Have you no decency, GOP?

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In previous letters to the editor, I generally have tried to present the progressive view on a given subject without being overly partisan. Of course, the positions of the Democrats usually are closer to mine than the Republicans, but that has mostly been incidental.

In fact, I strongly believe that we are better off as a country with a strong, articulate and rational conservative viewpoint as a contrast to the progressive position. Debate improves proposals of both sides.

But in the current crisis, there is only one side – that of the American people. The Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. The American people ratified it by re-electing Obama rather than Mitt Romney, who made the ACA his major position.

Now, a small group of members in the House of Representatives show that they believe in democracy only when they get their way. They have tried to blackmail the Senate and the executive branch and judicial branches of government by inflicting pain on ordinary people and the entire economy by shutting down the government.

I believe Republican leaders have said they have to kill the ACA now because they think it will work to help people afford health care. I repeat: They want to kill it because they think it will help people!

After numerous cuts to programs that provide the safety net for our most vulnerable, this latest attempt brings me to ask the question that Joseph Welch asked U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy almost 60 years ago, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

The events of the next few days will supply the answer.

Andy C. Reese

Augusta

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Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 08:23 am
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Decency with "politics" you

Decency with "politics" you gotta be kidding. That has never happened in American history.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 08:25 am
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Well since Andy resorts to ad

Well since Andy resorts to ad hominem does that make it OK to resort to ad hominem to describe him? Fair is fair? No, decency forbids that in moderates.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:26 am
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"But in the current crisis, there is only one side – that of the American people"

I still don't believe this claim!! The polls I have seen seem to indicate the majority of The American people DON'T want Obamacare!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:29 am
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"The American people ratified it by re-electing Obama rather than Mitt Romney, who made the ACA his major position"

Here again, I don't believe that Obamacare had THAT MUCH to do with the re-election of Obama!! I do WHOLE-HEARTEDLY agree that THE LAST person that should be talking against Obamacare is Romney!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:32 am
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"Now, a small group of members in the House of Representatives show that they believe in democracy only when they get their way"

I DO BELIEVE this statement about The Tea Party, BUT they are such a small minority of Republicans to the point they ALONE can not be doing all of this harm!!

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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 08:35 am
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It's as obvious as the nose

It's as obvious as the nose on your face that Obama and Senate Dems orchestrated this charade for weeks -all to blame Rep for political points. The real question is does Obama have any decency? Well no he want to be dictator to pick and choose what laws or parts of laws "he" want to execute-basically want to be king. Probably stole the election by using the IRS to suppress the tea party, etc.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:36 am
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"I believe Republican leaders have said they have to kill the ACA now because they think it will work to help people afford health care. I repeat: They want to kill it because they think it will help people!"

DON'T GET ME WRONG, I believe in Obamacare!! However, polls showing Americans don't perticularly like it DOES give The Republicans cause AND ALSO the treamendous cost the the national budget is nothing to take lightly!!

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Gary Ross 10/03/13 - 08:39 am
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I pray...

I pray the Good Lord grant this writer, and others like him, a healthy dose of common sence - just for one day. Not enough to shock him into a heart attack, but enough to see the crap that they are spouting.

Yesterday, Fox News called it exactly what it is; A Senate Shut-down.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:42 am
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"“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”"

This is what I say about ANYONE that votes against Obamacare!! 47 million American citizens have been WITHOUT health insurance MUCH, MUCH TOO LONG!! As a matter of opinion, I believe socialized medicine would be MORE humane than the current system!! I believe what Obama is saying TO ALL of Americans is that good medical care SHOULD NOT be limited to just those who are LUCKY enough to have benefits and also the people that can qualify for Medicaid!! It is a brighter day for ALL because of Obamacare!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:44 am
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"The events of the next few days will supply the answer"

This is TOO, TOO optomistic! I believe it will be at the very least 2 years before we really see results, GOOD OR BAD!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:49 am
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Gary Ross @ 8:39

"I pray the Good Lord grant this writer, and others like him, a healthy dose of common sence - just for one day"

Why is it NOT common sence to expect 47 million of our fellow citizens to be able to finally afford health insurance for their families??

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carcraft 10/03/13 - 08:49 am
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No one seems interested in

No one seems interested in some of the unintended consequences of this law. GRADY in Atlanta is slated to lose $ 46 MILLION due to Obama care! The ACA is SUPPOSED to add 30 million new patients to they health care system, but no increase in the number of Doctors. Who takes care of theses folks? Oh never mine, we do have more IRS agents and they are really good at prostate checks.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:55 am
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deestafford @ 3:49 AM

"The Republicans are asking for a one year delay in individual mandate portion of Obamacare in order to allow the administration to work out some problems as the president did for the employer mandate (which he has not authority to do since it was a law passed by Congress and he signed"

I AGREE WITH this point! The House Republicans should make their "fight" based on this issue that Obama wants to delay the employer mandate!!

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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 08:59 am
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carcraft @ 8:49

"The ACA is SUPPOSED to add 30 million new patients to they health care system, but no increase in the number of Doctors. Who takes care of theses folks?"

The powers that be should look closely into making it easier for young, intellegent people to become physicions assisstants and nurse practitioners!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 09:06 am
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GACopprhed @ 4:03 AM

"Very funny, deestafford, especially when the only people who think it should be delayed are Republicans, and Republicans have had the definite agenda of attempting to thwart anything that Obama and the Democrats try to do"

I agree with this, BUT isn't that the modous operandi of BOTH PARTIES!! The Republicans DO HAVE a very good point about Obama expecting to be able to delay the employer mandate, BUT he won't hear of delaying the whole thing!! In my opinion, that is like, "Having one's cake and eating it too!!"

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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 09:07 am
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Government is all about

Government is all about negotiating and compromise. The Senate and Obama are unwilling to negotiate or compromise. So who is holding the govt hostage. Dems and Obama. The Rep have done nothing wrong with asking changes, asked for conference and rejected. The Senate is bullying the House by accept this bill or else-that isn't the way our govt works. The progressive caucus has 71 members and the tea party caucus 49 members-so it appears we are all being held hostage by these minority fringe movements. I think Andy would put a bounty on each tea party member head but perhaps he should include radical group-the progressives and we could really do some good huh?

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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 09:09 am
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Well I predict in 4 years a

Well I predict in 4 years a minority of folks will be happy with the ACA all the rest who are footing the bill for the happy ones won't be so happy.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 09:12 am
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It's a bad law that doesn't

It's a bad law that doesn't achieve the intended goals. The CBO has said that 31 of the 45 million still won't be covered, and costs are higher than predicted. So go ahead Senate and Obama fight for this bill because it will likely be your political head stone of failure.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 09:16 am
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deestafford @ 4:36 AM

"is what this Obamacare and "free" healthcare is all about.

In reality, the entire Obama administration is catnip for the gullible"

NOW, I AM on your side about the employer mandate AND NOW you have the nerve to slam MY PRESIDENT!! How dare you??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 09:20 am
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Bizkit @ 9:09

"Well I predict in 4 years a minority of folks will be happy with the ACA all the rest who are footing the bill for the happy ones won't be so happy"

You may very well be correct, BUT opinions are like *%#!&$#, everyone has got one!!

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prov227 10/03/13 - 09:22 am
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Sorry, Mr. Reese ...

but the people elected more Republicans to the peoples' House than other parties. Many were elected specifically to rein in the burgeoning socialist government. Therefore, the House may fulfill its Constitutional obligation to defund grossly unpopular laws (just as the temporarily controlled Democratic House forced it down our throats.) The Supreme Court ruled the ACA is a NEW TAX. Wimper, wimper.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 09:23 am
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We have over 400

We have over 400 representatives and of those 49 are members of the Tea party caucus and 71 are members of the Progressive caucus. So neither radical fringe group represents a majority of Americans and we should tar and feather all of them and run them out of town. hee,hee,hee. The govt is being held hostage by these two minority fringe radical groups.

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Truth Matters 10/03/13 - 09:24 am
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Sounds like people who want

Sounds like people who want the Dems and President to agree to 1) allow the repeal of the ACA, or 2) Defund the ACA, or 3) delay implementation are saying to the millions who voted to re-elect the president and keep a democratic senate, that their vote/wishes don't matter.

There is a process to get laws changed and that process does not include making the whole country suffer while one party has a hissy fit.....a FIVE YEAR HISSY FIT, at that.

Maybe the Dems should shutdown the government to get the tougher gun background checks they wanted, or to stop states from attacking Roe v. Wade (not necessarily my position), or to strike down any law they do not like. But they won't because even when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of GWB in 2000, Dems didn't like it but accepted it. At some point, there has to be settled law. What a lesson for the GOP to learn.

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carcraft 10/03/13 - 09:39 am
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I love it, Republicans are

I love it, Republicans are they only ones that want to delay this, unless of course you are Obama and worried about mid term elections, then you can delay it for your big business buddies. You can delay it for unions, you can subsidize Congress. Oh excuse me you can't delay for the folks paying the bill?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 09:40 am
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You mean like all the settled

You mean like all the settled law the President refuses to execute? So the president can unilaterally delay the law, but Congress can't? Progressives are an interesting party-the Green party and Communist Party USA both claim to be progressives so its a real volatile mix. I don't think they should prevent the implementation of any of it-including those the President favors. Implement the law as legally bound because it isn't fair for the President and Senate to have their way with his bill and then no Rep voice-that already happened when they bullied the bill through.

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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 10:39 am
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The ACA law is a law that

The ACA law is a law that Dems lamented wasn't a "tax" before the public but then in front of SCOTUS it was a tax as a major argument. Then the SCOTUS rules the law unconstitutional under the Commerce clause so the govt can't force people to buy insurance, but if the penalty is considered a "tax" well then it falls in Congress provence with their taxing powers. But the SCOTUS also ruled states could opt out of the planned Medicaid expansion part of the bill-and that screws up the whole deal. Without that and getting young folks to sign up in droves the savings will never be seen. The law was upheld and neutered in one stroke. But I would also agree with Obama that it is better to work together in Congress to change the current law rather than repeal. The first thing is to simplify the law as they should simplify the tax code too. Laws should never be so long you can't read them in one sitting of an hour or so. Congress use to pass more laws with shorter bills and now passes fewer laws with longer bills.

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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 10:36 am
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GOT TO GO

Chores calling my name. I hate it!! Maybe later.

KSL
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KSL 10/03/13 - 10:39 am
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bled

I know you don't like to read, so I know you would not be expected to know anything about the Wharton School of Business's study on people who did not have health insurance. This was before the odious ACA was passed. Of the 30 million, 10 million were elligible for various programs, but had not signed up. 10 million could afford health insurance, but made the choice not to buy it. So, it boils down to the fact that ACA will have ruined healthcare in the US for 10 million. It could have been fixed without this socialist takeover.

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Bizkit 10/03/13 - 10:51 am
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I'd take Bill Clinton any day

I'd take Bill Clinton any day of the week to be president right now. He would have more success with his international diplomacy and would have already engaged both Rep and Dems and ended this shut-down. The man had skills poltically-unlike Barak who hasn't the skills to deal with issues. I think recent events are highlighting the weaknesses of our executive branch in dealing with these pressing issues. Do you think Bill Clinton would have allowed Putin the advantage in Syria-hell no Putin always honored all his deals with Clinton because he knew what he was dealing with. Bill may have had his indiscretions but at least he was qualified to be president.

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myfather15 10/03/13 - 10:55 am
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GACopprhed

"the prosecution of a war in Afghanistan that had no end game, a war in Iraq that had no purpose, and was based on pure lies AND had no end game."

For petes sake, do you guys have absolutely ZERO agrument, besides to blame Bush? Obama COULD have ended each and every war when he became President, did he?

Obviously you do NOT understand 9 trillion when Obama when into office and 17 trillion NOW!! That means he INCREASED spending, DRAMATICALLY!!! 233 years=9 Trillion in debt, 4 years of Obama=8 trillion in debt!! How on earth do you blame that on Bush? Like I said, Obama could have ended the wars his first year in office, but DIDNT. He continued them AND increased spending. Unbelieveable the lengths the left will go to defend their guys. I've NEVER went NEAR that far in defending the GOP; mainly because I just don't like politicians in general!!

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