A 3-step primer on how law-making works

Here is how passing a law works: Step 1) Propose a law. Step 2) Try to get it passed in the House, Senate and have enough votes to get it past the executive branch. Everyone does their best to argue and discuss the law. You fight it tooth and nail if you don’t like it. This is the time to kill a bill. You have plenty of opportunities during this step. Step 3) If it passes and becomes a law, you can hate it and try to get enough votes to get it repealed. If you can’t, it stays a law. If it sucks badly enough, the guys that voted for it will get voted out of their seats and replaced by people that will vote the “right” way. You might have to wait a while, but there is nothing you can do about that.

Throwing a tantrum to try to circumvent Step 3 is going to cost us. The right way to get Obamacare repealed is to see Step 3 above, not this ridiculous debt-ceiling-gun-to-the-head junk. You lost, save your political capital and wait to fight another day – deal with it. You may hate Obamacare, but you still have to work with these people. It sucks to not be in the majority, but that will change and then you will be able to fix what you want to fix.

Nathan W. Hiatt


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