In what will likely be one of the final acts of his career as a Senator, John McCain may have scuttled the last chance to repeal ObamaCare, a law that he voted against, that was sold to the public on false pretenses, was widely disliked, and that he and his fellow Republicans had promised for seven years to repeal the first chance they got. McCain says he wants ObamaCare repealed, but only if it´s done through "regular order." Nearly 30 years ago, however, that wasn´t the excuse McCain gave in his battle to protect another unpopular health law targeted for repeal. In 1988,
Setting McCain aside for now - this from the article: ObamaCare, a law that he voted against, that was sold to the public on false pretenses... Okay - that part. Why - when a law is passed like O-care was - under CLEARLY false pretences, and it has indeed turned out to be a disaster - why is it so difficult to undo what was passed with the level of chicanery that this law was? Why cannot We The People have more say in the matter? Obviously, our votes for our REPRESENTatives is insufficient - we voted exactly for them to undo this, and now that they have the people we put there to do their job - they blanch and basically are REFUSING to repeal it, over OUR demands!! McCain is only part of the problem. (But a particularly irritating one.)
McCain is still the shiny object distraction from the GOPe fraud once termed "REPEAL".
What´s important to note is that Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal, we now have a consensus that the Federal government is to continue to control the medical services and insurance industries - effectively nationalizing them to make medicine "affordable" under their supervision.
McCain is history. GOPcare is still the law of the land. The underlying principle is precedent for infinity.
McCain is making it clear that fixing the illogical and expensive mess left by Obamacare will require him to die first and for his replacement to do what he campaigned on and promised to do. This turncoat man has no honor, and the Nation will be better off--sorry to say--after he´s gone. The honorable thing for him to do is to resign now and get his affairs in order. He doesn´t belong in the Senate any longer.
#4 - allow me to suggest several answers to your postulations.
1) political and social polarization: if I am for something, they are against it. I personally have two in-laws that have expressed that sentiment directly to my face. They don´t care about the consequences or whether the subject is good for them or the country. If the conservative is for something, they will fight it.
2) once elected, most politicians don´t give a flip about what their constituents say or desire. They know that any consequences to their actions are two (or six) years away. McCain is the most recent example of a petty, uncaring, selfish politician. He knows there is not a damn thing we can do about his decisions and relishes that feeling. Unlike McCain, the smarter politicians try to hide their disdain for the great unwashed.
1) He LOVES that Fawning Media Spotlight. Think of how many times during President Bush (43)´s term, that McCain did what the leftwing media loves...´Crossed the Aisle´, was ´Bipartisan´, was a ´Maverick´..... and ALWAYS to SUPPORT THE LEFT!
2) He HATES President Trump.
One last thing.... McCain will grasp that Senatorial POWER until they PRY it from his COLD, DEAD FINGERS!
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