By Tom Quiner
The president and his party shut down the government last Fall over Republican threats to shut down Obamacare.
Now it is the president who is shutting down the piece of legislature named for him. Needless to say, the Tea Party movement is frustrated. The Wall Street Journal quoted the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Jenny Beth Martin, about the president’s fecklessness and fickleness:
“Why did President Obama and the Democrats in Congress fight us tooth and nail, and eventually shut down the government last October? Last fall, Tea Party Patriots fought tirelessly to Exempt America and to let Congress know that if the law wasn’t good enough for Big Business, Big Labor, and Big Congress, then it certainly wasn’t good enough for the American people.
We knew the law would cost millions of Americans their health insurance, yet the president disagreed, and even guaranteed that Americans could keep their health care plan if they wanted. As a result, Washington shut down, costing the American taxpayer billions of dollars, leaving Veterans unable to pay their respects to their fallen brothers, and tourists locked out of the monuments that celebrate America’s greatness. And for what? Political points? The entire shutdown could have been completely avoided had the President considered any opposing viewpoints.
Now, he’s exempted America via unconstitutional means and sought to usurp Congress’ power to write the laws. This two-year delay to the individual mandate only delays the inevitable—Obamacare is a mess and no amount of time will suffice to fix it.
Tea Party Patriots stands for personal freedom where all Americans are treated equally, assuring our ability to pursue the American dream. Obamacare stands as an impediment to this dream.”
I had lunch today with a family member who is a whole-hearted supporter of Obama. She suggested that Obamacare merely needs a few “tweaks.” Easy for her to say, she’s on Medicare. For us working class Americans, it truly is an “impediment to the American Dream.”
Even the president admits Obamacare is past the tweak stage. Otherwise, why take the draconian step of delaying it for two more years?
By his actions, the president admits that Republicans and the American people were right all along.