debt ceiling ticket to take him past the election. The only thing we got in return was the sequester, which prioritized military cuts over everything else.
We were then promised that the real show would begin in September when they fight for the new Ryan budget for FY 2012. They punted until the end of the year, ultimately passing a massive omnibus bill, which funded Obamacare, vitiated the Ryan budget, and violated every tenet of theGOP Pledge to America. In 2012, they caved on funding Obamacare in the FY 2013 CR, punting it to March 2013 under the pretense that we would win the election and have even more leverage. Then they caved on the McConnell tax increases at year’s end, noting that the default position was against us. But, the contended, wait until the debt ceiling when the default position is no debt limit increase, and we will have more leverage.
Why is the Republican leadership so afraid of defunding this trainwreck?
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!