Don’t Fund It: Sen. Mike Lee explains why his colleagues must listen to the American people and defund ObamaCare

With everything going on abroad these last few weeks, it was easy to forget what we are dealing with on the home front. This morning on radio, Glenn spoke with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) about the ongoing fight to defund ObamaCare. There is a deep schism between the establishment GOP and the more conservative members of Congress. Sen. Lee addressed this conflict and explained what the American public can do to help in these final few weeks before the vote.

“[The House] have voted against universal healthcare now 41 times, voted against it 41 times, but all in votes where it doesn't really matter. 41 times,” Glenn said. “So the chance to defund it is right now, and it has to happen before October 1st. Now [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor (R-VA) has decided that he's going to do a little shell game. Senator Mike Lee is here to expose this and tell you exactly what you can do to help.”

Over the last 36 hours, Republican leadership has been floating an idea that would basically allow congressional Republicans to claim they voted to defund ObamaCare, when in reality, the vote ensures the healthcare law will remain funded and fully operational.

“So House Republican leadership in the last 36 hours or so has been floating an idea to move forward with a plan that would do two things with one vote: It would pass two pieces of legislation with one vote in the House,” Sen. Lee explained. “One of those pieces of legislation would defund ObamaCare. The other one would pass a so‑called ‘clean continuing resolution,’ funding everything in government and allowing ObamaCare to remain funded and fully operational. And both of those pieces of legislation would be transmitted separately to the Senate after one vote in the House, leaving the Senate free, of course, to defeat the defund measure and then subsequently immediately pass the clean CR, keeping everything in government, including ObamaCare, funded and submitting that to the president for his certain signature without any subsequent action by the House.”

In addition to Sen. Lee, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and others have been on the program several times over the last few months, urging Americans to contact their representatives and demand ObamaCare be defunded. While it is easy to be discouraged by the seeming lack of action, Sen. Lee explained the petition posted on has already garnered 1.2 million signatures.

“The point is: We were elected to represent our people, the people of our respective states. We were not elected to represent the interests of the elite partisan political establishment in Washington,” Sen. Lee said. “And increasingly that's what the American people want and expect us to do is to stand up for those things that they care about. And Glenn, the American people are overwhelmingly against ObamaCare. It's controversial only in Washington.”

Considering ObamaCare’s popularity has been in steep decline, you have to wonder why the Republican establishment is so desperate to ensure its funding.

“Why is the GOP doing it then,” Glenn asked. “Why are John Boehner and Cantor and everybody else, why are they doing this? “

“You know, it's a difficult question. I'm always hesitant to speak for others, especially others within my own party with whom I disagree… The only thing I can figure is that, based on what they've said, they don't believe that they can win this fight, and therefore they're not willing to even try,” Sen. Lee speculated. “The only way that we know something can't be done is if we don't try at all in the first place… When most Americans recognize that ObamaCare is going to make their family's healthcare situation worse, when people are losing their jobs, they're having their hours cut, when people are losing access to their doctors and to health insurance plans that they've come to rely on over the years, this isn't funny. This isn't something we can trifle with. This isn't something that we can use as just a sort of a tool for partisan political manipulation. This is something the American people expect us to fight on and they expect us to stop this very bad law.”

Sen. Lee reiterated that it is important to make your voice heard. By visiting and signing the petition, you are giving Sen. Lee and his colleagues the ammunition they need to convince others to halt the funding of ObamaCare. With just 20 days left until the vote, encourage your friends and family to do the same.

“Senator Mike Lee from Utah. Truly one of the good guys,” Glenn said. “I mean, I just, I wrote down Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul. These guys are the hope of the republic. They really are. I don't know what tomorrow brings, but these guys are the hope of tomorrow. And you can make a difference if you go to”

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If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.