Email letters, September 30,  2013

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As the “Tea Party” caucus steers cowardly Repugnican leadership toward a government shutdown, they are simultaneously mounting a disingenuous public relations campaign to make themselves appear “reasonable” to the American public.

“Nobody wants a shutdown” they repeat in unison, but Speaker Boehner refuses to even bring to the floor of the House a “clean” Continuing Resolution – because he knows it would pass with a combination of Democratic and a few responsible Republican votes.

“We have compromised” they exclaim, because we now only want to delay President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) one year, rather than repeal, de-fund, or replace it – when “ObamaCare” was passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the President, held constitutional by the Supreme Court, “relitigated” in the 2012 election, and won.

Since 2010, Repugnicans have had three years to hold committee hearings in the House with which to build a legitimate case for repealing, de-funding, replacing, and/or delaying the ACA.  Instead, they chose to bombard the public with falsehoods about “ObamaCare”—while wasting taxpayer dollars investigating fake “scandals” (“Fast and Furious” guns, Benghazi “talking points”, and IRS “targeting conservatives”) to no avail.  Repugnicans steadfastly refused to hold any serious hearings on “ObamaCare” – precisely because they did want the public to be accurately informed about its personal and fiscal benefits.

Today, Boehner accused Senate Democrats of “running out the clock” by not convening yesterday – conveniently forgetting (?) that Senate Republicans refused to waive the “30-hour rule” so that “Tea Party” demagogue Ted Cruz (R-TX) could talk for 21 hours.

This morning, a “Tea Party” spokeswoman on CNN complained that “President Obama will negotiate with Iran, but not with us”.  Of course, for 34 years we didn’t negotiate with Iran either—because they took American hostages.  Only Republicans like Ronald Reagan “negotiate with terrorists” or domestic extortionists.  President Obama doesn’t.

Congress is not exempt from the ACA.  And traffic penalties result in fines.

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