The Norman Transcript


October 13, 2013

Don’t back down, Obama

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Are we nearing a resolution of the ridiculous government shutdown?  Some analysts think so assuming that both sides will eventually agree to compromise.

Compromise on what?  The GOP extremists started this by saying if the Democrats (mainly the President) don’t agree to defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), they’ll bring the federal government to a halt.

Obamacare is the law of the land, not a bill subject to the horse-trading, wheeling and dealing, and dickering of the congressional bargaining process.  Even the right-wing Supreme Court ruled the law was constitutional, and now it’s in the process of implementation.  Still, these wingnuts won’t give up.

Republicans hate it but what are they going to do?  Well, we’ll threaten to quit playing unless you agree to our demands. A couple of names come to mind to describe such a threat--blackmail and extortion, for example.

Let’s consider an analogy.   Many Republicans strongly dislike the Environmental Protection Agency even though it passed under Richard Nixon’s presidency.  It’s been operating since 1970.  Still, the GOP might say we ought to defund this controversial, bullying, tyrannical agency. 

 Now, Democrats, if you don’t agree with us to defund the EPA we’ll bring the government to a halt.  Extortion.  You bet!    

That’s precisely what’s going on at the moment.   Compromise?  Not to such extremist demands by America’s right-wing madhouse.

A recent e-mail is circulating that clearly captures the absurdity of the current situation.  [The GOP says . . .]  “We are going to leverage a government shutdown into defunding, destroying, obliterating, overturning, dismantling, erasing and ripping apart healthcare.”  Why aren’t you negotiating?

Don’t give an inch, Obama!



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