March 31, 2010

It is not only Democrats who fear a political backlash come November. So do Republicans. “Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama’s new health care law,” reports the Associated Press.

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“We believe the issue of repeal is one that puts the Republicans in a pretty sticky place,” said Democrat Menendez. “You never want to wage a campaign telling voters you want to take something away from them.” Take something away? Like a crushing national debt?

Criticizing Obamacare and the authoritarian tactics of the Democrats is one thing. Actually repealing Obamacare is quite another, according to establishment Republicans.

“Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade.” In short, they may hold Republicans responsible, as they should.

“Democrats are counting on that scenario. They say more Americans will learn of the new law’s benefits over time and anger over its messy legislative pedigree will fade. For months, Democrats have eagerly catalogued Republican congressional candidates who pledge to repeal the health care law, vowing to make them pay in November,” claims the AP.

Democrats are crossing their fingers and hoping Obama’s propaganda campaign hits pay dirt. It will not. Americans are opposed to Obamacare in large numbers. Most of them realize the program will jack up the national debt and increase the power of the federal government.

“Republican leaders are stepping cautiously, wary of angering staunchly conservative voters bent on repealing the new law. In recent public comments, they have quietly played down the notion of repealing the law while emphasizing claims that it will hurt jobs, the economy and the deficit.”

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In other words, Democrats and Republicans are on the same page. Republicans do not oppose an ever growing and more tyrannical federal government — so long as they are in control.

Republican strategist Kevin Madden told the AP Republican candidates should not get bogged down in the mechanics of a repeal and focus instead on issues such as costs.

Republicans have no intention of running on the fact that Obamacare is unconstitutional and needs to be repealed immediately. Instead they will pay a numbers game. It should be obvious by now that Republicans, just like their Democrat colleagues, have instructions to crank up the national debt.

A growing number of Americans understand this.

Come November, we are likely to see a fresh crop of independents running for Congress. Let’s hope most of them want to roll back the power of government and send the bankers packing.

Short of that, we will get more of the same.

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