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September 24, 2013

Cruz: The Ruling Class Shouldn't Have Exemptions That the Citizens Don't

I point out that Cruz said this because it seems to be at least on the same vibratory plane as the emerging Vitter or Paul plan to compel the Political Class to live by ObamaCare's terms, same as anyone else.

As Allah would explain to you were you to click over there, Vitter's plan is to end the special subsidies that Obama's afforded the political class (Congressmen, their staffers, Administration staff, etc.).

Rand Paul, on the other hand, would force them into the ObamaCare exchanges.

There can be no damn question that the Political Class must live under the laws they inflict on others. This isn't even up for debate.

The only way to get the Political Class to understand that ObamaCare is a problem is to make it a problem for them.

As NRO notes, Democrats would have an easier time voting against Paul’s bill than Vitter’s because they can argue that it’s unfair to disrupt health coverage for rank-and-file blue-collar federal employees over a partisan ObamaCare dispute. It’s harder to make that argument when we’re not talking about the rank and file but rather Congress and its support staff, and it’s really hard to make that argument about special federal subsidies that only our political leaders and their aides get. If ObamaCare’s so wonderful, fine — let the people’s representatives and staff try to manage the cost of it the way average Americans will have to.

I'm all in favor of it. My only question is, "How do you force this when you can't force anything else?" If we're going down in defeat on Defund, why would we imagine this tactic would work any better, or that there'd be a more united caucus for it?

Because I guarantee you a lot of Republicans aren't going to like this plan. They, understandably, don't want to labor under ObamaCare, either.

Are they going to agree to do so just to force the Democrats and Obama's staffers to do so?

I doubt it.

Answer: According to Niedermeyer's Dead Horse (@mflynny), Vitter was pushing this during his own floor appearance earlier.

His idea, she says, is that he'll insist that this bill inflicting ObamaCare on the Political Caste must be passed into law before any CR.

Okay, that could work... but that once again assumes that the GOP will fight for it.

Will they?

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