GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party)

English: President Barack Obama's signature on...

English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No longer the Grand Old Party or even the Grand Opposition Party, the current GOP have degenerated into the Party of No. No matter what President Obama proposes, the GOP are against it. Not by principle, but by politics, the GOP put politics ahead of country. For example, the Affordable Care Act is based on a proposal from the right-wing Heritage Foundation and echoes Romneycare, enacted in Massachusetts while Mitt was governor. If the Affordable Care Act were Heritage Foundationcare or Romneycare, the GOP would support it. Since it is called Obamacare, they oppose it.

It is the essence of an opposition party to oppose the party in power, propose alternate solutions, and then compromise for the good of the country. The GOP no longer do that. Instead, they oppose for the sake of opposing and refuse compromise. That is why they are now the Grand Obstruction Party. The solution is fragmentation of the GOP with the rational bits and pieces re-assembling themselves into a functioning opposition party. Where are the Republicans with the courage to say “no” to obstruction?

Round 2

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This photo is from the Time 100 Gala – read how I feel about Elizabeth Warren. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some on the left want Elizabeth Warren as the Democratic candidate in 2016, while former Senator Scott Brown would be a good choice for the GOP. That would produce a contest between two candidates from Massachusetts who contested a Senate election in 2012. Warren won that one, defeating Brown.

Scott Brown

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Official portrait of United States Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown. Recently Ted Cruz said that he would like an US Senate composed of 100 Jesse Helms. On the other hand, I would prefer to replace just three Senators, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz himself, with Senators like Scott Brown. In his book, Scott portrays himself as someone who thinks for himself and is not afraid to say what he thinks and works for the common good. With more Senators like him and replacing some of the more outspoken TEA Party members in the House, Congress would be a far more able body than it is now.

Scott Brown had a very difficult childhood, but he worked hard to overcome those difficulties. With hard work and some luck, he rose to the US Senate. I admire what he has accomplished and I hope that his stay on FOX News is only a temporary one. I disagree with Scott on some of the issues, but I respect and admire the man. If he is a candidate for president in 2016, I believe that he would be a stronger candidate than Chris Christie. By coincidence, I am currently reading the book, Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power by Bob Ingle and Michael G. Symons. I’ll report on that book in a future post.

We want Romneycare

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English: Official portrait of US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If the GOP are successful at some point in the future in repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), have they given any thought to the consequences? According to Marco Rubio, Americans can vote with their feet and leave Massachusetts to escape Romneycare. What if Congress repeals Obamacare and does not replace it? Midwesterners and New Yorkers may decide to retire in Massachusetts rather than Florida. If the trend to Massachusetts catches on and Massachusetts gains population and other states lose population, that will affect the census. Massachusetts will gain members of Congress and other states will lose Representatives. Eventually if carried to extremes, the US will have 49 states with one Representative each and Massachusetts will have 386 Representatives in Congress. In presidential elections, it will be only necessary to carry one state, Massachusetts.

Of course, other states will not permit this to happen. They will begin to offer their own versions of Romneycare, perhaps Romneycare Plus or Romneycare Advantage. Those states that resist offering healthcare will see their populations decrease and their representation in Congress decline. The GOP should be happy with this. They often want to give Federal programs to the states, starting what is usually a race to the bottom. Democrats like President Obama in his education reform often support a race to the top.

Who is Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who is Mitt Romney
That all the swains adore
And all the fans of Ayn Rand abhor?
Who is Mitt Romney?
Mitt’s a looter and moocher both
With assets hidden from
Cayman shores to Switzerland and beyond
Who is Mitt Romney?
Author of Romneycare,
Moderate governor of liberal Massachusetts
Raiser of fees extraordinary
Who is Mitt Romney?
Exporter of jobs
Destroyer of KB Toys
Who is Mitt Romney?
Only his tax preparer knows for sure
Who Mitt Romney is.