It’s all so unnecessary. There’s no need for any kind of shutdown if President Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate will accept the will of the people. And the plain truth is that a majority of Americans do not want Obamacare.
That has held true in poll after poll before and after the Democrats passed the legislation in reckless disregard for the feelings of most citizens.
The latest poll by the Washington Post/ABC News shows 52 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare, about the same as previous polls for years, while 42 percent favor the law.
And here’s the shocker in that poll: Fifty-two percent say they support “Congress shutting down major activities of the federal government in order to try to prevent implementation of the health care law.”
That was so surprising that I had to go back and double-double check that it was there at washingtonpost.com, posted last Friday, Sept. 20.
Elected officials are supposed to heed the voice of the people, and Obama is supposed to have a great White House polling operation to tell him what the people want. So it’s not as if he and the Democrats do not know the score. They do, but they choose to ignore the will of the people because Obama is all about fundamentally changing this country.
The impasse on Obamacare, the debt ceiling and the budget could be resolved if Obama and his Democrat minions would work with Republicans on a better health care plan that would make needed changes, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and providing coverage for the indigent, low-income and others.
Republicans have offered such a plan going back to the first debate over Obama’s plan, but they got nowhere. So they voted against Obama’s “My way or the highway” stance. Now House Republicans have voted according to the will of the people and passed a bill to de-fund Obamacare and hold the line on spending. The Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to cut out those features and send the bill back to the House. If the House stands its ground, then guess who will be blamed for a looming “government shutdown?”
The Republicans, of course.
This is true because, first, the Democrats think they know better than the American people what is good for them and they’re going to get it crammed down their throats, like it or not.
And second, the Democrats think they will win the political propaganda battle by painting Republicans as obstructionists and extremists bent on shutting down the government because they are influenced by the (horrors!) tea party folks that, to some Democrats, are the same as terrorists.
Obama and the Democrats don’t have a winning hand with the people. So they are playing a bluffing game. The Republicans in control of the House should call their bluff — and let Obama and the Democrats “shut down” the government if they choose to do so.