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Strange bedfellows: AFP radio ad quotes union bosses slamming Obamacare

posted at 11:36 am on August 27, 2013 by

Jimmy Hoffa’s Teamsters and the Koch Brothers — unlikely Obamacare allies:

The schadenfreude-prone side of me wouldn’t mind seeing organized labor suffer the consequences of their reflexive and unflinching support for Democrats through the years, to the tune of billions in donations over the last few cycles alone.  You wanted this president, and you’ve got him.  Wear it.  Practically speaking, though, the broader the anti-Obamacare coalition becomes, the better.  Big labor has grown increasingly hostile to President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment as they’ve incrementally discovered, ahem, “what is in it.”  Welcome to the party, guys.  Conservatives should resist the urge to deliver endless “I told you so” lectures, in favor of working to leverage this momentary collaboration to further undermine public support for the inaptly-named “Affordable” Care Act.  Americans for Prosperity scores with this spot.  Obamacare’s harmful effects cut across across all demographic groups, and transcend ideology — which helps explain its enduring unpopularity.  One political party, and one political party alone, is responsible for the existence of this law and its litany of unfair delays and crony carve-outs.  If conservatives can tear themselves away from their myopic civil war over Obamacare tactics, they might actually manage to convince a wide swath of voters to punish Democrats at the ballot box next fall.

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they might actually manage to convince a wide swath of voters to punish Democrats at the ballot box next fall.

Guy, I do believe that is EXACTLY what ‘they’ did in 2010. See how well that worked out?

Short version: Until we return to a truly representative government, no electoral strategy of containing government excesses will work.

Or, if you believe that we have a truly representative government at this point, then this is America’s reward for electing them.

Either way, I refuse to vote for this system any longer. If you believe the first assertion, then my vote is meaningless because the people I vote for will not represent me. If you believe the second assertion, the people I vote for will not be elected, as America has proved that it simply wants bread and circuses.

Scott H on August 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Either way, I refuse to vote for this system any longer.
Scott H on August 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

But the campaign will continue until everyone declares their irrelevance.

rhombus on August 28, 2013 at 7:24 AM