To The Daily Sun,
I would like to take an opportunity to respond to a letter written by Lew Henry published in your November 7 issue. His letter talked about the government shutdown and how it is the Tea Party's fault. If you only listen to what the liberal media has to say, you can understandably make no other conclusion than it's the Tea Party's fault, even though it was not. Here is why:
First, the liberals blamed the whole debacle on "Tea Party" Senator Ted Cruz, saying that he wanted to shutdown the government if Obamacare wasn't repealed. But that is not a fact. You don't know the truth of what he wanted unless you actually listened to what he had to say during his "filibuster." He wanted to pass a continuing resolution so the government did not shut down, but he didn't want Obamacare funded, as was stated in the House's bill that was sent to the Senate. It was the Democrats and the RINOs in the Senate that voted that down. That's right, the Dems and RINOs essentially voted to shut down the government because Obamacare was more important to them. Then another CR came through with the condition that the individual mandate to be delayed like the employer mandate had been. Again it was the Dems and RINOs that voted that down, not the Tea Party Senators. A third CR went through and again the Dems and RINOs voted it down, and the government shutdown ensued. It was not the Tea Party senators that voted for the government shutdown, it was the Dems and RINOs.
Next, Mr. Henry states that the shutdown cost the government $24 billion. The government should have been spending money only on essential things that keeps the country running and safe, yet money was spent to block off and guard open-air memorials (that are not normally guarded) and other tourist areas to keep people out. The Tea Party didn't do that, Obama did. While many military bases and the stores where our military personnel and families get there discounted goods were closed, the bases where Obama plays golf were kept open so he could play while the government was shut down. The Tea Party didn't do that, Obama did. And while important services like the Amber Alert website were shut down due to lack of funds, Michelle Obama's useless "Let's Move" website was kept up and running. The Tea Party didn't do that, Obama did. These are facts that Mr. Henry has failed to recognize. I would appreciate it if he could give some examples of facts to defend his statement that the Tea Party wasted billions of dollars. My guess is he will be hard pressed to find any considering one of the main things the Tea Party stands for is smaller government and less spending
Now to get to the real point of my letter. Mr. Henry has chastised Senator Ayotte and her "Tea Party" buddies for everything to do with the shutdown. I would like to inform him and the rest of the anti-Tea Party crowd that, while Senator Ayotte may have run on and may have been elected on Tea Party values, she is not a Tea Party senator. She lied to all of us. All you need to do is look at her voting record. She voted for the amnesty bill, which will bankrupt the country with the legalization of the 11 million criminals who broke our laws in entering the country and the extra "entitlements" that come with it. She also stuck with the RINOs and voted for the shutdown because she didn't want to be on the outs with the majority of the Senate. I'll completely agree with Mr. Henry on the fact that Senator Ayotte does not have her priorities straight. She did stick with her Washington buddies. Those buddies just happen to be the RINOs, not the Tea Party. She does not represent the Tea Party and she does not represent New Hampshire. The Tea Party believes that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and those that have taken an oath to uphold and protect it should do just that. The current president, the Democrats, and the RINOs like Senator Ayotte have refused to do that. They have failed us. They are a disgrace to the oath of office.
There will always be disagreement and I am sure Mr. Henry and I will still disagree on who caused the government shutdown. I sincerely hope however that we can agree on one thing. When November of 2016 comes around, it will be time to vote Senator Ayotte out of office.