Tea party Republicans shut down our government. Should they be proud? What has it cost us, the people?
As of last Thursday, the news media say $24 billion.
That is just the tax money they wasted. What about those cancer patients in experimental programs that were shut down? What about those families who don’t have jobs and needed federal assistance?
Or how about those king crab fishing boats tied up in Dutch Harbor that can’t get federal permits to pursue their “Deadliest Catch?” What about the TV producers who can’t show the king crab fishery for our entertainment? What about the Russian fleet that is poised to take over the U.S. share of the king crab market in Japan?
Federal parks and historic sites were shut down. Veterans of World War II were denied access to their memorial, and then they tore down the barricades.
Who did the Republicans blame? The Park Service that they had shut down.
A Republican congressman made a fool of himself attacking the park ranger. Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman and others made fools of themselves blaming the president for shutting down the memorial that they shut down.
The original tea-party revolted against unfair taxation and autocratic government. The new tea party protects unfair taxation and attacks democracy with extortion and sabotage.
Extortion and sabotage are punishable under the law, but the Republicans act with impunity and instead call for impeachment of the president.
For what? For being the first black American president? For trying to do what is right for the people — the majority of the people, not just the rich Republicans who have bought our political process?
House Speaker John Boehner has used the Hastert Rule to keep the House of Representatives from achieving anything meaningful for the people for five years. That rule allows only the speaker of the House to bring items up for a vote.
Do you think our Founding Fathers wanted that? That rule should be abolished so each representative has a voice in the House. And look who was behind Boehner in all those TV news bites — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Do we want that do-nothing representing us?
The Republicans want to use Gallagher’s Sledge-O-Matic to fix our government.
Let’s send people to Washington, D.C., to represent US, not millionaires and billionaires that don’t pay taxes, money that could help balance our budget and keep our economy viable.