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Punish responsibility + reward negligence = equality

Washington marched relentlessly toward its first federal shutdown in 17 years Saturday after House Speaker John A. Boehner yielded to conservative demands to use a government-funding bill to press an attack on President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.

Early Sunday morning, the House approved a plan to keep the government open past midnight Monday. But under pressure from Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and other GOP hard-liners, Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to amend the bill to include a one-year delay of the health law’s mandates, taxes and benefits — ensuring a stalemate with the Democratic Senate.


They say the attack on Obamacare will hurt Republicans. I say it has potential long term benefits for American conservatives.

The health care reform law is designed to shift costs to young, healthy, responsible Americans to benefit all of those who are otherwise. That can end up turning these best Americans against the law that is sucking the life out of them and into the arms of the Republican party that has taken a stand against this new strain of socialism.

It seems more to me that it will be seen as an opportunistic, purely Machiavellian move. There is a degree of truth to this. The Republican party as it is cannot hope to attract young Americans to any significant extent no matter their political persuasion.

The above is somewhat confirmed by the last ditch proposal by Republicans to delay Obamacare for one year. This is an entirely political move by a party that is utterly disconnected from its base, and probably doesnt even relate to them anymore.

The move is aligned with their base. The House are doing the job they were elected to do.