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WASHINGTON — Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.
Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.
It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.
“We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse,” said one coalition member, Michael A. Needham, who runs Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. “At least at Heritage Action, we felt very strongly from the start that this was a fight that we were going to pick.”
Last week the country witnessed the fallout from that strategy: a standoff that has shuttered much of the federal bureaucracy and unsettled the nation. To many Americans, the shutdown came out of nowhere. But interviews with a wide array of conservatives show that the confrontation that precipitated the crisis was the outgrowth of a long-running effort to undo the law, the Affordable Care Act, since its passage in 2010 — waged by a galaxy of conservative groups with more money, organized tactics and interconnections than is commonly known.
With polls showing Americans deeply divided over the law, conservatives believe that the public is behind them. Although the law’s opponents say that shutting down the government was not their objective, the activists anticipated that a shutdown could occur — and worked with members of the Tea Party caucus in Congress who were excited about drawing a red line against a law they despise. A defunding “tool kit” created in early September included talking points for the question, “What happens when you shut down the government and you are blamed for it?” The suggested answer was the one House Republicans give today: “We are simply calling to fund the entire government except for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.”
The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation. The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.
To add a little more to this topic.Personally, I think both sides are gaming the the American people. Both sides funded by large corporate interests, both sides acting in accordance with that funding. We're in the midst of running into a multitude of disasters, and a lot of people, including many on this site, want to play this game as if it were a team sport. Unfortunately, we're in this thing together, and until we come together as a whole with ideals for the betterment of everyone, we'll continue to spin our tires , never gaining any traction. It's a high stakes game and you're the ones being played!
The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort.
If they are really stupid enough (and it would be pure, actual, real, stupidity here) to believe THIS would have done THAT? They don't deserve to be in office anyway. I'll be happy to help vote 'em out.
Then on the 18th everyone will wake up to over 50 million at or below poverty levels, unemployment around 15%-20%, a corrupt political system, a corrupt financial system, poor foreign policy, poor education, poor infrastructure, and Detroit Michigan.Just because it isn't the end of the world doesn't mean these serious problems went away.
reply to post by Willtell
Here's another tinfoil element for you to ponder (you l'il progressive you!)
What if it's not the end of the world after October 17th?
What if all the scare, all the fear, all the drama, all the doom, it just fluff?
(What if our government collapses yet we remain standing?)
What if it all rubbish?
What if, after October 17th, the sun still rises in the east, birds still sing, bees still buzz, people still try to find work. . .
. . . . what if our government just thinks too highly of itself?
What if we end up realizing that we don't need government?
Happy Halloween progressives! Thought this might scare you!
reply to post by beezzer
I am not progressive on all issues though on many I am.
It’s an extension of my personal philosophy of relieving misery and suffering for all people as much as we can do in this world.
As I said to Wrabbit
We should strive to make government our servant
So government forcing, and pushing corporate products on people is not being a 'servant'.