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Congressman Ed Royce, (R-Fullerton) stuck to his guns and voted “No” on a measure to temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government this week. House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that Republicans had lost, but said they had “fought the good fight.” Unlike many of his fellow Republicans, who joined Democrats in voting to end the government shutdown, Mr. Royce stayed true to his course, refusing to abandon his position that cutting off funds to the federal government was better than delivering health care to poor people.

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Double down!

And why should he? Ed Royce knows what the National Rifle Association knows. When faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall of public opinion against your position, don’t  compromise. Instead, double down! Hold on to your position for dear life and run with it as long as you possibly can, even if it looks like you’re running straight toward a cliff. It worked for the NRA. Even after school children were slaughtered in their classrooms, the NRA defeated measures to control dangerous weapons by threatening lawmakers with primary challenges in the next election cycle.

Ed Royce, who received an “A” rating from the NRA, surely noticed that giving in to reasonable public sentiment was not the way to victory in the end. His funders, real estate, financial services, defense, and petroleum industries, know that he’s a better bet for them than anyone likely to challenge him (that would be no one). They will surely congratulate him for not giving in to the defeatist thinking that seduced some of his party to restore government funding to, among others, those who regulate their businesses.

Your Congressman and mine, Ed Royce, Jr., voted in favor of House Resolution 59, which would pass the fiscal year 2014 budget, but require a one year delay of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). Ed Royce’s official website will tell you that he is becoming a “quiet giant of foreign policy” by virtue of his Chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. There is even a helpful guide entitled Information for Constituents on the Government Shutdown to explain how his vote to defund most of the government (he’ll continue to be paid) will affect us. But there is no attempt to explain why Mr. Royce thinks that shutting down the government is a good idea, only an evasive reference to the origin of the crisis in “a lapse in funding.” Ronald Reagan, who famously said of the Iran-Contra scandal that “mistakes were made,” would be proud.

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Ed Royce, the “quiet giant” — too quiet to explain why shutting down the government is better than getting healthcare to people who need it.

Perhaps we shouldn’t spend too much time wondering why Ed Royce would join his Republican colleagues in taking such an extreme step just to stop the Affordable Care Act. I don’t blame him for not liking it. It’s not a good solution to the problem of massive numbers of people in this country having inadequate or no health care. It’s a compromise plan that needlessly keeps insurance companies involved, ensuring that profits are still funneled their way when the whole system could instead be operated as a non-profit for everyone’s benefit. But the Affordable Care Act would provide coverage for millions who currently have nothing, and in the states that have chosen to begin taking applications for it, it seems to be popular, which is exactly why Ed Royce and the Republican party cannot risk its full implementation.

If it turns out that the federal government can do something at least partially effective to address the healthcare crisis, then perhaps the government can be useful to ordinary Americans in other ways too. And if that’s true, then maybe government isn’t the problem Ronald Reagan said it was. Maybe it’s OK for the government to regulate toxins, protect wilderness, invest in clean renewable energy, provide education, and other things most people want, and tax really rich people to do it. Ed Royce can’t take that risk.

On July 24 the United States House of Representatives narrowly defeated a bill that would have ended the National Security Agency’s ability to collect phone records of millions of Americans. Michigan Congressman Justin Amash’s amendment to a defense spending bill would have stripped NSA funding used for the bulk collection of phone records of ordinary law-abiding Americans. Had the bill passed, the NSA would not have been allowed to continue phone surveillance of those not under investigation for anything.

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I’m interested in what you have to say…

The measure lost 205 to 217, with Congress Member Ed Royce voting against it. Mr. Royce, whose 39th Congressional District includes most of Fullerton, evidently believes it is perfectly fine for the NSA to spy on anyone they want to without demonstrating any probable cause to do so.

His vote against a bill that would have curtailed the NSA’s effectively limitless spying on Americans does not serve the people of the 39th Congressional District, who expect their representatives to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Instead, Mr. Royce has chosen to stand with those willing to give up the 4th Amendment’s guarantee against warrantless searches.

40th District Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who represents a small part of Fullerton on the south side of town, voted in favor of the bill, against the wishes of President Obama.

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