Well, well, well. Looks like that small handful of Republicans who are actually Constitutional conservatives–Cruz, Lee, and…well, that’s all I can come up with off the top of my head–who engineered the HORRIBLE, STUPID, SELF-DEFEATING, STUPID, POLITICALLY SUICIDAL, and STUPID Obama-Reid “shutdown,” which was the greatest disaster ever to occur on American soil and which, we were told, would inevitably result in Democrat Socialists being in charge of things for the rest of the solar system’s natural existence, just might have been onto something after all, eh?
Rep. John Barrow (D-GA): “I urge my colleagues and the Administration to delay the individual mandate. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the only practical thing to do.” (Floor Remarks, 10/23/13)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA): “Rep. Gerry Connolly (D., Va.) said that the administration might need to waive the penalties if the federal website problems persist. ‘We’ve got to be fair to consumers here,’ he said Wednesday.’” (Wall Street Journal, 10/24/13)
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX): “Rep. Gene Green (D., Texas) said the law allows the White House to waive penalties, and if technology problems are protracted, it should act. ‘I think the administration is going to have to look at it, and I’d encourage them to do so,’ he said.” (Wall Street Journal, 10/24/13)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): “‘If the problems are intense as they are this morning, then maybe we would have to consider a short delay in terms of the individual mandate,’ New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell, a member of the Health subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, said on Wednesday.” (Yahoo News, 10/23/13)
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD): “‘It’s not about the time, it’s about getting it right,’ says Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). ‘And then you can look to see whether it needs to be a month delay or a two month delay, or whatever.’” (Time, 10/24/13)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK): “Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska), who is up for re-election in 2014, said Wednesday that individuals shouldn’t be penalized if technical issues with the HealthCare.gov website aren’t resolved.” (Wall Street Journal, 10/24/13)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): “Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va….is working on a bill to delay the individual mandate by a year, his office confirmed Wednesday. … ‘He believes that this year should be a transition year and the penalty should not be imposed. … Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said in an emailed statement.” (Roll Call, 10/23/13)
But…but…but…it’s THE LAW OF THE LAND!! And those goddamned bomb-throwing, hostage-taking Tea Party/KKK EXTREMISTS knew it, and didn’t care! All of a sudden, intentionally loosing anarchy on the nation and destroying the economy–which is what Cruz and Co were alleged to be doing, and ironically enough is what Ogabe and Pals have actually been doing all along–is okay now that the O-care rollout has proved to be a total disaster to all three of the people who actually bothered to try to sign up (and weren’t affiliated with any media organizations)?
All sarcasm aside, my position remains the same: no delay, no exemptions, no fooling about. This abomination needs to be implemented exactly as written, on the precise schedule originally demanded by the Democrat Socialists and their Klown Kar regime. They’ve had almost four years; there’s no need whatever for Republicans or conservatives to come riding to their rescue now by allowing them time to fine-tune what was always going to be no better than a fiasco. Let the voters get what they voted for. The best and fastest way to cure an inclination towards socialism is to let people experience it themselves firsthand–the full dose, good and hard.