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SHUTDOWN: Most who hate haven’t a clue why

Letter by Dana Booth, Tacoma on Oct. 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm | No Comments »
October 8, 2013 12:58 pm

This past week, I’ve read and heard the most vile and hateful rhetoric directed toward conservatives from both the left and establishment Republicans for what they see as conservatives and tea party people blocking progress. I have not witnessed anywhere near this degree of hatefulness coming from the conservatives themselves.

The conservatives are asking for two things that Harry Reid and Barack Obama have decided that it’s worth shutting down the government over. Yet, ask anyone on the street who’re outraged at the conservative “terrorists” what those two things are, and you’ll almost certainly get a blank stare. They’re willing to hate on cue, but most have no idea why they hate.

Those two things?

• Delay the individual health care mandate for one year. If people want to sign up, great; if people don’t, they won’t have to for a year. Obama saw fit to delay the employer mandate, along with hundreds of exemptions to Obamacare to the politically connected who want no part of it. If Obamacare is so wonderful, what’s the problem?

• Remove congressional subsidies for health care. Interestingly, the president, along with his staff and cabinet, are exempt from Obamacare, but members of Congress and their staff are required to enroll in the exchanges. The kicker is that they’ll receive taxpayer subsidies to offset the increased cost.

Again, if Obamacare is so awesome, why don’t politicians want it?

I only ask that people know why the government’s shut down. Most who’re carrying pitchforks and screaming “Terrorist!” do not.

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