Examining the “Let It Collapse” Theory
We tried the let it collapse theory with the housing market and the gasoline prices, yet the GOP still get blamed for the liberals bad policies.
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What Joe Manchin has said today is that he might break ranks from the Democrats and vote for a funding measure that delays the individual mandate. Now, the employer mandate has been delayed until 2015, but the individual mandate has not been. The employers got a one-year waiver from being required to provide insurance for their employees. But the individual citizen is still required, mandated to have insurance, or pay a fine. And Manchin has said that he is willing to break ranks and vote for a funding measure that delays Obamacare’s individual mandate.
Now, this, folks, is all well and good, but I want to remind you of a little history. I was reminded of it this morning in a very persuasive way, and I want to pass that on to you. While you might get all excited about Joe Manchin saying one thing or another, don’t forget that he’s for Obamacare. He voted for it. And keep this in mind as well. There are Republicans, by the way, in reaction to Ted Cruz, who disagree with what Cruz did and Cruz’s whole strategery. You’ve seen it. You’ve heard it. Republicans, operatives, consultants, elected officials out there say, “Go ahead, let this thing get implemented. Just let it fall apart ’cause it’s gonna fall apart. Let it collapse, and it’s gonna be on Obama, and it’s gonna be on the Democrats. And let’s get these Democrats on the record supporting this.”
It seems to be a frequently heard Republican strategery, “Let’s get these Democrats on the record supporting this now because it’s gonna collapse.” Let me tell you something about this. It may collapse. You think Obama’s gonna get blamed for that? Who’s gonna get blamed when it collapses? Who assigns blame in America? The media. The states are gonna get blamed if they got Republican governors, and Republicans in Congress are gonna get blamed for all this that’s going on now if it collapses. But there’s another aspect of this that’s a little bit frustrating to me.