Ted Cruz and Laura Ingraham: Defunding Obamacare and “Government Shutdown”
In this 16-minute excerpt, Sen. Ted Cruz and talk-show host Laura Ingraham debate the pros and cons of Cruz’ proposed rider to the Continuing Resolution that would fund the government in full except for Obamacare. In that CR, all payment for Obamacare, both discretionary and mandatory, would be blocked.
In short, the federal government could go right on spending as it has been, except for Obamacare.
Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate have threatened in advance to block any CR that does not fund Obamacare. With their servile, boot-licking media in tow, the Democrats believe they can blame the Republicans for any subsequent forced “shutdown,” missing Social Security checks, undelivered school breakfasts, cuts in food stamps, and so on.
In the video/audio excerpt below, one strong conservative voice, Charles Krauthammer, actually advises the GOP to reject the Cruz strategy. Why? Because the GOP doesn’t have the guts to follow through. You can hear his explanation on the audio track. Do you hear that, GOP? Boehner? McCain? McConnell? Is he right?
The GOP could not possibly have a stronger hand. Obamacare is a train wreck, it stinks, and everybody knows it. Good policy is to defund it. Any “shutdowns” that occur would be 100% the fault of Obama and the Democrats since the Cruz approach offers them all the money they want for everything else.
And yet —
The GOP is so timid and tentative at delivering this simple logical message to the American people that they are terrified of using the leverage they’re holding — a leverage granted to them by the Founding Fathers for an occasion just like this one. Instead, they live in perpetual fear of ridicule by a media that will never treat them fairly. So most of them are opting for what a Cruz staffer calls “preemptive surrender.”
I do hope Cruz and his cohorts, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio are successful in their quest to have the House offer a CR that funds everything but Obamacare. If they don’t, once this program starts up, we’ll be stuck with it in some form for all of our lifetimes. It will not “collapse on its own.” It will become a giant white elephant that will be granted one “fix” after another, year after year.
Furthermore, if the GOP capitulates (again) on an issue this urgent with a hand this strong, when can we ever expect Republicans to show some leadership and courage?
The right path forward is to follow the Cruz plan and immediately hit the bricks with an accurate, forceful, preemptive message to the American people. Hold a press conference every 48 hours repeating the same message. Take some of Reince Priebus’ RNC money, nominally allocated for still more high-priced beltway consultants, and hire a first-rate PR firm instead. Get the message out, and don’t stop pushing it until the Senate and Obama accept the CR.
Tell America that Barack Obama, the great “man of the people”, is promising to hold children, the poor, and the aged hostage to his turkey of a health care plan. Tell America that:
- If your Social Security check isn’t delivered, it will be because Obama stopped it.
- If your EBT card can’t be recharged, it will be because Obama so ordered it.
- If a school breakfast isn’t delivered to your child, it will be because Obama wanted children to go hungry that morning.
These disasters will be on him. It will all be on him. It will be Obama that refused to accept the funding that Republicans explicitly authorized.
This strategy also happens to be the right thing to do politically. As Ted Cruz says, this is a case where good policy (actually essential policy) makes good politics!