Nation tired of tea party
To the editor:
“There are no winners here.”
Harsh words, and they were uttered by president Barack Obama after signing the agreement Oct. 16 that ended the tea party Republican-instigated federal government shutdown. Sixteen days of layoffs affecting 800,000 federal employees, closed facilities, neglected national security procedures and a financial loss of over $24 billion was finally over, as Texas’ bedtime-story savant Ted Cruz and his like-minded gang of GOP malcontents and crybabies finally gave in to the inevitable.
The Republican Party lost again, just as they did during the two similar shutdowns during Bill Clinton’s presidency back in 1995-96. The court of public opinion has spoken, as after concatenating most polls between 63-80 percent of Americans and a whopping two-thirds of registered Republicans disagreed with the shutdown. And the prevailing, inarguable fact is that most American citizens across all political lines save for the ultra-right-wingers are sick and tired of the continuous hatred and gridlock demonstrated day after day from the conservative tea party faction of the present-day GOP. The sole purpose of this latest subterfuge was their attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act, the landmark Obamacare law that is opposed by nearly every GOP lawmaker in America.
But the ACA is simply the latest in a long line of necessary and successful ameliorations effected by the Democrats over the past five years that together have pulled us out of the rudderless morass we were ensconced in back in 2008. An amazing amount of positive legislation was unsuccessfully filibustered and denigrated ad nauseum over that period by Washington Republicans before Democratic passage, legislation that has placed America in the vastly-improved state that short-memoried citizens are taking for granted now. These include 2009’s Economic Stimulus Act, the GM/Chrysler bailouts, 2010s Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (which serves as a regulatory watchdog to prevent last decade’s housing, business and jobs failures from recurring), the wide expansion of hate crime protections, as well as the ACA.