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Why politics for politics' sake rarely works: Sam R. Hall




Plans to repeal and replace Obamacare have failed at just about every turn, despite pledges to do so having been the bedrock of Republican electioneering since the health care law was passed in 2010. With the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, one would think repealing and replacing the law would be simple. So, why has that not been the case?

1. Republicans enjoy majorities in both chambers but not big enough majorities.

2. Taking away a benefit is politically difficult.

3. The leadership worked mostly in secret.

These same lessons have plagued Republican leaders in the Mississippi Legislature, particularly in efforts to rewrite public education funding laws. The idea that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program is broken, overly complicated and not sufficient for today’s budgeting realities has been a theme of Republican politics for more than a decade. But despite six legislative sessions under a Republican governor and Republican-led Legislature, MAEP remains unchanged.

The reasons are pretty simple:

1. Republicans enjoy majorities in both chambers but not big enough majorities.

2. Taking away a benefit is politically difficult.

3. The leadership worked mostly in secret.



Clarion Ledger
7/23/17

Posted July 24, 2017 - 5:27 am

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