Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Someone needs to kick his legs out

By Carl

I’ll give Ted Cruz credit for one thing, and one thing only: he’s not making a bullshit filibuster:

Republican Ted Cruz of Texas was still on the Senate floor talking Wednesday-- a dramatic step in defense of his high profile and controversial plan to prevent any funding for Obamacare.

"I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand," he said

Tuesday. "All across this country, Americans are suffering because of Obamacare. Obamacare isn't working."

Of course, he’s wrong: Obamacare isn’t working, it’s true. That’s because it hasn’t been implemented yet. But no one is suffering. In fact, they are thriving and will thrive even more.

Among Cruz’s concerns about national health insurance is how people will “lose their jobs or have their hours cut” (not a direct quote, but you can imagine that’s in his notes.)

Well, Senator, maybe that enmity should be directed at the people who run the corporations you and your cohorts slave for, to get scraps off their plates? Like Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, who just yesterday shuttered eight pizzerias and who famously said that Obamacare would force him to raise the prices of his piss-poor excuse for pizza.

By 14 cents a pie, by his own admission. But here’s a man who could afford to give away two million pies at the beginning of this football season (plus spend tens of millions more on advertising that very fact) which likely added dollars to the price of his pies.

As for having hours cut, let them. We have an unemployment problem right now. Cutting existing hours will force companies to cover the slack somehow, and eventually (and in quite short order, I think) everyone will be employed AND working full time hours, as companies realize it’s a small price to pay to be productive, that 14 cents a pie.

Still, someone needs to kick his legs out from under him, so the will of the people, tested twice in elections and affirmed by the Supreme Court, can be carried out.

And Cruz has his own issues here to deal with: he’s flying in the face of Republican leadership, who want an up or down vote on Obamacare to carry with them into the 2014 election cycle. Cruz has his eye on 2016 and the Republican primaries, which is where Teabaggers can hold their party “hostage.”

Sort of. After all, Mitt Romney was not their choice and look what happened. He ended up running against his own health insurance and getting drubbed.
(Cross-posted at Simply Left Behind.)

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