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


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ClassicMovieLover 10/04/13 - 02:22 pm
Thank you, Andy Reese!

Thank you, Andy. Thank you for writing a letter that accurately articulates the shutdown situation. As someone who will now be able to get health care under the ACA (after being denied time and again due to "pre-existing conditions"), I appreciate your willingness and ability to help inform people about what is really going on. I am just sorry you have to put up with the hate speech and ignorance displayed by some folks.

The shutdown has had a very real impact on my family. My step-mother is a civilian employed by the Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal. She has been furloughed. My father, who is retired, is about undergo a very expensive surgery. The loss of my step-mother's income is creating tremendous financial uncertainty for my family and I am so angry and those few members of the House who think it's okay to hold my family's financial security hostage just so they can defund Obamacare.

The hypocrisy displayed by some House GOP members has been astonishing. These folks are the ones who are holding the federal budget hostage unless they can get their way and defund the ACA. These people are the ones who shut the national parks, monuments and memorials. These people are the ones who cut Meals-On-Wheels (which provides food to many of our nation's veterans.) These people are the ones who cut food assistance to millions of children and pregnant women.

Once they began to get heat from their constituents, these House GOP members realized that they needed to restore some services, so they have begun to submit resolutions, piecemeal, to fund parts of the government they deem important. But for the rest of the government, they still say "No funding!" Who are these people to play God and decide what gets funded and what doesn't?

I would like to conclude my comments with a link to website that features part of an interview of Michelle Bachmann, conducted by Sean Hannity. In the interview, Bachmann states: "This is about the happiest I've seen members in a long time, because we see we are starting to win this dialogue on a national level," she said.

Ms. Bachmann is apparently happy that millions of Americans are hurting because of the actions taken by her and her House GOP colleagues.


KSL 10/04/13 - 02:57 pm
Your father doesn't have

Your father doesn't have insurance or Medicare?

chascushman 10/04/13 - 03:09 pm
" The hypocrisy displayed by

" The hypocrisy displayed by some House GOP members has been astonishing"
ClassicMovie, I notice that you are blaming the GOP which shows you have an obvious bias. The democrats and the lying racist in the WH are as much to blame as the GOP.

KSL 10/04/13 - 06:55 pm
Hit and run! That is good.

Hit and run!

That is good. NOT

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