Friday, November 21, 2014

Is it too much to ask the Republicans to now put forward and pass their own bills on immigration and healthcare?

Could they not even do this incrementally in a timely fashion?

Quotes from my own congressman, Pat Tiberi (R-OHIO).

“That's the hundred million dollar question,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), “How do you stop an inaction? That's the tough question that I don't have the answer to today....Just to go a step further: 'shut the government down.' That doesn't stop this inaction. Don't fund immigration service. That doesn't stop this inaction. How do you stop this inaction?”
“That doesn't stop the action of the executive order. That's what we have to be smart about this. I think he wants us to do that. In a really weird way, I think he wants us to be fighting him on a personal level and not focused on the issues, because he got beat on the issues in the November election. If we make this about him – which I think he wants us to, that's why he's doing this – it's a huge distraction on all the policy issues, [like] repealing pieces of Obamacare,” Tiberi said.
Pat Tiberi has been a congressman since 2001. The question is why aren’t he and the other Republicans now putting forth and passing positive legislation on immigration and health care. There are even large areas where there is a consensus. That would be the message that the Republican party should be taking from the last election. Both parties have been rebuked in the opinion polls and by the electorate. It might also be a good idea for the Congress to stay in session for the first three months to do some of the heavy lifting, particularly in terms of jobs and the economy.