The Power to Say No

The correct way to respond to the Obama victory:  remember that we have 30 GOP Governors, a GOP House, and note that his victory now is just a ‘status quo’ result, a grudging narrow win to not fire an incumbent, a pale shadow of his ‘mandate’ of 2009.  It was a narrow win in a divided nation. If you want to know the CORRECT way to respond to the Obama victory,  follow the lead of Governor Rick Scott – and say “NO”.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says no to health care law

Speaking on the New College of Florida campus following a meeting of the state’s university governing board, Scott said it will cost taxpayers and business owners too much to expand Medicaid and set up health insurance exchanges as called for under the law.

“No one has been able to show me that that health care exchange is going to do anything rather than raise taxes, raise the cost of our companies to do business,” Scott said, adding that expanding Medicaid would also require tax increases.

Governor Rick Scott has taken a lead position  and one hopes that 30 Governors will follow, and that Speaker Boehner will retract his fallacious comment about the unpopular Obamacare law and get back to representing the people who voted for the Republican House majority, and not pre-cave to our political opponents on this bad law. Speaker Boehner failed to mention that The Supreme Court undercut the guts of the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare and that it will need to be removed or scaled back or it will explode the Federal deficit. In short, Speaker Boehner needs to listen to those who are exercising the power to say “No” and learn to use that power.

It’s the main power we will have in the next 2 years. It’s wrong to act defeated, because if our name isn’t Mitt Romney, we were NOT defeated. Only Mitt Romney (and the other candidates who lost) were defeated. Our ideals remain sound, our agenda remains correct. The imperfect salesmen on our side were defeated, and the imperfect and often wrong President was given 4 more years – not to be dictator, but merely President.

But wait, what are those achievements? Trillion dollar deficits? That is one that will live in infamy, not on Rushmore. Obamacare? Well, Obamacare is just as unaffordable, broken and fallacious as it was on Monday. It will take years of fixing, tweaking, cutting back and it will bedevil the political class unless and until its repealed. Those of us hoping for an end to Obamacare have been feeling let-down after our hopes (Scott Brown win! 2010! Supreme Court!) … now what?

In response to bedwetters and drama queens who are now saying “Oh, give the Democrats what they want! that’ll show them!” Actually, it will give them a permanent majority to throw in the towel. Democrats didnt even with the House! We have a status quo in House, Senate and in most states. Some pullback from 2010 gains, but hardly a Democrat wave, just a huge disappointment at the lack of GOP wave following 2010.  Even economic misery will help the Democrats by locking in more government dependency. We have no choice: Our political survival and the best interests of the nation require that we stand our ground, give no recognition of the superiority of Obama’s agenda, because it isn’t. We should be open to compromise on agenda items but never open to compromising our principles or caving out of political fear or cravenness. Stand for what is right. Our position is OUR agenda:

1. NO amnesty.

2. NO tax increases, in particular keep the Bush tax rates and repeal Obamacare tax increases.


4. Cut the deficits and reform entitlements NOT by growing Government.

5. Repeal Obamacare. Repeal Obamacare taxes, repeal Obamacare mandates, repeal Obamacare spending, repeal over-regulations.

Now here is the shocker: The GOP Congress could get a lot of these done. It simply requires being willing to put it on the table, find solid ground to stand on, and be willing to shut down the Government in order to force the issue on taxes and budget. If we take the position of: Preserve the Bush tax rates by cutting a fiscal cliff deal to preserve them all AND repeal the Obamacare tax hikes AND cap spending at the sequester levels, what do you think Obama will do? If he demands some tax hikes, respond “extend the tax rates for a year, cap the spending, and lets talk in 2013”. Then come back again with the same postion, WHILE cutting the spending in the budget.

We have one power – THE POWER TO SAY “NO”. Let me finish by recycling Repair-man-Jack’s quote from a Roman historian:

“The victor is not victorious if the vanquished does not consider himself so”


We are not defeated – yet. We are defeated when we die or when we give up. Until then, and until we have the opportunity in another election to win a majority, we have the power – to say “NO”. Make our leaders use it.