“Root and Branch” or Gently Pruning?

Robert New
Robert New

Since the day after ObamaCare was signed into law Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has been like a little chick hit on the head with an acorn, telling everyone who would listen that the ObamaCare sky is falling and it is the worst piece of legislation to ever come out of a Washington back room deal. He has preached to us the need to get rid of this law “root and branch”. We’ve heard it on Senate floor speeches, in press conferences, in town halls and in fundraising mailers.

In an attempt to fend off a challenge from conservatives, Senator McConnell hired professional campaign manager Jesse Benton from Ron and Rand Paul’s campaigns. He has been trying to convince us that he is more conservative than everyone thinks. In reality his scorecard from FreedomWorks is a respectable 92%, only one vote separates him from Rand Paul’s score of 100%. But being a conservative is more than hiring a campaign manager or making a speech. In the face of today’s media and the President’s endless campaign of divisiveness it requires boldness and courage to do what is needed to protect our freedoms and save the American dream for future generations. Ronald Reagan once said, “The future doesn’t belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave.”

We are facing a point of no return in the House and Senate. Since Congress has again failed to properly pass a budget, they will soon be debating a continuing resolution to fund the government for another few months. In both the Senate and House, bills have been filed to attach to the CR that will deny funding to ObamaCare, in effect shutting it down.

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) have both written letters to their respective leadership, committing to vote NO on any CR that does not include the ObamaCare defunding proposal. While many have signed on to these letters, there are many more who have not. Senator McConnell has not.

Isn’t it ironic that the Senate Minority Leader who has promised us that he will do all he can to repeal ObamaCare “root and branch”, who has campaigned on that promise, who has stood on the Senate floor claiming the ObamaCare sky is falling, who has carted around a 7’ tall stack of paper to represent the egregious regulations that the Affordable Care Act is placing on individuals and businesses, is now having second thoughts?

Is it the fear of President Obama shutting down the government by not signing the CR if it should pass or is it casting a vote with conservatives while holding his nose that has McConnell balking? In recent polling by FreedomWorks, when asked if they really like or really don’t like ObamaCare 37% said really don’t like vs. only 26% who really like. The same question by Kaiser (28%-16%), Rasmussen (39%-18%), and Crossroads (36%-22%) shows just how much people support stopping implementation of this law before it does any more damage. In a recent FreedomWorks poll 72% want Congress to “keep their promises” and “stick to their principles”.

I’d like to urge Senator McConnell to actually pull up this weed “root and branch” as he promised and stop just pruning it before it takes over like Kudzu, strangling everything in its path.

Call Senator Mitch McConnell at 202-224-2541 in DC or 502-582-6304 at his Louisville office and let him know it’s time to live up to the promises he has made. – Robert New

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