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“No one has done more to strengthen Obamacare than Ted Cruz.” —Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

Had the Republicans not thrown their toys out of the pram, the top story in the country would be the glitches plaguing the Obamacare exchange rollout. We’d be hearing, day after day, about all the people who can’t sign up for health care.

This would be a perfect opportunity for the Republicans to say, hey, this thing isn’t working – let’s delay the individual mandate. How can you require people to sign up, if they can’t sign up because your website is broken?

Instead, Sen. Ted Cruz led the Republicans to record-low poll numbers, and the country to the brink of disaster.

And who won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit this weekend? Ted Cruz, by a country mile. Now he’s urging Republicans to “stand firm” on Obamacare. Really?

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says “defunding Obamacare and delaying it for a year is not a realistic possibility now.”

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said, “I believe that the defunding strategy was a failing strategy from the beginning, although I opposed the health care law.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said, “We’re on a fool’s errand when we say we’re going to defund Obamacare.”

“To my colleagues in the House, on both sides and to my friends in the Senate, we're ruining both institutions,” Lindsey Graham said. Ted Cruz is raising his own profile at the expense of not just the party, but the whole country.

The grown-ups are trying to clean up this mess. Why are you listening to Ted Cruz?
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"Republican leaders are not only bashing Obama, but appearing to praise Putin."

"Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today. He's given them a new excuse to bash President Obama."
I pointed out that Republicans have been slamming Obama for his handling of the Ukraine crisis even though I have not heard a single, specific way in which they would handle the situation differently. No new ideas, just new insults.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday: "Putin decides what he wants to do and he does it in half a day... he makes a decision and he executes it. Quickly. Then everybody reacts. That's what you call a leader."

 Sarah Palin: "People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil; they look at our President as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates."

Sen. John McCain, R- Arizona, seemed to blame the Ukraine crisis on Obama, telling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week, "this is the ultimate result of a feckless foreign policy in which nobody believes in America's strength anymore."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has weighed in: "We have a weak and indecisive President that invites aggression," 

Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas: "Emboldened by President Obama's trembling inaction, Vladimir Putin has invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, published a list of steps he thinks Obama should take to "punish Russia." They included calling Russia's actions an invasion — which, um, Secretary of State John Kerry actually did the same day that Rubio made his demand — and sending Kerry to Kiev, which was announced a day later. The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, called for immediate sanctions against Russia--but the Treasury Department under Obama's direction was already drafting a package of stiff sanctions.

Republicans have also called for visa bans for Russian leaders and asset freezes.

Well, on Sunday, Kerry said, "There could even be, ultimately, asset freezes, visa bans. There could be certainly disruption of any of the normal trade routine. There could be business drawback on investment in the country." He said the major world powers are "going to isolate Russia" and "all options are on the table."

U.S. paves way for sanctions on Russians, Ukrainians over Crimea
If the Obama administration is already acting on the initiatives that its Republican critics are demanding in response to the Ukraine crisis, why are they complaining?
Because, they allege, it's because Obama has been so weak for five years that Putin thought he could get away with invading Ukraine. 

Let's look at that argument more closely.
In August 2008, Vladimir Putin invaded the Republic of Georgia while George W. Bush was President of the United States. Where were the "weakness" complaints from Republicans? Well, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer — who has said that in the Ukraine situation Obama's "inaction created a vacuum"and who derided the President's statements on Ukraine as "weak" — said of the Georgia invasion back in 2008, "Well, obviously it's beyond our control. The Russians are advancing. There is nothing that will stop them."

Conservative Heritage Foundation national security staffer Peter Brookes exuded a similar calm in 2008 "There's no easy answer; there's only tough choices... Russia is a tough nut to crack." Apparently when a Democrat is president the situation is much simpler. Last Friday, Brookes explained that the Russian invasion of Crimea is proof that "this administration's policy toward Russia has been a failure." 

There's another aspect to this Republican HYPOCRACY. McCain recently called Obama "the most naivepresident in history" because of his foreign policy tactics. And yet it was George W. Bush who famously said, upon meeting Putin, "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy, and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul." Did Republicans find him "weak"? "Naïve"?
Contrast this with Obama, who, against considerable odds, wrangled Russia into a constructive role on Iran sanctions, Syrian chemical weapons removal and a new START treaty. 
It is not merely laughable to call this President, who has unfortunately expanded the use of drone warfare and who also ordered the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, "weak." It is also self-destructive to our national interest, since absent any substantive disagreements, it reveals only national disunity in the face of a global crisis.
It's what Republicans might call -- if the other party were doing it — poor leadership.

Listen, there's nothing wrong with criticizing the President's policy positions or actions. To hold a President's feet to the fire over every aspect of government is the job not only of our elected leaders but of all citizens. Substantive dissent is indeed patriotic.
 But, substantive dissent is not what we have here. We have baseless, petty politics that are ultimately COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to America's global standing.
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House Republicans continue targeting the president’s signature health care law, casting their 50TH vote today to change it since seizing majority control in 2011.
House Takes 50th Vote to Change 'Obamacare'
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To think, that all this could have been prevented, if American Workers' wages, had kept up with inflation.
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Why should we pay more for using windmill power? Are those windmill companies producing or blowing more wind to produce the electricity? 
I understand the cost of making, construction, and maintenance part of it. But, why should some pay more than others for usage? There should be a flat rate for everyone! 
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Actually, since they use so much, the Republicans think that THEY'LL use up the wind.
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