After hundreds of hours of congressional debate, a summer of rowdy town hall meetings and a Massachusetts election that upended all political calculations, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders spent Thursday talking still more about reforming the U.S. health care system.
At the end of the session, the president suggested that if no deal was at hand, Democrats would press forward alone and let voters be the ultimate judge. “That’s what elections are for,” he said.
That was just one of the punches in the face. Another came in Washington, D. C. on the eve of the Obamacare vote in the House, when citizens appeared in Washington begging them not to pass it. That was when Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and the democrats arrogantly marched down through the crowd with head thrown back and smirk on face. Image seared in my memory. They made their choice with eyes wide open. There was no compromise. There was no concession to those who did not agree with them. Then they even put out lies about the citizens who gave up their time and money to pay their own way to plead with them, thumbing their collective noses at them.
Then the Senate democrats do dirty deals behind closed doors, divvying out tax money as if it belonged to them to influence votes. And, finally, voting at midnight on Christmas Eve, knowing, of course, that most Americans would not be paying attention.
Now they want compromise? Compromise you say? Message: The winners do not compromise.
Gridlock? You better believe it. Stop them in their tracks. Put a measure to repeal Obamacare to a vote. Make them record their votes. Make the president repeal it. Then do it again. Record their no votes. Take names. Count the repeals – for two years if necessary. Make them the party of No.