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SHUTDOWN: GOP isn’t the party to blame

Letter by Brian T. Ward, Tacoma on Oct. 1, 2013 at 11:21 am | No Comments »
October 1, 2013 12:34 pm

President Obama said, “We’re not going to accomplish (government responsibilities) if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want and if they don’t, they threaten to burn down the house.”

The uncompromising party seems to be the party of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid right now, the party that did not bring the Senate into session all of Sunday and until 2 p.m. Monday did not even consider a temporary delay of the Affordable Care Act.

Even though there are technical difficulties with the exchanges and economic consequences that need sorting out, the Democrats refuse to even reconsider the harmful and counterproductive medical device tax and see no issue in delaying the employer/corporate mandate and exempting the legislative branch with a swift stroke of the pen while still forcing the public to play out this bad hand.

Many (namely Obama) are spinning this to look like Republicans are being horribly stubborn and evil while omitting that, in fact, Republicans agreed that young adults as old as 26 should be able to be on their parents’ accounts and people with pre-existing conditions should not be discriminated against; both provisions were left intact in all of last week’s House proposals.

This government shutdown is not the product of Republican stubbornness. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

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