First it was Richard Hudson begging for forgiveness for his role in trying to defund ObamaCare. Now, we have Mark Meadows appearing to be seeking penance:
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said he should have considered a strategy other than shutting down the government last year to stop Obamacare.
Meadows, R-Glenville, wrote the letter in the U.S. House calling for the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, which later led to the shutdown.
CNN tagged Meadows as the “architect of the brink” during the run-up to the shutdown, even though he was a freshman congressman. The plan had support from 80 other representatives.
“Should I have maybe gotten another strategy to address that?” he said. “I think history shows us the answer to that is yes.”
The shutdown cost businesses in Western North Carolina and east Tennessee millions, according to an estimate from an economist at Western Carolina University.
Meadows disputed the estimate. He said all of the counties in his 11th District posted sale tax revenue increases year-over-year last October, except for Haywood.
He said his fight over Obamacare, and the move to close the government, stemmed from his belief that the president’s signature healthcare law would hurt families in his district.
“Rightly or wrongly, whether I was the architect or not, what I hope most people see is that I care about them personally, that I will learn from any mistakes that I make and that jobs are my number one focus,” he said.
Meadows has NOTHING to apologize for. HE DID HIS JOB. All spending is supposed to originate in the House. If the president is trying to spend our money on something that is wrong, it is the job of a House member to step up and work against it. Obama was the one who made the shutdown decisions that screwed over tourists and inconvenienced millions of Americans. The Congress COULD HAVE passed a continuing resolution or, God forbid, a BUDGET that included the essential government services. ObamaCare could have been set aside for further discussion. But NO — Barry, Harry, Kay and the gang decided to play this game of brinkmanship. Have the debate — the discussion — about spending priorities and fiscal responsibility. Don’t just cave in for the sake of getting the media off your back. If you’re a Republican, the drive-bys will never leave you alone or be your friend.