Note how tea party politicians routinely start their remarks with "The American people want." And what "the American people want" conveniently coincides with their ideological preferences.
It would seem that the American people — meaning a massive majority — don't want this government shutdown. So scrambling Republicans have come up with "modest" and "common-sense" proposals to end the impasse:
We can keep the national parks open, they are offering. Also the Department of Veterans Affairs. Let's just yank the tax on medical devices out of the Affordable Care Act or the requirement for contraception coverage. Simply delay the individual mandate. That's all we ask, and we'll reopen the government.
What about the panda cam? They forgot the panda cam. The American people love watching Mei Xiang licking her adorable cub at the National Zoo. No government, no panda cam.
You see where this is going. And that is why America's leaders, Democrats and sane Republicans, must drive a stake in the heart of the idea that you can close down the government — and threaten economic meltdown by playing games with the debt ceiling — to win political concessions.
Nothing the tea party people demand can't be had through the normal political process. It happens that a duly elected House and Senate passed Obamacare. And when asked, the U.S. Supreme Court said it's cool with it.
But if "the American people do not want Obamacare," to quote Rep. Jim Bridenstine and other Republican radicals, they don't have to have Obamacare. They can vote more right-wingers into office and do away with it.
As the public grows ever testier over the shutdown, tea party extremists bleat more loudly about their "modest" and "common-sense" ideas for restarting the government. Here's an analogy: Guy opens a restaurant. Mobster barges in demanding $10 a week or the place burns down. Owner says no. Mobster responds in wounded tone, "But $10 is such a modest request."
The more modest the Republican demands, the nuttier they sound. Pious posturing does not alter the fact that we're viewing an extortion racket.
Only unconditional defeat of this tactic can save the principle that you don't shut down government to get this or that concession. Obama made a serious mistake by negotiating during past trumped-up crises. He's been strong so far.
Here's a happy ending: Republican House Speaker John Boehner does what he should have long ago, sends a spending measure to the House to keep government going. It passes with Democratic and pragmatist Republican votes.
Party hotheads may well respond by stripping Boehner of his speakership. Boehner can frame his action as a personal sacrifice, a patriotic act to stop the shutdown's mounting damage — to the economy and to America's reputation as a serious power.
Republicans appalled by these antics can regroup and work to cut down the tea party coalition's power and size come the next election. They've got to take the car keys away. Either that or Republicans will crash in districts with sophisticated electorates.
As for the little tea party tyrants, they go on. Defeat is never a problem for them. They can return home blaming their loss on betrayal by "moderate" Republicans. They are martyrs, you see.
But by the 2014 elections, the welcome reality of Obamacare will have sunk in, and even these folks probably won't fight it. They'll come up with new self-serving claims about "what the American people want."
What Americans need right now is an abject defeat of the idea that government shutdowns offer a respectable forum for negotiations. Pray that Obama stands firm on this.
(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
Obama accuses ALL others in government of being unwilling to compromise, then absolutely refuses to compromise when it is clear he is completely wrong! I would call that stubborn, pigheaded stupidity, which pretty well describes him on everything!
Let's start at beginning: Obama was clearly born in Kenya, and was never an American citizen. Clearly he has lied about all of his earlier life and education, which, by the passports he used, he proved he was never an American. Most of his early education was in Indonesia as a Muslim, which finally he now admits. He claims to be brilliant, yet, when he finally produced a "birth certificate", it was so clearly a fake as it showed he was born in a non existing hospital, and his numerical sequence was impossible. He was so terribly stupid he couldn't even do a fair fake! Maybe his best claim to fame is with his Acorn massive misinformation, which he used for overwhelming vote stacking, as way to "win" presidency twice. Dishonesty is his fundamental method. His ridiculous Obamacare is the most massive case of fraud ever dumped on the USA; it seems that so far only one person has claimed to have read it all. (NONE of the Democrats who dumped it on us ever claimed to have read it or understand it, with their statement "we have to pass it before we can find out what it is!) That seems to be the standard way of Democrats — the know-nothing party!
Now he claims that it is better to shut down the government (and blame Republicans for his dishonesty) than even delay his massive fraud of "Obamacare", which is NOT care at all!
Our best solution is to Impeach him (if that is possible for a non-citizen) and then deport him back to Kenya.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:03
To The Daily Sun,
I am a firm believer in freedom of choice and thought. I know that thoughtful individuals come to different conclusions on issues of the day, and I respect the value of individuals' opinions.
But I feel strongly that conclusions should be drawn from unbiased, fact-based sources. In his recent letter, Mr. Ewing based his conclusions on a very biased source: The Free Beacon is the online publication of the Center for American Freedom. The Center for American Freedom, a non-profit group, states its mission is to "to transform conservative ideas into policy." Their "reporting" cannot be treated as fact, but rather as conservative-based opinion.
Non-political, unbiased think tanks abound in our country, giving us all plenty of information on which to base our opinions. Among them is the Kaiser Family Foundation that recently found that 51 percent of the public and 67 percent of the uninsured population want more factual information on Obamacare instead of political posturing. Kaiser also found, regardless of the person's position on Obamacare, 56 percent of the public disapprove of cutting funding for the program.
To address just one of Mr. Ewing's contentions on the effect of Obamacare on the economy, I defer to two economists: Karen Davis of the Commonwealth Fund and David Cutter of Harvard. They anticipate that Obamacare will create an estimated one-half trillion dollar cut in health care spending, in part by employers, over the next 10 years. That sounds, to me, like an economic boost.
Mr. Ewing and I can agree, I hope, to disagree. But I urge him to find more even-handed sources upon which to base his views.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:01
To The Daily Sun,
Reading here in the paper that Obama spoke by telephone with the new president or Iran. All I can say is, how gullible can our president be? This is the same head negotiator who strung Britain, France and Germany along for months to give Iran the time it needed to get it's atomic program up and running. To believe that this guy has any intention of changing anything doesn't just stretch credibility, it strangles it. Are these progressives in the White House serious or are they crazy? Obama already has six or eight Muslim Brotherhood members on his staff and least we forget the Muslim Brotherhood were unindicted co-conspirators in the 9-11 attacks. They support Muslim terrorist organizations with money and politically. It has to make me wonder if Obama knows exactly what he is doing and that is to help Iran get nukes with which to attack Israel and the U.S. with?
Change of pace just a little, Leon R. Albushies letter today (Saturday) has it that the U.S. has illegally killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East. He's probably right if he's going by their laws, courts and such but Leon, we are going by U.S. laws. Our Congress gave our president the authority to use force against terrorist organizations that declared war against us and attacked us killing thousands of innocent people. Leon may not like it, doesn't have to buy as long as we live under U.S. law, tough!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:57
To The Daily Sun,
The news stories about Briarcrest are about a powergrab by a very small minority of property owners. Thirty-five to 50 maximum signed up, paid up members of a co-op group formed to take over the community. The other 70 plus percent of the owners have all signed up AGAINST a co-op.
There are always figures on both sides that tell a story but it is not the story of Briarcrest.
I along with most others here have lived here for many years. I am in my 18th year here and I chose this place for many reasons.
First, it is a first-class-looking and well-cared-for community. It is operated by people who know what they are doing and who care about the people who are living here. There are people who fall on hard times and when they do, management has stood up and carried or helped with the load until they were on their feet. Many families need assistance. Ruth Mooney has organized food collections and makes and delivers many baskets, many times a year.
Winter finds it way here and the crews are out at the first crack, plowing, sanding, as long as the storm lasts, all hours of the day and night, and when the storm is over they plow out the driveways. Keeping the roads open and safe are the first priority.
Second, I have peace here. We live in a safe, quiet, and non-interfering environment. We come and go as we please. We take part in social activities if we want. We respect our neighbors and their privacy. We get along because we don't get into other peoples' business or minds.
When this business of a co-op started, things changed. Neighbors were being unfriendly, insulting, and actually harassing a lot of the older residents. That comfortable feeling was gone.
In the beginning statements by the group were untrue and we were put in fear by telling us that our leases would not be good under new private ownership. Attorneys for the owners and buyers came in, assured us of the law. Our leases were good until we no longer owned the property. It was a long time before the co-op people admitted that our leases were good as long as we held the property. So, no radical rent increases as predicted could be made, and other services guaranteed in lease would still be in effect. When questions were asked, no answers were given or you were told you were out of order.
I have sent a letter to the Attorney General's Office with a copy to the Department of Elderly for harassment as I believe the original meeting and vote were illegal.
But the main thing about us is we are living free, independent lives, happy in our choice to live here. When you are in your senior years, peace of mind, independence, and the least amount of upset is all you want. We have that under present management,and they will continue to operate the community when it is sold to private buyer in the same manner at always.
We know you can always find complaints and bad opinions in any situation and you can always have hard core groups that make trouble. If they are giving false information now, harassing people, etc. what would they be like running the community.
This community was picked by the buyers because it was one of the best looking and best run communities they had seen and it is a tribute to the owners who started with nothing and built this 241 home community.
Briarcrest has always stood for quality, independent living, necessary services and rules for keeping it the most attractive modular home community in the state.
Briarcrest Estates Resident
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:53