- Your Town
GOP at fault for shut-down
To the editor,
The current governmental shut-down is not, as some news outlets would lead us to believe, the fault of both Republicans and Democrats.
It is solely the fault of Republican Party extremists, among them our representative Steve Daines.
The origin of the shut-down is a FreedomWorks campaign launched just after the re-election of President Obama in 2012. FreedomWorks is one of several far-right groups funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.
On their website, FreedomWorks has the following statement: “Harry Reid and his Democrats will have no incentive to compromise unless they know the Republicans are willing to take a hard stance -- even allowing the government to be shut down, if necessary.”
On August 21st, freshman Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina wrote a letter urging the leadership to work toward FreedomWorks’ goal of a government shut-down. Daines and 78 other extremist House members eagerly signed on to the letter.
The letter reads, in part, “We should continue our efforts to repeal Obamacare in its entirety this year, next year, and until we are successful. We urge you [Boehner and Canter] to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriation bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress including any continuing appropriations bill.”
House Republicans followed the advice of the letter signers. So now, lacking a “continuing appropriation bill” to fund our federal government, it has had to shut down.
Meadows, who claimed repeatedly in his 2012 campaign that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, is a more flamboyant right-winger than Daines is. But the two have virtually identical voting records. We have to wonder if Daines agrees with his racist friend about Obama’s supposed place of birth.
If you’ve been furloughed, if you’re having to do without critical government-funded services, or if your business has lost money because of the shut-down, remember who brought it to you. It wasn’t the Democrats. It wasn’t Barack Obama. It was FreedomWorks-inspired, Obama-hating Republican representatives like Mark Meadows and Steve Daines.