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Tag: GOP

Oct.
2nd

OBAMACARE: House GOP needs a civics lesson

In middle school, I learned that when a bill passes the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, and is signed by the president, it becomes law. The legality of the law under the Constitution can be challenged, but if the Supreme Court votes to support that law, then that’s it.

Obamacare was passed by Congress, signed by the president and affirmed by the Supreme Court. If Republicans don’t like the law, then they can overturn it by creating a “no health care” bill and going through the same process. Instead, they refuse to fund the entire U.S. government unless

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Oct.
2nd

SHUTDOWN: Congress should fund the ACA

Our members of Congress are sent to Washington to keep us safe, write laws and decide the best way to spend tax dollars. They have a fiduciary responsibility to do no harm. And yet, to stop the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they feel justified in doing harm to individuals, our government and our economy.

A budget should fund the government and its laws. The ACA is a law and should be funded. Changing that law can be done over time through the legislative process, but that is a separate issue from getting the country a budget.

Because the debt ceiling

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Oct.
1st

SHUTDOWN: Congress’ inaction is unacceptable

Shutting down the government and failing to pay the government bills because you didn’t get your way is unacceptable. Many hard-working government employees won’t be getting paid, but members of Congress will.

My voting history could be described as independent but leaning Republican. This time I will be withholding my vote for all Republicans at all levels. I urge others to do the same.

It used to be that we could look to Republicans for fiscally responsible good government. That’s not true anymore. Tea party extremists have taken over.

Obamacare has flaws, but they’re not as bad as our current

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Oct.
1st

SHUTDOWN: GOP isn’t the party to blame

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

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Sep.
30th

GOP: Republicans ‘giddy’ over looming disaster

The News Tribune’s front-page headline (9-27), “Parties use health care to threaten shutdown,” suggests that Democrats and Republicans are equally to blame. Correction: Only the Republicans are refusing to pay our bills.

The last time Republicans held the government hostage, they cost us billions of dollars by lowering government credit-worthiness and eliminated millions of jobs through sequestration.

Now they demand abandoning health insurance for all before they will pass a temporary budget. And they may refuse to follow their constitutional obligation to fund the national debt if they don’t get their way on many ill-considered proposals. Their actions threaten

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Sep.
23rd

GOP: Party has sunk to a low level

It’s hard to believe that a political party that at one time was the most respected party could stoop so low. Back when President Eisenhower was in office, the Republican Party was the greatest. Now that the tea party is in charge, it has sunk low.

Anyone who would waste their vote on these people is no better than they are. They have no respect for the people who put them in office – only the corporations that fund their agendas. It is extremely sad to see the infrastructure that was constructed by the Republican Party now being destroyed by

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Aug.
16th

OBAMA: Republicans are ones flouting the law

Re: “Can Obama continue to write his own laws?” (Charles Krauthammer column, 8-16).

I make it a general rule to avoid Krauthammer’s columns. Unlike other conservatives, he is less interested in solutions than others. This column was a broad indictment of things that President Obama has done with health care, the war on drugs and other domestic issues. He made the point that our president was doing these thing without Congress and implied it was the foundation of a banana republic.

As a voter, I want to be very clear that I believe when people are elected, it is

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June
3rd

POLITICS: GOP less interested in the ‘little man’

I am disappointed that politics is surpassing service to Americans in the Congress now. It seems that Republicans are working harder to press “scandal” onto the White House than they are in ensuring that there are jobs for Americans. They also are painted into the corner when they are accused of working in service of corporations. These corporations escape taxes and pay their workers as little as they can for the benefit of the CEOs, who then shower gifts upon their “owned” politicians at election time.

It is true that Democrats have similar relationships with their big donors: Hollywood and

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