Lebanon Reporter

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January 8, 2011

Dear GOP: It's time to stop

Lebanon — Indiana Congressman Mike Pence bragged Friday that Republicans in Congress will slam their heads against the Capitol Building’s pillars until they bleed.

In a manner of hyperbole, of course.

Friday, Pence was quoted by CNN in a story on the “sharply partisan” but ultimately irrelevant vote to initiate steps to repeal the national health care bill snidely called “Obamacare” by its foes that Republicans will keep voting, regardless of the outcome.

The House vote “probably will set up a final House vote to undo the measure next Wednesday,” CNN said.

Because Democrats have a majority in the U.S. Senate, and because that Obama guy happens to be the president of the United States, with the power to veto any bill that might miraculously survive both houses of Congress, the 236 representatives who voted for repeal are wasting their time.

Some Republicans promised during their campaigns they would vote to repeal the health care bill. Because it is unusual for politicians to do what they said they’d do once they get into office, the GOP deserves acknowledgment for the vote.

There is, however, a time to vote and a time to stop voting

Pence, who was re-elected to the state’s Sixth Congressional District by a minority of the district’s registered voters, told CNN Friday that, “We will vote to repeal Obamacare again and again until we consign their government takeover to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” Pence said. “Welcome to the 112th Congress. American people — this is your week.”

To be accurate, Pence should have said, “A minority of American people — this is your week.”

While Republicans have been thumping their vocal cords proclaiming that the American people soundly rejected the Obama administration in November’s election, the truth is that most Americans stayed home.

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