It Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Crazy
The President just gave one of his better speeches on the health care law and, in the process, hammered Republicans pretty hard.
Ridiculing Republicans at length and quoting some lawmakers’ dire warnings about the consequences of the law, Obama said he will not be “blackmailed” with threats of default.
“I won’t negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America,” he said.
Without naming him, Obama quoted New Hampshire state lawmaker Bill O’Brien, who called Obamacare “a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.”
“All this would be funny if it wasn’t so crazy,” he added.
And it’s only going to get crazier. Ezra Klein outlines what Boehner’s latest debt limit bill looks like. It’s a fool’s wish list of everything Romney promised to do on day one of his presidency.
In return for a one-year suspension of the debt ceiling, House Republicans are demanding a yearlong delay of Obamacare, Rep. Paul Ryan’s tax reform plan, the Keystone XL pipeline, more offshore oil drilling, more drilling on federally protected lands, rewriting of ash coal regulations, a suspension of the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate carbon emissions, more power over the regulatory process in general, reform of the federal employee retirement program, an overhaul of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations, more power over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s budget, repeal of the Social Services Block Grant, more means-testing in Medicare, repeal of the Public Health trust fund, and more.
All that’s missing is a demand that Obama admit that he was born in Kenya and an executive order invalidating the 2012 election results. Okay, I think it’s time to post this illustration again.