Obama & Reid threaten government shutdown over Obamacare funding

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., September 25, 2013 — While Republicans and Democrats alike excoriate Texas Senator Ted Cruz for his filibuster, everyone, including establishment media, miss the truth. It is neither Cruz nor House Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government over funding for Obamacare.

It is Democrats, led by the president and the majority leader of the Senate.

Under the United States Constitution, that much-maligned but still valid document, spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. The Framers did this because the House was directly elected by the people and therefore most closely represents the will of the people.

The Obamacare law is unconstitutional because it originated in the Senate. The House bill had failed. When the House finally passed a bill it was different than the already-passed Senate bill and a parliamentary trick was used to “reconcile” the two.

Democrats knew that a second vote in the Senate would fail.

The bill was never challenged on these grounds. It was challenged on the individual mandate. It is unlikely that the Supreme Court would rule on Congressional procedure anyway.

So how can you get rid of a bureaucracy? Don’t fund it. That’s exactly what House Republicans did. It is not as good as repealing the law but it is a stopgap measure. The American people have never wanted Obamacare or any other form of national socialized medicine.

After the bill was rammed into law, the people elected a Republican House in 2010 and again in 2012.

Again, the Republican House, with much prodding from the people, finally passed a bill that did fund the federal government but not Obamacare. The key point to remember is that they did fund the entire federal government, less Obamacare.

Democrats love to spend your money. They have an endless supply of ways to do it. Richard Nixon was the last president to actually balance the budget himself and he did it by refusing to spend all the money Congress said he should. He was rewarded by Congress passing the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 which forbade him from doing that again but also set up the budgeting structure and process we still follow today.

Under that process, the president submits a budget request in the spring, the House passes a budget, often individually for each federal department, the Senate approves and the president signs. There are disagreements, of course, but Congress set deadlines for itself to avoid government shutdowns.

Since 2009, all this has been ignored.

In March 2009, the president’s budget proposed a $1.5 Trillion deficit and the compliant Democrats in Congress passed it. The people told the government what they thought with the Tea Party movement.

Ever since, there has been gridlock in Congress. Reclaiming the House was necessary but not sufficient.

The president and the Senate refuse to cut spending and continually threaten government shutdown if they don’t get their way. The same is true for increased borrowing authority to keep spending money we don’t have—the so-called “debt limit.” 

The Republicans cave every time and incredibly they take the blame.

But not this time.

With strong prodding, the House passed a budget bill that funds the entire federal government less Obamacare. (This bears repeating, since you are unlikely to hear it elsewhere.)

They could have passed a bill that funded everything except the Department of Health and Human Services. They still can if the Senate tries to fund Obamacare. Let the rest of the government be funded in one bill and then focus on HHS in another bill.

Do you think Harry Reid will go for it?

If he were really concerned about a government shutdown he would. He’s not. He is holding the rest of the government hostage to Obamacare. Backstopping him, the president threatens a veto if the money for Obamacare is not included.

That is, presumably only the money for the parts of Obamacare that he hasn’t unilaterally and unconstitutionally decided to delay.

Politicians and pundits, even Republicans, have called Sen. Cruz’ filibuster pointless and futile. It’s not. It is principled. It challenges others to stand on principle.

It highlights who the real culprits are. It tells us who is on the side of the people and the Constitution that We the People created—and who is not.

Thank you, Sen. Cruz.

READ MORE from Al Maurer at Red Pill, Blue Pill

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