Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Who bankrolls the Freedom Caucus and what have they ever done for us?
By Kevin “Coach” Collins
I voted for Donald Trump and I support him 100%. I wanted him to kill Obamacare and I knew he would have to move feckless, spineless Republicans who made 60 – count them 60 SHOW BUSINESS votes to repeal Obamacare when it didn’t count. Now when it can count, lies are oozing out of their teeth.
What has the Freedom Caucus ever done for us? A thorough search of available mentions of the Freedom Caucus unsurprisingly reveals that it has done nothing for us. Sad failures that they are, they crow about getting other “conservatives” elected and try to pass that off as accomplishments.
According to its mission statement the Freedom Caucus says “it gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans."
Well the Freedom Caucus had its chance to “give a voice to countless Americans who KNOW Washington does not represent them..”; and thanks to the Freedom Caucus, Washington still doesn’t hear the voice of millions of Americans trapped in Obamacare’s daily nightmare.
The Freedom Caucus that now attacks Paul Ryan (make no mistake I’m not a Ryan fan), gave him to us in the first place! In its statement supporting Ryan for Speaker, the Freedom Caucus said, “Paul is a policy entrepreneur who has developed conservative reforms dealing with a wide variety of subjects, and he has promised to be an ideas-focused speaker who will advance limited government principles and devolve power to the membership….”
Gee doesn’t that SOUND so good? Either the Freedom Caucus is not very bright and Ryan fooled them or they lied for the sake of expedience when they said these laudatory comments about Ryan.
So what has changed? Why would Ryan “lose” his skills as a “policy entrepreneur?”
The answer could be found in who is bankrolling the Freedom Caucus and whose bidding they are doing.
The Freedom Caucus’ mission statement raises questions that beg to be answered. We have to ask who the members of the Freedom Caucus are but far more importantly, who is bankrolling them and what could these supporters possibly want from Freedom Caucus members?
Among the donors who have brought us the Freedom Caucus are groups that hate Donald Trump and have not been hesitant to let the world know they do.
The Koch brothers who make no pretense about their anti-Trump feelings gave Freedom Caucus members $144,000.
The Club For growth-another group of devoted Trump haters-gave Freedom Caucus members $391,000.
Warren Buffet, yet another Trump hater gave the Freedom Caucus $87,000.
While the exact nature of what drove these groups and people to support the Freedom Caucus is likely attributable to their personal animus toward President Trump, there is no such latitude in understanding the motives for lobbyists from various healthcare groups giving huge amounts of campaign donations to Freedom Caucus members.
The healthcare industry slipped the Freedom Caucus over $2.07 million to insure it got what it wanted which is the continuation of Obamacare with little or no of their “finger prints” on the defeat of the latest repeal effort.
So now we know what the Freedom Caucus has been up to. They backed Paul Ryan only to betray him and far more importantly, to betray us.
Fourteen members of the Freedom Caucus were avid fans of Ted Cruz the face of the NeverTrump movement among Republican nomination contenders. None of these people are particular Trump fans even now that he has been elected president.
What our “sooo much more conservative than us” friends in the Freedom Caucus could have done by supporting the repeal bill was establish a starting point to begin to free American slaves from the clutches of Obamacare.
Right now Secretary Tom Price could be busy reversing the rules and powers in Obamacare meant to screw the American people. Price could be easing their burden of worrying about their family’s well-being; but instead these suffering Americans have been given the assignment of suffering to advance the narrative that The Freedom Caucus is a group of patriots who are willing to put their careers aside in order to help them.
The irony of the Freedom Caucus’ failure to help the American people is that now they have aligned themselves with the greater lying do nothing Republican Caucus and become indistinguishable from the rest of the worms. The Freedom Caucus’ sole accomplishment is that they have engineered the first failure of a repeal bill in a Republican controlled House.
Because of the Freedom Caucus WE lost, President Trump lost and they and Chuck Schumer won. They could have been active voices in the continuing process of saving Americans from Obamacare, but instead they choose to preen and show us how “oh soo conservative” they are.
Their “conservatism” won’t help parents of children who need services they can’t now find even if they could pay for them.
Their “conservatism” has exposed them of being unworthy of the trust Right To life activists placed in them and now Planned Parenthood will continue to rip apart innocent babies to sell their parts to buy shiny new sports cars.
The Freedom Caucus went all in and thought they won; they didn’t.