Wednesday, September 05, 2012


In early 2010, President Barack Obama was struggling to attain enough votes in the US House to pass the abomination now known as "Obamacare." With no Republicans wanting to commit political suicide throw support behind that monstrosity, the Affordable Care Act was going to be hung around the Democrats' neck. Despite a healthy Democrat majority in the House, there were some self-proclaimed pro life Dems who were holding out on voting yes, including Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak. Not wanting to lose the opportunity to enact a significant power grab, Obama negotiated a deal by agreeing to the issuance of an Executive Order banning all Federal Funding of abortions. Of course, anyone with a grasp of political gamesmanship knows that an E.O. has no teeth (e.g. the President ordering the closing of Gitmo his first day on the job). Nevertheless, Stupak agreed to the compromise, thus withdrawing his opposition to ACA.

It took about 2-1/2 years, but the retired Stupak (he did not seek reelection in November 2010) has apparently come to the realization he was duped.

“I am perplexed and disappointed that, having negotiated the Executive Order with the President, not only does the HHS mandate violate the Executive Order but it also violates statutory law.”

To say "We told you so" seems rather juvenile. In lieu of such a childish phrase, I'll go with "Mr. Stupak, we informed you thusly."


1 comment:

StarBittrune said...

Reminds me of the old story of the boy who took pity on a snake on a cold mountainside. The snake promised he would not bite the boy if he carried him down to the warm valley below. At the bottom, the boy gently set the snake down, then the snake immediately bit him. The boy asked, "Why? You promised you wouldn't hurt me!" The snake replied, "You knew what I was when you picked me up."