On Thursday, we watched the Benghazi hearings go from a thinly-veiled political witch hunt to a partisan dumpster fire. After this debacle that ironically made Hillary Clinton look presidential, Republicans should have learned their lesson and focused on another political issue that might not make them look like desperate partisan hacks. Then again, that would require utilizing common sense, something Republicans haven’t been all that great at for the past several years.
Speaking strictly from a strategic standpoint, if you’ve just had your tail whipped on national television on an issue like Benghazi, you should try to rebuild by focusing on a political matter that you might gain back some credibility with.
That’s not what House Republicans are doing, because they never seem to learn. Now, they’re not only launching a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood, but they’re also trying to defund the organization and put a dent in Obamacare via a bill that would theoretically bypass a Senate filibuster.
Via The Associated Press:
The legislation would eliminate the health law’s requirements that most people without employer-provided health coverage buy individual policies, and that most companies provide medical insurance. It would also eliminate the statute’s tax on medical devices and another on high-priced insurance policies that doesn’t take effect until 2018.
It also prevents Planned Parenthood from getting federal money for a year — the GOP reaction to secretly recorded tapes showing group officials describing how they sometimes provide researchers with tissue from aborted fetuses. (Source)
As a former conservative Republican, I have to ask, what in the fresh hell is wrong with these people? It’s not just Republicans in Congress; across the country, the GOP has declared war on Planned Parenthood for political points with their base. In Texas, officials raided Planned Parenthood clinics after ending their Medicaid funding.
None of this makes any sense if you’re a political party that is losing, which is why Republicans are also going back after Obamacare – because that’s worked out so well for them in the past.
That’s right, the House has passed another piece of anti-Obamacare legislation, for the 61st time. At this point, it’s obvious that House Republicans are either out of new ideas, they’re too lazy to try something else, or they assume their base is simply too stupid to care.
The bill doesn’t stand a chance since President Obama will veto it, but that doesn’t matter to the lawmakers who passed it and the people who elected them. It may not even pass the Senate because some GOP senators do not think it goes far enough.
Three Republican senators, including presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, have said they will vote against it because it only repeals some aspects of Obamacare. Republicans cannot afford to lose any more votes in that chamber.
Republicans said it was important to force Obama to veto the bill, which contains two of their top priorities. (Source)
If you or I showed up to work when we felt like it, and then spent our time there wasting the company’s money, we would be unemployed very quickly. Sadly, that’s exactly what Republicans have been doing ever since they took control of Congress.
At the end of the day, we can be outraged about this, but they’re going to keep on doing this until we hold them accountable. Turn your anger into action; get involved, help to educate others, and vote!
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