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Thomas Sowell: GOP attempt to defund Obamacare is 'futile and foredoomed

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

The Obama administration continues to find itself bogged down in political problems and scandals and there's only one thing that could possibly rescue the president at this point, conservative columnist Thomas Sowell argues today: the Republicans.

By making a futile and foredoomed attempt to defund ObamaCare, Congressional Republicans have created the distraction that Obama so much needs. Already media attention has shifted to the possibility of a government shutdown.

Politically, it doesn't matter that the Republicans are not really trying to shut down the government. What matters is that this distraction solves Barack Obama's political problems that he could not possibly have solved by himself.

Should ObamaCare be defunded? Absolutely. It is an economic disaster and will be a medical disaster, as well as destroying the Constitution's protections of American citizens from the unbridled power of the federal government. [...]

The time, effort and credibility that Republicans are investing in trying to defund ObamaCare is a high risk, low yield investment.

Even if, by some miracle, the Republicans managed to get the Senate to go along with defunding ObamaCare, President Obama can simply veto the bill.

There is a United States of America today only because George Washington understood that his army was not able to fight the British troops everywhere, but had to choose carefully when and where to fight. Futile symbolic confrontations were a luxury that could not be afforded then and cannot be afforded now.

Read Sowell's full column here.

What do you think: Should conservatives move forward with trying to defund Obamacare?

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