Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is ready for war. He told an audience today that he doesn't shy away from a fight, even a tough one like repealing the health care reform law passed in March.
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"One of my heroes is a guy named Davy Crockett," Barton said this morning. Crockett and the rest of the doomed defenders of the Alamo "fought a fight that most people thought was hopeless," Barton added, saying that because they did, Texas eventually became the state it is today.
"One of Crockett's sayings is 'be sure you're right, then go ahead," Barton said, turning to the health care law. "The right thing to do is repeal this bill...and we're gonna do it."
War on Obamacare wasn't the only one Barton declared before an audience at the Heritage Foundation today.
The ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and one of the men vying to be the next chair of the powerful panel when Republicans take over the House next year, Barton laid out his plan for, essentially, undoing most of what President Obama and Democrats accomplished in the past two years. He laid out the central fronts: the battle to repeal what he calls Obamacare, the fight against the EPA, backing the growing insurgency opposed to net neutrality regulations, taking on "environmental radicalism" and -- of course -- defending the "traditional, incandescent light bulb" against government regulators who want to replace it with what Barton called "the little, squiggly, pig-tailed ones."