Republicans Carjacked By Tea Party
Posted in the Decatur Forum
#1 Oct 3, 2013
What makes the House Republicans' decision to shut down the federal government an immoral and unconscionable "threat" rather than an ordinary political disagreement? The answer is simple. House Republicans who do not have the votes to repeal Obamacare through the processes of democracy threatened to close the federal government, to throw hundreds of thousands of innocent government employees out of work, and to damage the nation's economy unless the Senate and the President acceded to their demands. By threatening to wreak havoc with the national interest and inflicting serious harm on hard-working, loyal public employees, they are attempting to coerce rather than to persuade the government into doing what they want. The House Republicans, in short, are holding the nation itself hostage to their demands. This is not democratic governance. This is extortion, plain and simple. In any other circumstance, this would be
#2 Oct 3, 2013
You do know that the House has sent four bills to the Senate and Harry Reid has basically told them to go pound sand, right?
One bill was essentially: "Okay, we'll fund Obamacare and everything else, but you know those exemptions that you gave the SCIU and Congress and other special interest groups? Just to be fair, lets give all citizens the ability to opt out."
Another was: "Okay, we'll fund Obamacare and everything else, but let's enforce it for everyone. If it's good enough for 99% of citizens, lets get rid of all special interest exemptions."
Both COMPROMISES were rejected. Harry has basically said it's my way or the highway. So, who is really shutting things down?
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