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Mark Caserta: GOP must call out its dysfunctional members – NOW!

22 Sep

Featuring Conservative Review’s “Top 25 Rino” list, as well as the 3 GOP members who will bare “sole responsibility” for the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.  We will not forget…



Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Sep 22, 2017

Click this link to see Conservative Review’s list of Top 25 “Rinos”




It’s time for members of the GOP, the ones who truly value their words over their re-election, to begin calling out the dysfunctional members of their party. These “two-timing” Republicans are destroying your credibility.

And in honor of their incredulous deceit, I, somewhat unceremoniously recognize them for the “most outlandish political lie” in 2016.

Congratulations GOP on winning “Free State Patriot’s ‘Lie of the Year’ Award” for promising the American people that once you controlled both Congress and the presidency, you would immediately repeal and replace Obamacare.

To your discredit, you’ve worked hard over the past eight years for this recognition.

Per the Washington Post, from the time The Affordable Care Act passed in October 2009 to March 2014, the House of Representatives voted 54 times on measures to undo or update the healthcare disaster. When Republicans finally took control of the House on the back of the Tea Party, in 2011, they passed a measure to repeal all of Obamacare, knowing it would never be considered by a Democrat-controlled Senate.

Republicans kept assuring constituents they were attempting to do the “right thing” for their country but stood no chance of successfully ridding our country of President Obama’s healthcare debacle until voters gave them control of the Senate and the presidency.

So, in 2014, conservative voters rose to the occasion and gave the GOP exactly what they asked for – the Senate and full control of Congress.

But Republicans still claimed they lacked the wherewithal to get the job done, under the rule of an ultra-liberal president. We must have the presidency! Once this occurs we promised to become a “death panel” for Obamacare! Just trust us, said the spiders to the fly.

But as we approached the 2016 presidential election, success loomed distant on the horizon. Acquiring the presidency meant defeating the Clinton machine and the liberal media. Who would be the people’s champion?

But from one of the largest Republican fields ever to clutter a debate stage, billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump, a non-politician, emerged the victor. Motivated by a patriot’s love of country, Trump decided to shed the comfort of his entrepreneurial empire and return America to greatness by winning the presidency.

Armed with an agenda, requisitioned by an electoral landslide, Donald Trump stepped into the Oval Office ready to execute the mandate of the people and sign legislation for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

But, incredibly, after having eight years to prepare for this signature moment, Republicans proved more worthless than “teats on a boar hog,” unwilling to fulfill their promise to the American people.

So, what’s it going to be GOP? Are the worthy among you prepared to demand your party do whatever it takes to keep your word? Or shall voters issue your walking papers at the end of your term?

It’s your call, but know this. You work for us.

We will not forget. We will not forgive. We will replace you.

And in the words of ’70s TV detective, Tony Baretta, “You can take that to the bank.”

Contact Senators Rand Paul, John McCain and Susan Collins now!

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.



Mark Caserta: Obamacare repeal and replace simply delayed

1 Apr



Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Mar 31, 2017



Last week’s charade in the House of Representatives confirmed the level of ineptitude on Capitol Hill. For the GOP to have had eight years to reach consensus on a viable healthcare alternative to Obamacare and to be so unprepared is embarrassing.

But “let not your heart be troubled.” Obamacare will eventually be eliminated and replaced with a sustainable healthcare bill that will be affordable for all Americans.

However, what we saw legislatively last week was exactly what we “didn’t” see during the Obama administration – legitimate legislative debate on the content of a proposed healthcare initiative.

Remember, in 2010, when former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at a legislative conference and said, “We have to pass the bill,” speaking of the Affordable Care Act, “so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

Well, it turns out the intended lack of transparency shrouded the multitude of liberal lies about Obama’s signature healthcare law and facilitated its passage.

The GOP establishment, while debilitatingly dimwitted along the way, debated, argued and disagreed on provisions of the American Healthcare Act and ultimately couldn’t agree on the initial piece of legislation. I’m truly encouraged that true conservatives ultimately blocked a potentially flawed bill.

Finally, Americans receive some representation.

But that’s not what you’ll hear from liberal Democrats or the mainstream media. And frankly, the Democrat’s lack of genuine concern for the uninsured is very telling. Obamacare is in a death spiral and liberals seemingly couldn’t care less what happens to the average American, as long as they “win one for Obama.”

So, here’s what we can expect moving forward.

Successfully rewriting one-fifth of the economy will take time, but I assure you the House will eventually have the votes needed to pass a viable healthcare bill, probably in 2017. They don’t want to be unemployed the next election cycle. Subsequently, it will move on to the Senate, where it could be further amended.

But Republican Senators lack the 60 votes needed to pass any sort of healthcare legislation, no matter how good it is. They must resort to a process known as “reconciliation,” which requires only a majority vote and negates a Democrat filibuster. This is the legislative procedure Democrats used to pass portions of Obamacare.

An additional hurdle the GOP must clear is the “Byrd Rule,” named after our beloved Robert C. Byrd. As part of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Byrd Rule states that reconciliation can only be used on legislation that impacts the federal deficit.

Now, clearly this is budgetary in nature, but if it rises to the level of debate in the Senate that I expect, the presiding officer of the Senate, the vice president of the United States, has the final word on what’s permissible on reconciliation and what’s not.

So, despite liberal Democrats presenting this as an Obamacare victory, it necessarily delayed the inevitable.

As part of making America great again, Donald Trump will ensure every American has access to affordable healthcare.

Just as he promised.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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