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Robert Ariail

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 2 years ago

    Tell them you’ll get NOTHING and like it!

  2. Grady Richardson

    Grady Richardson said, almost 2 years ago

    Not accurate. The Democrats already gave up quite a bit, the single payer option chief among them, to get the legislation passed.

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, almost 2 years ago

    I watched Obama’s speech this afternoon. He kept repeating that he will not negotiate until the House passes the CR and deficit ceiling bills as written by the Democratic Senate, then he’ll be happy to negotiate entitlements.

    They’re called ‘entitlements’ because the people paid for them, and just because they paid in full, they feel entitled. The very idea. After paying into Social Security, lazy old people who didn’t work hard and earn a billion or two think they’re entitled to get all their money back with 5% interest. The very idea.

    Obama has said he’ll be very happy to discuss de-funding Social Security. But the ACA stays.

    The Republicans can refuse to fund anything else, but they cannot refuse to fund the ACA, because the essence of the ACA does not use any government money. The subsidies, which are strictly optional, would use government funds, so the House can refuse to fund them, but the basic idea that everyone who doesn’t have insurance has to give money to the insurance companies for plans that, when you read the fine print, don’t cover anything, that will be Obama’s legacy, and it’s going to happen, no matter what.

    Meanwhile, no one knows how the Republicans will respond to that speech. We’re waiting.

    Right now, the US government is spending about $4 for every $3.50 it takes in. If it hits the debt ceiling, it can only spend $3.50, or a cut of about 1/8. Obama refused to say which 1/8 he plans to cut, saying it’s unthinkable that the Republicans in the House don’t accept the Senate bills unchanged and return to normalcy.

    Many say, since the House and Senate and Executive and Supreme Court passed a law, the House MUST fund it. This has NEVER been true of English law. When kings were sovereign and could proclaim anything they liked, they still had to ask Parliament for money to fund their proclamations. But only the ACA subsidies need the House to fund them, and Obama is not insisting on those subsides. So the House refused to fund all ‘non-essential government services’. Still legal, and used before (when Charles I was king). Irresponsible, maybe, but not illegal.

  4. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 2 years ago

    “I’m not sure even what that is…”

  5. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago


  6. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    This would be funnier if it reflected the situation. The idea that both parties are to blame for the Republicans trying to undo a law that was passed is simply inaccurate.

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