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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
How dare the GOP try to thwart the law
It galls me to think that the GOP feels justified in shutting down the government because members do not approve of a law in effect that has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
Surely there must be enough Republicans possessing the vision to foresee that this tactic not only will fail, but will hurt our economy and an untold number of employees and their families.
Yes, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would like to help cancer patients of all ages, but approving one piece of the budget at a time is tantamount to permitting the minority to dictate which laws will be permitted to stand and which will be left unfunded. Most people want the shutdown to end, and 5 million voters chose President Obama over Mitt Romney.
How can Republicans justify this outrageous threat to our political system? Even Joe Scarborough condemns this tactic. He is against Obamacare but understands that it is the law; the only way to change it is to elect a Congress that wants to pass a legislative repeal. I doubt that will ever happen and hope it does not.
MICHAEL A. RANDALL
Republicans have cooked their goose
Re: The government shutdown and debt-ceiling showdown:
Stop the madness. It is unconscionable to think that a sane, professional politician, journalist or average rational citizen would advocate for breaching the federal government’s debt limit.
It is so extraordinarily irresponsible that it defies defense or tolerance — but that is exactly what the Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and some in the U.S. Senate are advocating.
As a citizen, I am discouraged by their attempt to re-litigate the 2012 presidential election all over again in their vain and pernicious attempt to invalidate the presidency of Barack Obama.
But even worse, as a voter I am now so completely disenfranchised by the Republican Party’s naked and reckless grab for power and attention that I can only hope they will be repudiated from office at the federal and state level.
McAuliffe’s attacks are diversionary
Have you seen the new Terry McAuliffe ads featuring an OBGYN saying she’s “offended” by Ken Cuccinelli? How low can the McAuliffe campaign go?
McAuliffe is the only person in the governor’s race talking about issues like abortion. If he talks about his opposition to coal, his full-fledged embrace of Obamacare’s new taxes and lack of choices, or his plans to spend millions of dollars on new programs without offering a way to pay for them, people will understand he’s not a serious candidate for governor.
Cuccinelli, on the other hand, has proposed serious and detailed plans for job creation, economic growth, education, workforce development and a host of other issues facing Virginia’s next governor. Cuccinelli knows that Virginians are focused on jobs, and that’s why he has spent so much of his campaign offering solutions — often in wonkish detail — rather than platitudes and distractions.
McAuliffe has run a shameful campaign that has distorted Cuccinelli’s positions and actions. It’s up to us, the people of Virginia, to hold him accountable, just like in 2009.
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