Let me preface my remarks today by saying that I lean center-left on most issues. I can be hardline right wing on some and far to the left on others. I try to base my opinions on facts and not emotional BS or the misinformation that is foisted on the public by people and organizations with rather obvious agendas. I generally research both the various papers, the internet’s massive wealth of info, News Radio stations, cable news via CNN, FOX NEWS, BBC AMERICA, AL JEZEERA and MSNBC on issues that interest me.
Let me say right upfront that I believe the shutdown of the government to advance questionable and quite debatable doctrine is WRONG. Most of the everyday people I spoke to today at the gas station…at the Post Office…at the 7-11 agreed with that statement.
I was driving in my car this afternoon when Rep. Peter King, the well known and respected right wing republican from Long Island was being interviewed on WCBS News Radio. He was asked his opinions on the government shutdown being orchestrated by the radical right wing of the Republican party. To paraphrase what I heard from Rep. King, Ted Cruz and the rest of his people need to Keep Quiet. Republicans need to stop letting Ted Cruz and the Tea Party people set the agenda for the entire party.
Bravo Rep. King.
He went on to say that there are approximately 40 people in the House that are holding 435 “hostage”. He believes there are at least 35 Republican congressmen who disagree with the Ted Cruz/Tea Party faction on this critical issue. To return the government to full operations 20 of them need to vote to end the stalemate. Rep. King said he was speaking to influential Republicans in the House and Senate and he said he believes they will have enough votes to break from the extremists to end this fruitless exercise.
Karl Rove, the architect of much of the Republican political strategies over the past 15 years commented on the shutdown of the government.
“Any strategy to repeal or replace the law must have a credible chance of succeeding or affecting broad public opinion. the defunding strategy doesn’t. Going down that road would strengthen the president while alienating independents. It is an ill conceived tactic and Republicans should reject it”. For Rove to come out this strongly against the Tea Party and their misguided agenda is quite eye opening. It’s becoming increasingly obvious to all political observers that the Republican party is in no way shape or form in lockstep with the fanatics who are attempting to shutdown the government for their own purposes.
Once again the House has voted 230-189 to defund OBAMACARE. They have approached this legislative crusade with an almost comical vengeance spreading misinformation and wasting millions of dollars of taxpayer money FOR NO GOOD REASON other than the obvious political goals.
Shutting down the healthcare law doesn’t affect the rich and privileged. It continues to hurt those people the Republicans are trying to reach…the young…the sick and elderly…women and children. If they expect to ever win a national election in the near future, how can they be so blind to what’s happening in the real world? Yes the Democrats have done their bit to shut the government down, but they at the very least have been attempting to find reasonable compromise with these fanatics for many months. Democrats in the House and Senatehave been faced with the “my way or the highway” attitude of the extremists. When two people are engaged in a negotiation and one of them says NO WAY to any change of position, there can be no resolution of anything. House speaker Boehner finds himself in an unenviable position.
On the one hand he is trying to reach reasonable compromise with the President and the Democrats that might actually pass the Senate. But he is also being pushed around by Tea Party fanatics who will do whatever they can to remove him should he not do their bidding. This hijacking of the government process is expensive, fruitless and an immense waste of time. Instead of addressing the real issues facing 21st century America they insist on trying to push their unrealistic and unfair agenda on everyone. Did anyone tell them who won the election? Did anyone explain to them that the vast majority of people believe that the POTUS has a reasonable plan to compromise and get things moving in the right direction? I guess we’ll see at election time just how many voters remember this insane behaviour by elected officials.
According to the Daily News online Oct. 2, 2013 edition,
Moderate-leaning House Republicans, including New York and New Jersey members, were set Monday to break with party and oppose the latest move by.. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/george-clooney-hopes-government-shutdown-ends-applauds-new-york-rep-peter-king-article-1.1474112#ixzz2gbdHTiJv
Today’s YAHOO NEWS reported Rep. King’s comments. King told reporters nearby he would not support his party’s fresh plan to fund the government, which included an amendment to delay the mandate to buy health insurance in the Affordable Care Act. King initially supported the effort to defund the president’s health care law, but with the deadline looming at midnight Monday for a government shutdown, enough was enough. “I’m voting against it, that’s all,” King said, adding there were as many as 25 other House Republicans who agreed with him privately. But he couldn’t say if they would join him in publicly voting to buck House Republican leadership. King added that if the government did shut down, one man would be responsible. “Ted Cruz should be blamed,” King said. “And anybody that follows him.”
This never ending attack on the President’s Healthcare Legislation needs to end immediately. It’s one of the most idiotic government exercises in recent memory. Does the law need to be tweaked? Perhaps. So much legislation evolves over periods of time. But this full frontal assault by fanatics who will try ANYTHING, including wrecking the country’s credit ratings, putting people out of work and endangering our safety MUST END.
- GOP Rep. King: Government shutdown a ‘fool’s error started by Ted Cruz’ (tv.msnbc.com)
- The 11 House Republicans Who Are Ready to Give Up Obamacare Fight in Order to End Government Shutdown (theblaze.com)
- GOP Rep. Peter King: This Shutdown ‘Disaster’ is ‘Ted Cruz’s Fault’ (mediaite.com)
- Day 1 of first government shutdown in nearly 18 years (cltv.com)
- John McCain and Ted Cruz Offer Drastically Different Advice to House Republicans as Shutdown Nears (theblaze.com)