In a recent letter, using stunning mental gymnastics, the writer blamed the Senate and President Obama for the government shutdown.
The letter stated: “The Republican-controlled House has constitutional responsibility for funding all government activities and several bills were offered to do that (except fund the ACA) so it was the executive branch (Obama) and the Senate that actually blocked government funding — then forced the House to cave in (which it did in order to keep government functioning).”
Stating “except fund the ACA” is like saying the 1940s were generally peaceful (except for World War II).
The ACA is a law. It was passed by Congress and found to be constitutional by the Supreme Court. Holding the government hostage to defund it up to hours short of default was an act of legislative terrorism. Some tea party House members were not worried about defaulting on our debts even though economists and political leaders around the world from all persuasions begged them not to because of the high probability of dire consequences.
As it was, the House GOP effort cost the nation $24 billion and disrupted the lives and livelihoods of millions as collateral damage.
Here is a list of 49 Republicans on a websote (bit.ly/1hfqKCs) — representatives, senators, governors, old-school conservatives and pundits — who thought shutting down the government to defund the ACA was a huge mistake. Peter King R-NY: “This party is going nuts.”
The writer also said: “Every tea-party group supports the U.S. Constitution but insists our government abides by its constitutional limitations. They object to Obama’s end runs around those limitations. A single-payer, government-controlled socialized medicine system is not constitutional and that is the stated goal of Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others.”
Note — The ACA isn’t a single payer system. However, Medicare is a single-payer, government-controlled health system. It has been in place since 1965 and hasn’t been struck down by the Supreme Court.
I venture to say that the mostly older Republican audience members in “Coffee With Cathy “gatherings at the airport or the like-aged members of audiences at local tea party meetings gladly use their Medicare benefits and do not send their Social Security checks back.
As to the tea party true believers in general, I think they should consider a quote a friend uses: “Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”