As a member of a United Methodist congregation, I take a special interest in what the elites of the church are up to. In the past, I have been really critical of their policies and beliefs. So once again, I am must call out more nonsense coming from the UMC.
Refresher: Remember when Nancy Pelosi said this?
Apparently, the United Methodist Church was a part of the whole "let's pass Obamacare and figure it all out later" crowd. Unfortunately for them, it might wind up costing them....
When Obamacare became law, the church elites were joyous. The president of the of the Council of Bishops, Gregory Palmer "rejoiced" when Obamacare passed. Jim Winkler, the radical left-wing chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, had this to say:
"For decades, the General Board of Church and Society has worked alongside thousands of United Methodists to achieve health care for all in the U.S.,"........."This vote brings us closer to that reality."
Heck even Nancy Pelosi had the entire UMC Board of Church and Society listed on her website as a group supporting the healthcare overhaul.Well, that was then. This is now. In an article posted on the UMC's website on September 24th, the UMC now wants an Obamacare "fix" for them:
The United Methodist health benefits agency wants Congress to pass a fix to the U.S. health care legislation commonly called Obamacare.
I'll be honest. It is really, really, hard for me to feel sorry for these people. The UMC made its bed. Let it lay in it.
It was so important to pass Obamacare. It just had to be done and it had to be done fast. No one knew what was in it. No one knew what all implications there would be. Not a single person knew. Not Obama, not Harry Reid, not Nancy Pelosi, not any of the idiots who voted for it, not Jim Winkler and not Gregory Palmer.
Yet, they were so happy! And now look at what is happening. The very law that they "rejoiced" when passed is getting ready to screw them. So what do they do? Yell and scream and demand that it be "fixed" for them. What about the rest of us? What about all the people that will lose their insurance? What about all the people who is having their hours cut? Is the UMC standing up for these people? No, no and no.
Awaiting me in my inbox tonight was an email from the junior Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker. He attempts to justify his vote for funding Obamacare and it makes me sick. Here is his email:
I wanted to take the opportunity to share my position during what has been a confusing debate on the Senate floor over the last few days. Like you, I am concerned about the negative effects the President's health care reform law is having on our state, our country, and future generations. I have continued to oppose Obamacare at every turn, including efforts to repeal and defund it.
Today, I voted in support of advancing the House continuing resolution that would permanently defund Obamacare while funding the federal government. After the defunding provision in the bill was struck by an amendment that I opposed, I voted against passage of the amended bill. The bill, nonetheless, passed the Senate with only Democratic votes, and now moves back to the House. In the House, Republicans have the majority and can make other good policy changes that continue the fight against Obamacare. I hope the House can send something back to the Senate that will pass both chambers.
Some have suggested that it would be better to shut down the government rather than accept a bill that lacks the Obamacare defunding provision. But this would be self-defeating: a shutdown would not prevent Obamacare's implementation because the funding for it is almost entirely mandatory, meaning that it occurs regardless of a shutdown. This tactic would only divert attention from the cascading reports of the very real consequences of the law for individuals, families and American businesses.
This doesn't mean we say "game over." It means we work toward actual solutions that have a possibility of becoming a reality. I look forward to the Senate taking up the bill again after the House improves it.
Does he think we are stupid? Let's review:
I have continued to oppose Obamacare at every turn
This is an outright lie. Bob Corker did NOT oppose Obamacare "at every turn." If he truly opposed Obamacare at every turn he would have voted AGAINST cloture, which leads us to....
After the defunding provision in the bill was struck by an amendment that I opposed, I voted against passage of the amended bill. The bill, nonetheless, passed the Senate with only Democratic votes, and now moves back to the House
No crap Corker! This is exactly why you should NOT HAVE VOTED FOR CLOTURE! The Cruz/Lee coalition said this would happen and anyone with two brain cells to rub together knew the Democrats would do this. If Corker and the other traitors would have voted against cloture, the Democrats could have never proposed and then eventually passed the amendment that funded Obamacare! Corker played parliamentary games which lead to funding Obamacare. Now, he wants us to believe that he fought against funding Obamacare when it was funded BECAUSE of his vote for cloture or as he puts it, he "voted in support of advancing the House continuing resolution that would permanently defund Obamacare. "
Some have suggested that it would be better to shut down the government rather than accept a bill that lacks the Obamacare defunding provision. But this would be self-defeating
And here we have it. Corker is admitting his cowardice. He is so afraid of a government shutdown that he voted to fund Obamacare. We have a monstrous piece of legislation waiting to unleash all sorts of havoc on the American people and Bob Corker backs down from defunding it because why? A national park might close for a day or two? Pathetic.
Bottom line: Obamacare was funded in the Senate today because of Bob Corker. No amount of spinning on his part will change this.
The discussion of Mark Levin's new book, The Liberty Amendments, is kicking off this week. We will take it one chapter per week. It will be very informal. Feel free to post whatever you find interesting about Chapter One below.
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