Saturday, October 26, 2013
Obama and Senate shutdown government
Contrary to the letter “Collateral damage” (Oct. 21), which mirrored Democrats’ talking points, it was not tea party Republicans Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman (nor Cathy McMorris Rodgers) who temporarily shut down the government — it was President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate. (By the way, Palin is not in Congress, so why include her name?)
The Republican-controlled House has constitutional responsibility for funding all government activities and several bills were offered to do that (except fund the ACA) so it was the executive branch (Obama) and the Senate that actually blocked government funding — then forced the House to cave in (which it did in order to keep government functioning).
Ironically, on page A6 of the same U-B edition it was pointed out that “Obama says it (the shutdown) showed just how many things, large and small, the government does to help people.”
Yes, and he did everything within his power to make that point by closing all federal parks, historic sites and monuments — including open areas that didn’t need to be closed. Anyone who doesn’t understand what he did and why must be blind ... or biased beyond reason.
Most egregious about the letter was playing the race card (that the House took action because Obama is the “first black American president.”) Is anyone else getting tired of this absurd canard being used against anyone who opposes Obama’s policies? Inserting racism where it doesn’t exist is contemptible.
“The tea party” is not an organized political party and most of them have three basic core values: fiscal responsibility, limited government and free market economy. Every tea party group supports the U.S. Constitution but insists our government abides by its constitutional limitations. They object to Obama’s end runs around those limitations. A single-payer, government-controlled socialized medicine system is not constitutional and that is the stated goal of Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others.
Yes, America has a democratic system but is not a pure democracy — we have a constitutional republic.
The only way the Supreme Court could justify Obamacare is by labeling it a tax. Rest assured that our patience will be taxed as well, and when Obamacare turns out to be the monster that wrecked our economic health, costs huge numbers of jobs, hurts both large and small businesses, and degrade the finest medical care on Earth — at least the “tea party Republicans” will be on record as having tried to stop it.