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If I were a congressman, I would vote “yes” on defunding both Planned Parenthood as well as Obamacare. But I would do so unenthusiastically.
Such gestures are nothing more than partisan grandstanding. Republicans know that Obama would veto either bill. And after such measures fail, the Republican majorities in both houses will go back to business as usual and continue to fund things they claim they passionately hate. If Republicans seriously wanted to defund Planned Parenthood and Obamacare, they would vote “no” on every bill that contained one penny of funding for either of them.
I will give Democrats this: they are honest about their belief in four-dimensional government. Republicans campaign like libertarians, but once they are elected they govern like Democrats. They have done so for decades. They always leave government bigger, uglier, costlier and more intrusive that they found it.
There is no “lesser evil” in Washington.
Douglas F. Newman