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A Different Sort Of Shutdown


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Americans, government shutdown, Obamacare, GOP/TP, congress, corruption, ethics, lies, government, politics )

Carrie
- 196 days ago - nationalmemo.com
The right-wing minority that has plunged government into chaos should be treated for what it is: a narrow slice of public opinion whose power has been amplified by gerrymandered districts and a far-right echo chamber.



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Hannah Theresa Weyland (8)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:20 pm
They have shown their true colours.
 

Karin Abraham (27)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:36 pm
They sure have, Hannah. Let's just hope those colors change soon!
 

Dave C. (204)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:52 pm
GOP --- greedy, selfish, obstructing, poisoning, anti-US....
 

John S. (294)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:12 am
Really, a compromise of the progressive with the democrats. That's why I keep recommending ignore the left and right and go for the center. Perhaps the lead statement should have two word change:- The left-wing minority that has plunged government into chaos should be treated for what it is: a narrow slice of public opinion whose power has been amplified by gerrymandered districts and a far-left echo chamber.
 

Elizabeth M. (63)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:46 pm
The shutdown is different because the Republicans have no coherent strategy. Their leaders, as one Republican put it to me, have been laying track just ahead of the train as it roars forward.
Now we really know what they are like!
Thank You Carrielll.
 

Sherry D. (47)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:13 pm
Cruel and Unusual Politics:

The words most frequently used to describe House Republicans these days are CRAZY and STUPID. And itís not just the Liberal columnists and Democratic politicians who are questioning the GOPís basic sanity and I.Q. No less than the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal characterized the latest scheme to defund ObamaCare by threatening an imminent government shut down as inept and a Kamikaze mission. Karl Rove called it ill-conceived and North Carolinaís Richard Burr castigated it as the dumbest idea he had ever heard of, which says quite a lot coming from a senator who introduced a ridiculous bill to abolish the EPA.

The name calling makes for good t.v., and the GOP crack up no doubt thrills many a progressive. All the Senate Democrats and several Republicans are opposed to this latest Tea Party hostage taking plot, so the chances it will succeed in gutting ObamaCare are nonexistent. Now that the government is shut down the rest of the GOP will realize the futility of this gambit and the damage it will do to their electoral odds. But all of this attention to congressional procedures and electoral point scoring misses something quite profound about what the GOP has proposed in the past few months: a chilly cruel vision of a society in which tens of millions struggle to survive in abject misery while the richest of the rich get richer. Call it Elysium in the real world,2013.

Indeed, the day before the House voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, it passed a farm bill that would cut $40 million from the Federal food stamp program which helps to feed 48 million Americans, 3 million of whom would immediately lose their benefits if the GOP get itís way. Conservatives like Paul Ryan berated the program for lulling able bodied Americans into a culture of independency. The program, however, provides on the average just $4.45 a day, and most of itís beneficiaries are children, the elderly and the disabled. The GOP demanded that food stamp recipients find jobs or participate in job-training programs. But itís the same House republicans who have failed to pass a single jobs bill, while also voting to cut job training programs. The message, then, to the 17 million Americans who struggle to find enough food to eat is quite simple-time to starve.

Likewise,if the Affordable Care Act were to be scrapped, the GOP has no solution for Americans who lack affordable coverage or have pre-existing conditions. Once again, the implicit message is that people should simply submit to the vicissitudes of the free market-the society should just let our uninsured die. And the recent campaign to persuade young Americans not to enroll in ObamaCare, while deriding for itís clownish execution , has a dark intent: actively encouraging young people not to seek health care.

Republicans may very well, not succeed in enacting these miserable policies, but they are winning the larger debate: The Democratic counter offer to the GOP food stamp proposal was a modest $4.5 billion reduction. There has been zero discussion of the serious need to expand benefits. Similarly, Democrats have failed to mount a credible challenge to the crippling sequester cuts. In short, the debate in Washington still accepts the false framework that government is spending too much, with Democrats relegated to doing damage control. With the GOP threatening a debt ceiling breach, itís time for more Democrats to join the progressive Caucus, supporting itís powerful case for an active government that fights for ordinary Americans.

The Nation Magazine- October 2013
 
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