Mo Brooks is the man

Mo Brooks (R, AL-95) has filed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The entirety of the bill reads as follows:

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,

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It’s clear to me that Mo Brooks is my kind of guy. Just a few weeks ago I suggested that a true repeal bill would read, “The ACA is hereby repealed.” See? Great minds really do think alike.

Unsurprisingly, Brooks is a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

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AHCA winners and losers

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump and House Republican Leadership: Losers

Though Ryan and Trump each tried in his own way to place responsibility for the bill on the other, it was a group project and they failed badly, not only from a policy standpoint, but also politically. The roll out of the bill rivaled the roll out of Trump’s first executive order on immigration in its ineptitude. Phases 2 and 3 seemed to have been hastily drawn up to try to stem the flow of criticism, regardless of whether or not that was the case.

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House Republican leaders went along for the ride; Cathy McMorris Rodgers pimped it like a boss. They get extra demerits because instead of spending the last seven years educating the public about the benefits of free market reforms, they engaged in Repeal Theater, building expectations that we’ve now been told were impossibly unrealistic. I’m honestly left with the feeling that they never thought they would be in a position to actually repeal ACA, and were left in a panic when Trump won. If they had any shame, they would all resign, except Paul Ryan, but only because I’ve heard that no one else will take the Speaker’s job.

Planned Parenthood: Winners

The one incontrovertibly good thing the bill did was to defund Planned Parenthood and, unfortunately, that means that the one incontrovertibly bad thing about the bill’s demise is that Planned Parenthood’s funding remains in place.

Congressional Democrats: Winners

2017-03-27 (1)Yes, they were winners, but it’s disgusting the way some of them have taken credit where none is due. Congressional Democrats were powerless to stop the bill from advancing had all Republicans been on board. Which brings me to the big winners….

House Freedom Caucus: Winners

These guys aren’t just winners; they’re heroes. They stood in support of the thousands of campaign promises made to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They fought the battle and emerged as the true victors, despite any gloating from helpless Congressional Democrats.

American People: Draw

The American people are winners in the sense that ACA-Lite is dead and we and can look forward to full repeal and replacement with free market solutions, but losers in that Obamacare is, as Paul Ryan told us, “…The law of the land…for the foreseeable future.”

If we want to win the war, and not just this battle, now is the time for the people to remind Congressional Republicans who and what gave them control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency.

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Where does Congress’ allegiance lay?

constitution and flagUnless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as ACA-Lite has died a painful death. Good riddance.

In Donald Trump’s eulogy, he said something that caught my attention.

 This was an interesting period of time. We learned a lot about loyalty and we learned about the vote getting process.”

Then I saw this on Twitter.

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The two things together got me thinking.

One can only speculate what Trump had in mind when he made his remarks, but my guess is that he felt that the House Freedom Caucus had been disloyal to…himself? The party? Hard to know for sure.

Austin Scott’s meaning, however, is very clear and I’m sure his constituents would be interested to learn that he believes Congressmen owe their loyalty to the President.

Congressmen don’t take an oath to support and defend the President. If they did it would just be creepy in the same way it was creepy in 2009 when these celebrities pledged allegiance to Barack Obama.

In fact, congressmen take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. It goes like this:

I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

What I don’t see mentioned there is the President or any political party whatsoever. I propose that a congressman’s primary responsibility is to the Constitution of the United States and that is where his loyalty should be directed.

After that? Oh, there is no “after that.” A congressman should never place loyalty to a party or person, even the President of the United States, above his loyalty to the Constitution. There will be times, hopefully many – even most – times, when the interests of the President and a political party align with adherence to the Constitution. That’s great, but when they don’t the Constitution must come first.

And, yes, I mean a congressman owes his allegiance to the Constitution over his responsibility to his constituents.

So Donald Trump can trash the House Freedom Caucus all he wants…2017-03-26

…But in my view, they are the heroes of this story. They honored the Constitution and honored the promises they made to their constituents. I hope Trump really did learn something about the “vote getting process.” I hope he learned that the President isn’t a CEO and that Congress is in no way obligated to do his bidding.

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Sound Transit: Screwing area taxpayers since 1993

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This was too good not to share. Read the op-ed.

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Unsurprisingly, Patty Murray reveals herself as a shameless partisan hack

Of course we all know that Senator Patty Murray is a shameless partisan hack, so it’s no surprise when she confirms it as she did today on Twitter.

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In case you’re wondering why this is such a first-rate example of her ideology of party over country, consider the fact that when George W. Bush nominated Gorsuch to the federal bench in 2006, he was considered so non-controversial that he was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote of those present, including Patty Murray.

So much for playing politics instead of considering the good of the country.

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The Liar of Benghazi lectures Trump on the virtues of truthfulness

The headline says it all, really.

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The Liar of Benghazi

One can never hope to understand exactly why the Washington Post chose to run a Susan Rice op-ed about the national security consequences of presidential deceit. It’s not that I disagree with the points she makes; it’s the hypocrisy, the utter lack of self-awareness, the unmitigated mendacity of a brazen liar presuming to tell the rest of us that, yes, on second thought, lying is bad after all.

It’s the casual assumption of the Left that the public is too stupid to remember that Rice lied on command for Barack Obama or to even know who she is. It’s the tacit admission that they don’t care if people do remember the way she lied multiple times to our faces about the Benghazi attacks.

What further sign to we need that the Democrat party is in complete disarray than that they have to trot out Susan Rice to speak to integrity issues. Sad.


(BTW, with all due respect to the British, whom I love like brothers and sisters, I’m not willing to take at face value, as Rice apparently does – or pretends to do; it’s hard to know for sure because she’s a liar, the statement from their intelligence agency, GCHQ, that they did not surveil Candidate Trump at the behest of the former president.)

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Is that a threat?

Because it kinda-sorta sounds like a threat to me.

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