Shutdown shenanigans and uncertainty effect

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Kudos to the Sentinel for today’s editorial:  “Shutdown shenanigans and uncertainty effect”.

Other than its obligatory reference to President Obama as an (unwilling) participant in
those “shenanigans”, the Sentinel clearly points the finger where it belongs – at Congress.

Even more telling is the Sentinel’s inside headline—“Shutdown:  Estimated 800,000 face furloughs” – which introduces companion quotations from Democratic President Obama and Repugnican Speaker of the House John Boehner, the contents of which belie any substantive equivalency between them.

The President is obliquely referring to the extra-constitutional extortionist tactics being employed by minority “Tea Party” extremists to overturn the will of the majority.

Boehner disingenuously opines that “The American people don’t want a shutdown, and neither do I” – when he could have easily averted a shutdown by allowing a vote on a “clean” Continuing Resolution, but didn’t.

To justify Repugnican intransigence, Boehner glibly claims that the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) “is having a devastating impact” (compared to what – 800,000 furloughs?) but offers no evidence thereof.  Thus, Repugnicans continue to rely on outright lies.

Objectively, the “devastating impacts” of “ObamaCare” have been well-documented:

the ACA is already reducing health care costs and thereby extending the actuarial life of Medicare; it reduces future deficits by controlling rising Medicare costs; it will create some 2 million new jobs (mostly in health care-related fields); it reforms the health insurance industry and prohibits previous egregious abuses; and it makes affordable health insurance – and thus health care—accessible to millions of Americans.

Thus, it’s time for the Sentinel to practice what it preaches:  start exposing local voters to the truth about Repugnican “ObamaCare” lies and stop endorsing candidates—like Scott “Tea Party” Tipton, etc.—who refuse to “perform their fiduciary responsibilities in a timely manner”, and “foment needless uncertainty through politically manufactured budget crises”.

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