The Party of No’s Duplicitous About Faces
June 18, 2012
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America has now had nearly four years of the GOP strategy of opposition to all Obama and Democratic-sponsored legislation. In many key cases, the opposition is clearly not based on traditional ideological differences but rather “just because.” Just because it’s more important for the President’s initiatives to fail than it is to do the right thing for the country. The two most glaring examples are Republican opposition to 1) the Affordable Care Act based on the individual mandate to buy health insurance and 2) the DREAM act.
In both cases, the Republican Party had previously not only supported but initiated and sponsored essentially the same provisions that they now decry as unconstitutional. The DREAM Act –which would allow children of illegal immigrants to gain permanent residency– was first sponsored by none other than the ultimate Right Winger, Senator Orrin Hatch in 2001 and he voiced support for it as recently as 2010. The individual mandate as part of health care reform has been proposed by the GOP since 1999.