John Kasich was right: trust no politician

In 1995, John Kasich – then a reputable fiscal conservative and chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee – was hustling through the corridors of power when he bumped into a freshly sworn-in colleague, Tom Coburn. Kasich spoke only a few prophetic words of advice to his newly minted colleague before dashing away:  “Trust no one here.” In “no one” Kasich was including himself.  After being elected governor of the Buckeye State many years later, Kasich shocked conservatives by advocating Barack Obama’s expansion of Medicaid, with the unctuous claim that God wanted him to do it.   Kasich’s belief that no politician can be trusted is painfully evident now, in the wake of six Senate Republicans having flip-flopped on repealing Obamacare. In 2015, John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Shelley Moore Capito, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski and Rob Portman all voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  But recently they joined every Democrat in opposing repeal.   Why did they flip?  Their vote in 2015 was nothing more than a charade to aid their campaign fundraising efforts. In their hearts, these RINOs opposed repeal all along, but they knew Obama would veto repeal, making their vote a win-win: ACA would remain the law of the land, and they could use their repeal vote to convince grassroots conservatives to donate some of their hard-earned money to enable these treacherous Senators to keep fighting for repeal.   The Bible says a thief is better than a habitual liar. The GOP Senators who flip-flopped on repealing Obamacare are both. This is yet another reminder that we mustn’t ever place our hope or trust in career politicians.
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