Ryan Joins Fellow Republican Strategy; Beat a Dead Horse.
Failed vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, self-imposed guru of the GOP budget proposals, appeared on “FOX News Sunday”. He was obviously expecting an accommodating audience. He did, for the most part. But, when he told Chris Wallace that part of his budget included repeal of the “Affordable Care Act”, labeled “Obamacare” by detractors, Wallace questioned his motive.
“Well, that’s not going to happen,” Wallace told his guest.
Republicans have attempted to repeal the health care act more than 30 times without success. Exit polls after the November election confirmed that the American public want a health care system that will work for everyone. Only 33% concurred with its repeal. Economists have affirmed that over time the Affordable Care Act will save both employers and the government millions of dollars.
The Supreme Court narrowly upheld the law last year in a politically charged decision that saw the Chief Justice, who was a Republican appointee, John Roberts, side with Obama supporters.
Even House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, acknowledged after the election that the GOP mission to repeal the law would change.
“I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected, Obamacare is the law of the land,” Boehner said last year in an interview with ABC News.
So why is Ryan “beating a dead horse”? He promised his TEA Party supporters that he would make every effort to repeal Obamacare.
The other reason is simple. 2016 is wide open for every candidate with an ambition to sit in the White House. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a surprise. It’s where he stood before the election and it’s a bargaining position,” said John Geer, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University. “Also, it’s a classic position to take if in 2016 if he wants to run for president. He knows it’s not very realistic to try to repeal Obamacare but it’s a good way to try and get the nomination in 2016.”
Rand Paul’s publicity stunt by filibustering a losing cause, Jeb Bush’s “book promotion”, and Mario Rubio’s water bottles are all early campaign efforts. It’s simple, keep your name in the ‘all too eager’ press, and when primary time comes, you’ll be in the forefront of your party.
Next week Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Washington will announce a proposal for an increase in revenue by closing tax loopholes for the very wealthy, combined with sensible spending cuts.
Republican strategy hasn’t changed. Stick to one issue, right or wrong. It’s too much work to research all the material and come up with ideas that might actually further the economy, and therefore enhance the lives of the working class.
Columnist-The Guardian Express