Email letters, October 18,  2013

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The milder tone of Dave Kearsley’s latest on-line offering – “When Obamacare bills role in, they will serve as a wake-up call” – reveals that he’s only somewhat chastened by his previous endorsements of extremist “Tea Party” motives and tactics.

The recent “government shutdown” (wasting some $24 billion) and the threat to default (costing $300 billion and 900,000 jobs since first employed as an extortive “negotiating’ ploy in 2011) reaffirm that principled “compromise” is not a “dirty word”.

Rather, “Tea Partiers” mindlessly repudiated “where it’s gotten us in the past 60 years” – mimicking the 1850s.  While Kearsley now grudgingly concedes that “some significant wrongs have been righted” (e.g., the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965), he begs the real question:  why do Republicans still deny the proven efficacy of the collective efforts and bipartisan compromises “that made us the strongest country in the world”?

Initially, “Tea Partiers” (as did then-Senator Obama in 2006) raised “valid questions and concerns” about Republicans (like Reagan and the Bushes) who campaigned as “fiscal conservatives” but then ran-up profligate deficits.  Indeed, the “Tea Party” first arose in opposition to TARP, but – following (only half-“White”) President Obama’s election –  redirected its inchoate anger onto “bailouts”, the Stimulus, and (most virulently) against “ObamaCare”.

As in 2012 (when former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough asked when it had become “the stupid party”), the lie-based Romney-Ryan campaign, and now its conduct in 2013—not President Obama’s “propaganda machine”—self-branded Republicans as fiscally irresponsible social extremists (if not “evil”), thereby “blunting their impact on the House elections in 2014” (as in Virginia now).

Meanwhile, ObamaCare is benefiting both the working poor and the Middle Class, while Kearsely parrots the partisan predictions of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.  “You don’t need to believe” them; time will tell.

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