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Monday, September 30, 2013

On this ignorant, irresponsible government shutdown

Mad as hell and don't want to take it any more:

“The American people don’t want a government shutdown, and they don’t want Obamacare,” House Republican leaders said in a statement over the weekend. “We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government showdown.” Wrong. The only settled way we know what the American people want is through the democratic process. And the Affordable Care Act (...Obamacare) is the law of the land. A majority of the House and Senate voted for it, the President signed it into law, its constitutionality has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and a majority of Americans reelected the President after an election battle in which the Affordable Care Act was a central issue. Moreover, we don’t repeal laws in this country by holding hostage the entire government of the United States.

The showdown over the budget and the debt ceiling is a prelude to 2016, when the Tea Partiers plan to run Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President. (Cruz, if you haven’t noticed, is busily establishing his creds as the biggest flamer in Washington – orchestrating not only the current extortion but also the purge of reasonable Republicans from the GOP.) We mustn't give in to extortionists."
--Robert Reich, American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator.

Fortunately, the American people knows who's to blame:

Poll Reveals Most Would Blame GOP 'Spoiled Children' For Shutdown

Links:  The Shocking Cost to Taxpayers of a Shutdown

Wall Street declines as government shutdown nears

Republicans Lose Business Allies As They Push U.S. Toward Shutdown

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