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October 16, 2013

Shutdown shows GOP has learned nothing

Shutdown shows GOP has learned nothing

You’d think that after two elections in which their presidential candidates have lost on a health care mandate, more than 40 congressional attempts to end or amend Obamacare, a Supreme Court ruling upholding that law and now a government shutdown, the Republican Congress would have learned something, but it hasn’t — intentionally.

Instead, we now have a bunch of clowns whose self-interests and gerrymandered districts assure their re-elections without regard for the jobs they were voted to perform and the constituents they are supposed to represent. 

New York Congressmen Richard Hanna and Chris Gibson could learn a thing or two from Sherwood Boehlert about moderate principles and governing from a centrist rather than an extremist political position. The congressional shutdown has cost our country more than $300 million a day and the havoc it is having on our veterans, seniors and furloughed workers, among others, is totally irresponsible and they know it.

We can thank tea party extremists who have taken over the Grand Old Party for this mess. But in reality, it’s leaders like John Boehner and others who should have stopped this nonsense long before it got to this point. Congressional Republicans should be ashamed of this latest stunt, but they aren’t. Is this an example of leadership and their vision for America? I think not. We, as Americans, need to recognize this shutdown for what it is … a cheap, stupid political tactic intended to upend the Affordable Care Act and tarnish the president. Stunts like this have consequences, and the GOP will pay dearly at the voting booth for years to come.

Corruption exists in both political parties but some Republicans have taken this to a new low and a folly of this magnitude will once again cost taxpayers as a result.

Joseph C. Stillman

Oneonta

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