Krauthammer's latest reminds me of an old vaudeville routine:Judge: you've committed a heinous, horrible crime of murdering your
parents.Defendant: have mercy your honor, I'm an orphan.As everyone who pays attentions remembers, in March 2009, Republicans adopted
a policy of absolute obstructionism with regard to any proposals made by
Democrats and refused to participate in negotiations with regard to health care
reform. The Republican leadership instructed all party members to vote against
it. The deliberate policy of refusing to participate is now being used as
justification to oppose the law itself. Republicans and folk like Charles
Krauthammer now complain that the law wasn't bipartisan. It's just the old vaudeville routine, transferred to politics and
stripped of any comedic value.
Sorry, charlie. It's a tea party tantrum that defies obfuscation.
From the streets of WestYellowstone, Torrey, Springdale, Moab and any other town
that sits on the edge of our great parks,this has been a disaster. The last few
weekends cand make or break a season. ( In Utah the UEA weekend can be on of the
biggest) The Tea party has shut it down, and they own the issue.
Mr. Krauthammer's article should be required reading for writing students
on specious logic and for economics students for a recipe for economic disaster.
He blames Democrats for not doing illegal tactics but for untraditional tactics
(did he see the movie "Lincoln About the tactics to pass the thirteenth
amendment?) and advocates for not raising the debt ceiling. The former is
sophomoric logic and the latter is financial suicide.
What will it be next Republicans? Overturn the Supreme Court in Roe VS. Wade or
no budget will be passed /shutdown? Why not blackmail the country
for everything instead of voting at all? No, we don't negotiate
with terrorists weather the be from another country or within.Kruthenhammer only proves yet again weekly he has no moral foundation.
I'm saddened the DN continues to print his column weekly as if it were an
From the article:"The most ubiquitous conventional wisdom is
that the ultimate cause of these troubles is out-of-control tea party
anarchists. But is this really where the causal chain ends? The tea party was
created by Obama's first-term overreach, most specifically Obamacare. This
frantic fight against it today is the fruits of the way it was originally
enacted."Ah. So the Tea Party IS the problem but the Tea Party
is really Obama's creation. So they bear no responsibility for their
terrible actions - they are helpless in the face of Obama's malevolence and
simply do what they were created (by Obama's id) to do . . . Right.
"...if it can't get 100 percent of what it wants,""pass a budget without drama."These are quotes by our
president.The House republicans passed 99% of the funding for the
government. But that wasn't good enough. They even offered to keep ACA, but
just delay the individual tax on low income families, like the president for the
big corporations, but the democrats wouldn't do that either. Why? Because the democrats are the ones who want the shut down. Their leaders
are showing this is recorded statements, like the Obama administrator who said,
Why would we want to end the shut down. "We're winning!" and Harry
Reid, who doesn't want to help kids with cancer because government workers
are sitting home from work (and will probably get paid for doing so). Liberals wake up. Your leaders don't care about you, or this country!
They only care about their power.
BTW, the funding of each item, which the House is undertaking, is exactly what
this country needs. We need to look at each part of the budget and trim what is
wasteful. What a great blessing this could be if the democrats would actually
look at the budget items with the republicans instead of demanding a rubber
stamp for everything! I hope the debt ceiling will be tied to budget reductions,
and if they can't agree on what, do the penny plan. Anything is
better than the train wreck we are speeding towards with the out of control
If the church says it promotes honesty is should neither publish kruthenhammer
nor censor so many posts that call out his dishonesty.It makes
honesty seem like a cheap gold paint on the church.
You shout "shut er down", you own the consequences.
@BadgerBadgerThat 99% was passed at funding levels Republicans wanted.
Democrats wanted to get rid of some of the sequester cuts but gave that up.
What Obama has done on this issue is flately scary. We cannot continue to let
the President and Harry Reid act like a totalitarian government and yet, they
continue to demand more. Send them a message folks.. tell them to stick with
When a well-educated person ignores the salient facts about the CR when pushing
their own viewpoint, they've got to be called a liar. That'd be
Krauthammer in this case. The assertion that the Democrats
haven't/won't compromise is ludicrous. The ACA is a huge compromise.
It's basically exactly how a Republican-controlled gov't would have
created nationwide healthcare. And the CR? Almost at Paul Ryan levels of
gov't funding - really low - not AT ALL what the Democrats would have
wanted. But they were willing to accept that level to satisfy the Republicans.
The rightwingers simply can't address this topic fairly and honestly - if
they did, they'd have nothing to argue against here.These are
*IF* Senator Harry Reid and President Obama *were* truly acting as
"totalitarians", as Joel asserts, then yeah, the Republicans should
fight against that.But they haven't been acting that way.
Almost half of the Stimulus Bill was tax cuts - that was per the demands of the
right. ACA is chock-full of former Republican ideas about healthcare reform, and
doesn't have many of the things that Democrats would have wanted in the
offering. And in the latest Continuing Resolution, the Democrats certainly
didn't want to stick with the level of funding that was mandated by the
sequester bill - a couple of years ago, NEITHER SIDE wanted cuts that drastic,
remember. That's why the sequester language passed - because both sides
supposedly thought that they'd never get that bound up in impasse to stop
reasonable budget compromises. But they did, and Democrats were willing to go
with a CR that was quite low, relatively. It's demonstrably NOT the
Democrats who are "demanding more" - it's the Democrats who are
willing to compromise but who aren't being met halfway by the Republicans.
I liked what he said when comparing the abuse of Executive power in delaying the
employer mandate vs the appropriate Legislative power to delay the individual
mandate. Even still, I wish the House of Representatives had finally caved when
it was evident that the Senate was intent on shutting down the government. That
just punishes the people.When the U.S. puts sanctions on another
nation, we know that it is the people of that nation that suffer. Generally, we
do this to thwart an overt action of that nation that threatens our own. In
this case, it is our own nation that is being sanctioned by the Senate. I
don't see what threat the Republicans offer that warrants so much
@ atl134Without having to fund the ACA, the sequester cuts could be
diminished, but we really can't afford it all.@
delldollymadisonYour version of history is severely slanted and
deeply lacking it facts. But hey, believe what you want. Santa comes in a couple
months you know. But even he can't save this country from its own
This mess could not be created by one party, it's taken both Democrats and
Republicans. Both deserve our wrath.
@glendenbg:"The Republican leadership instructed all party members to
vote against it."The Republicans were in the minority so the
Democrats pushed Obamacare through without any Republican votes. Zero, zip,
nada. And why didn't any Republicans vote for it? Because the Democrats
voted down all, ALL Republican amendments. Obamacare is the Democrats'
baby and theirs alone.@stevo123"I'm saddened the DN
continues to print his column weekly as if it were an honest opinion."Your saddened because Krauthammer is correct and you and your Democrat
buddies don't have a viable answer.@Badgerbadger:"The
House republicans passed 99% of the funding for the government."Actually, the government is 82 percent funded. And that's about the
level of funding we need for the next ten years to get the nation's deficit
and debt under control. Let's leave it at 82 percent. This mess could be
a God-send."We need to look at each part of the budget and trim
what is wasteful."Excellent point. But, what we get every year
is a CR (Continuing Resolution) which simply means 'spend what you did last
year with an inflation factor added in.'
The House, composed of its duly elected members, passed the Affordable Care Act;
the Senate composed of its duly elected members, passed the ACA,. The President,
duly and properly elected, signed it into law. The Supreme court endorsed its
legality. Your guy, Mitt Romney, ran against the ACA and lost. What part of
democracy don't you get?
the MAIN reason America is in the mess it finds itself is due to the low
information ...actually outright ignorance...among a majority of people. A
demagogue such as Obama relies on low information - miss information and
outright propaganda to influence people. If people are so lazy - so uninterested
- so totally ignorant of how their government works then they are ripe for
people like Obama to swoop in and act as a dictator. Those who actually study -
who do actual fact finding - who sort through all the nonsense Obama surrounds
himself with find it quite easy to see the truth but all of that takes work -
time - and a desire to actually know the truth. So many in this sinking country
just don't care anymore....they collect their government check and sit on
their rump watching MTV on the flat screen TV purchased via falsified government
disability dollars. The gravy keeps rolling so why not soak it up ...right ?? A
lazy America is an America ripe for a fall and we are indeed in free fall as we
speak. So - when the media blames the gov shut down on the GOP people don't
see the lie.
@Tiztim:"The House, composed of its duly elected members, passed the
ACA; the Senate composed of its duly elected members, passed the ACA."The House and Senate were controlled by Democrats. They allowed zero
participation by Republicans... except to sit and listen while Democrats built
another leg of socialism. No Republican amendments were authorized by
Democrats."The President, duly and properly elected, signed the
law."That's because he's a socialist bent on ruining
this country. When you get a chance, read up on Muslim Jihadists' plans
for America."The Supreme court endorsed its legality."The Supreme Court merely stated that Article 1.8 can not be used to
force anyone to buy anything... including insurance. The Court did affirm that
the government can lay and collect taxes for whatever reason. But, the
'penalty' for not buying insurance is still called a
'penalty' in the law, not a tax."Your guy, Mitt
Romney, ran against the ACA and lost."Most Americans were and
are against Obamacare."What part of democracy don't you
get?"The part where the president can turn the country into a
You are right. The employer mandate should not have been postponed. I guess
commerce and industry just did not want the postponement.In spite of the
hate, this will be a success. My employer's health insurance program did
not allow anyone to be denied as a condition of their contract with the
insurance companies. At 39 I had open heart surgery and survived with an
artificial Aortic valve and artery. I had a family. Do you think for a moment
I was insurable given insurance industry policies? I would be next year.I
guess my options then would have been one: go home and die quickly.