Printed letters, October 9, 2013

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The ACA “ObamaCare” is law.  Polls are not how we either make nor judge laws—one is via Congress and the president, the latter by the Supreme Court.  All have spoken.  President Obama ran on ObamaCare and resoundingly beat Romney, including here in Colorado.

Ed Arnos’s letter – “House GOP approved budgets, not government closure” – betrays a widely-shared misapprehension of how Congress is supposed to work.

First, Arnos “proves” that the “Tea Party”-controlled House did not intentionally cause a government shutdown by correctly asserting that “if the House wishes to shut down the government, it need only not pass appropriations bills”.  Apparently, it never dawned on Arnos that doing so would be too obvious and would clearly identify House Repugnicans as the politically irresponsible culprits.  Therefore, they passed a bill knowing that it was unacceptable to the Senate.

Second, as actual events confirm—and contrary to Arnos’s naive misunderstanding of the actual legislative process—the House did not “forfeit its opportunity to close government” after it passed an appropriations bill unacceptable to the Senate.  Rather, when – as here – the Senate passes a differing version of the House bill, both houses normally appoint conferees to hammer out a compromise in a conference committee.  However, for six months, Speaker Boehner refused to appoint House conferees, and Senate Republicans are still filibustering the appointment of Senate conferees.

Third, to deny that “the House wants to shut down the government” after it has passed a series of unacceptable appropriations bills to fund only selected parts of the government is an uninformed and “an irrational statement”.  Rather, many “Tea Party” extremists campaigned on a promise to shut down the government and, as reported by The New York Times Monday, met secretly with wealthy donors in January 2013 to plan their strategy.

Thus, supported by 72% of the American people, “the Senate has chosen to shut down the government rather than defund Obamacare”—because de-funding and/or delaying the Affordable Care Act will penalize millions of Americans, while negotiating with anti-democratic “domestic terrorists” will simply invite moré “hostage taking”.

Spot on B. Gene and Ed. Leany and Tisue are using the school board to “spring” them on in the Republican party. Nice correction Mr. Cook. I, for one, am sick and tired of career politicians and I am voting accordingly. Hilkey and his cronies are the last, I hope. All that garbage about how “critical” it was to rescind term limits for him. Now what? What was the benefit again? Besides a crony and his retirement pay? It is coming to vote for King for Sheriff. I am not.

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