Given President Obama’s abdication in presenting select priorities to the Congress, Selfish Citizenship took the initiative to spell out the top seven legislative priorities for 2013 at the beginning of the year.
With a Democratic Senate and President, ObamaCare will not be repealed soon, see repeated and ineffective votes in the House to repeal. Unfortunately, its taxes will start hurts the pockets of Americans in 2013, which has resulted in remorse from lazy Democratic legislators who failed to be attentive to the negative consequences of that disastrous legislation. In addition, members of Congress and legislative aides now fear a brain drain as the law gets applied to the legislative branch. Meanwhile, individual states are refusing to participate in the law.
An alternative strategy to repeal is defunding. Congress has a history of passing laws that it refuses to fund after the fact. Through the haggling over FY 2014 appropriations, the House should be able to single-handedly block funding for executive efforts to implement the legislation.
House Budget Committee chairman has promised to use the budget to kill ObamaCare, but will Speaker Boehner have the backbone to hold the line against the Senate and our President?
This does not solve the destructive influence that ObamaCare will have over our private medical system. Given that the current Congress will not repeal as it should, this at least is a half measure that follows the congressional history of hiding from the consequences it has created with bad legislation.
In summary of the seven legislative priorities, Congress needs to take the lead in fixing the problems created by prior Congresses. All of these man-made problems were the predictable consequence of choices made in the Congress. Now is the time for Congress to choose differently and these seven New Year’s Resolutions for Congress are a solid start.
Links to all the priorities that Congress should set:
Extra Point: From cartoonist Bosh Fawstin