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My understanding of compromise is that you must accept something you disagree with in order to obtain something that you want. It therefore seems absurd to me that GOP representatives consider passing a bill that they agree with and would otherwise pass as a concession. Yet this is all they offer in exchange for sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. This is blackmail.
The ACA is law. It was passed by legal legislative means, it was pronounced constitutional by the Supreme Court, and it cleared a proxy referendum in the form of a presidential election in which the loser ran on the platform of repealing it. Now a thin but vocal minority would burn down the farmhouse if it doesn't get its way on what color to paint the bedroom walls. They claim to do this because, in their own words, once the program starts it would be even harder to undo because too many people will like it. That's some great argument.
If the ACA fails, let it be on its merits or lack thereof. Time will tell. But if it fails because of deliberate sabotage or subterfuge, then that will prove nothing. You don't get to deliberately smash something and then claim it was manufactured poorly. Regarding the tantrums the GOP threw because they cannot accomplish what they want legislatively, let them have their fits. Americans aren't as stupid as they think we are.
As days turn to weeks in the shutdown, blame will continue to scale up for them and down for their counterparts. It happened precisely that way in the mid-1990s. They appear willing to take that chance. Democrats should call them on it.
William J. Dowling