Congressman Eric Swalwell took a bad page out of his predecessor’s book when he chastised Republicans during the debate last week on defunding Obamacare as part of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.
He said, “I invite my colleagues on the other side to wake up from this radical, ideological wet dream and come back to reality.”
Swalwell defeated 20-term incumbent Pete Stark last November. Stark was known for shooting his mouth off and had a career full of comments that were way too quotable for the wrong reasons. Swalwell, who was a prosecutor in Alameda County before winning the seat in Congress, should know much better.
The Washington Post covered the story and described Swalwell’s language as an R-rated word.
Perhaps what is more telling is how Swalwell, who has been endorsed by Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, is toeing the liberal Democrat line. More realistic members of both parties have seen the disaster that Obamacare is becoming and realize that it is clearly not ready to go.
What’s more is that the president unilaterally has delayed implementation—breaking the law he signed—for a year for big business and then announced an exemption for members of Congress and their staffs—another violation of the law that specifies members participate in the exchanges. The simple logic—if it’s good enough (or bad enough as the case may be) for their constituents, it is good enough for them to be covered.
Some employers now are reducing hours for employees to part-time status, hiring temps or simply not hiring as they wait to see what shakes out.
Ironically, it will be small businesses and self-employed people who will have to deal with the individual mandate in a couple of weeks—the president has put off the law for others.
Swalwell, who has been running for re-election since he won the seat about a year ago, already has kicked off his formal re-election campaign with former CIA chief and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivering the keynote address.
The rhetoric on both sides of the aisle on Obamacare and funding the government is intense. Swalwell wrote in a fundraising email that “Washington is in crisis. Our nation is threatened by lawmakers who have insisted that unless they get 100 percent of what they want, they will shutdown the government.”
Actually, shutting down the government may do some good. How much have you heard lately about how damaging the sequester has been? What’s clear is Democrat leaders have no intention or stomach for rolling back the huge increases in discretionary spending established in the first two years of the Obama Administration. They are okay with borrowing 40 cents of every dollar spent and neither party has done anything to address the demographic train wreck coming with Social Security and Medicare.