Printed letters, November 6, 2013

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Alex Chaffetz’s letter – “Colorado senators could have helped keep government open” – proves that Repugnican’s reliance on misinformation to avoid responsibility for the $24+ billion cost of October’s “government shutdown” continues to mislead gullible locals.

Because of the ongoing and inexcusable difficulties with the federal health insurance exchange website, both Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have signed onto a letter requesting a 6+ week extension in ObamaCare’s open enrollment period.

However, contrary to Chaffetz false accusation, neither Democratic Senator could have previously prevented the “Tea Party” shutdown “in exchange for delaying Obamacare”.

Rather, House Republicans were determined to cause a shutdown and threaten default as early as March 23, 2013 – when the Senate (with Udall’s and Bennet’s support) passed its budget resolution, which (because it differed from the House’s version passed on March 21) necessitated a conference committee.  For six months thereafter, Speaker Boehner refused to appoint House conferees and Republican Senators filibustered Leader Reid’s.

On September 30, 2013 – after previously passing “Continuing Resolutions” (“C.R.s”) to repeal and/or de-fund ObamaCare (which were rejected by the Senate) – the House then passed H.R. Res. 59, which sought to delay implementation of the “individual mandate” for one year (and was opposed by the health insurance industry, was drastically different than just extending open enrollment for 6+ weeks, and was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 54-46).  Thus, even had our Senators voted for such “extortion”, it would still have failed (and President Obama would have vetoed it anyway).

Later on September 30, the House voted to change its rules – to prevent any vote on the Senate’s “clean C.R.” to prevent a shutdown (for which both our Senators voted “Yea”).

Thus, that the Sentinel would even publish such a woefully misinformed letter speaks volumes about its editors’ partisan sense of journalistic responsibility to its subscribers. Sentinel readers deserve better.

Alex: Real Men don’t negotiate with terrorists.  You might pass that along to your big brother.

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