The failure of the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill
on Friday was not a failure of President Donald
Trump.It was a failure of House
Speaker Paul Ryan, a policy “wonk”
who’s been working on this repeal effort for seven years now.
Granted, it’s a tough balancing
Just like 1995, Republicans have
the majority in the House, not conservatives.But there are enough conservatives in the caucus now that conservatives
need not settle for table scraps as they’ve been forced to accept in the past.
Like it or not, for better or
worse, conservatives aren’t a problem for House leaders so much as a
reality.Ryan needs to deal with
them.And in the minds of enough
conservatives, no deal was better than a bad deal.
So House Republicans went
three-up and three-down in the first inning.But it’s a nine-inning game.
Frankly, I could have lived with
the strategy to take what we could get now and continue pressing for more in
the months to come.But others actually
on the playing field determined that hoping for more tomorrow was too big of a
risk.It’s a valid concern.
In the end, it won’t be whether
or not Republicans failed on March 24, 2017.It will be whether Republicans ultimately fail to honor their campaign
promise to repeal this horrid law before the 2018 elections.
I wish I could say I was
optimistic.I’m not.Republicans never seem to blow an opportunity
to blow an opportunity.And Democrats
will continue to dig in their heels and obstruct the GOP and President Trump at
But it ain’t over.Don’t panic.Yet.Trust…but verify.
A new bill has been dropped in Carson City: SB315.Among the good things the bill does to open
the trash biz to competition is a poison pill provision that changes the
recycling “goal” of 25% that’s been in place since 1991 to a minimum “unfunded mandate”
of at least 35%.
If this provision is enacted, recycling will eventually become
mandatory for residents, not
And once it becomes mandatory, it’s only a short
hop-skip-and-a-jump before monetary (or worse!) penalties are imposed should
you not want to go through the messy, gooey, yucky and generally useless
process of separating your cans, bottles and plastics in your garbage pail.
And for a two-minute tutorial about just how insane the “recycling”
craze can get, dial up this
video from Penn & Teller’s “Bullsh*t”
program from a few years ago.WARNING:
The expletives are NOT deleted.
There’s some work to be done before legislators and the
citizens of Nevada should support this bill.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17%
approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us?” – Former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich
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