EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Sequestration Is the Bipartisan Law of the Land. Fight on Obamacare.
I was very disappointed to see Robert Costa of National Review use of the dollar sign in this tweet:
in short, growing # of Rs could care less about a con$ervative group's threats about not being Cruz-esque/CR warrior when BCA '11 at risk
— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 13, 2013
Praised recently by a lot of liberals in the press, invited to the White House to sit with Barack Obama, and now subtly suggesting the McConnell – Boehner – K Street GOP attack on Heritage Action for America, Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, and Madison Project is legit, i.e. they’re in it for the money.
That’s disappointing, but unsurprising.
In fact, the groups mentioned above, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Mark Meadows, Tom Graves, etc. are under withering fire from the media and their Republican colleagues. It’d be far easier to be in it for the money than principle. Then they’d get a fat check from K Street, pass a medical device tax repeal, and go on their merry way.
There’s a whole lot of projection in Washington these days. The crowd so used to collecting checks and letting those checks guide their policy are unused to people in it for principle.
Nonetheless, the rest of Robert Costa’s feed and others has boiled down to a fight over sequestration. The Democrats say that Obamacare is the law of the land so it cannot change. But Democrats want sequestration spending changed. It too is the law of the land.
There is, however, a fundamental difference between the two. Sequestration was agreed to in a bipartisan manner. Obamacare was forced through by Democrats using reconciliation as a means of getting around Republican opposition.
Democrats and Republicans both had a seat at the table for reconciliation. Democrats ensured the GOP had no seat at the table for Obamacare.
So the GOP should hold on sequestration and offer nothing. That was previously negotiated between the Democrats and the Republicans in a bipartisan manner. It’s time now to revisit Obamacare and either defund it or delay it.
They are both the law of the land, but of those two laws only one was forced through by bending congressional rules to ensure the other party could be ignored. To paraphrase the President’s preacher, the chickens are coming home to roost now.