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Letter: Economy is being held hostage

A couple dozen extremist Republicans are holding our economy hostage. Why? Because they, after 3+ years are still in a snit over a law passed by the House, the Senate, the President and decreed Constitutional by the conservative Supreme Court. For some reason they think they should be able to subvert the legislative process and Constitution in order to stop properly passed legislation. They are refusing to pass a budget unless “Obamacare” is defunded and that isn’t how legislating/governing is done. They are holding the full faith and credit of the U.S. hostage over their tantrum. Federal workers being affected can’t make payments. We know they hate government, but also want to force their minority opinion on America despite elections. That’s not how democracy works.

If they’re allowed to get away with this, what will the next hostage be? Will it be Social Security (which they have wanted to end since FDR signed it into law), Medicare (which they have wanted to end since LBJ signed it into law), Veterans Benefits (an entitlement that they’d love to privatize), women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights Act, or some other vital piece of legislation? Where does it end if the President and Senate give into the demands of this group?

Speaker Boehner isn’t being a leader in this. He’s sacrificing leadership on the altar of ambition. He’s being a coward, giving into the bullies’ demands that he “go-along to get-along.” It’s sad a leader is so weak he’s unable to control this minority faction of his party and is willing to put the country back into recession because he hasn’t the backbone to stand up and do a straight up or down vote on a clean budget bill.

Unfortunately, the Tea Party’s “my way or the highway” approach to governing is doing damage to our country. Think about what happens when one negotiates with terrorists that have hostages, they win and the hostage taking behavior is reinforced, so they do it again. That’s why the government doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. And right now, the House Tea Party Caucus are acting like terrorists. What is their end game? If they continue down this path, we’ll end up in Great Depression 2.0.

Sanda Oslin

Sturgeon Lake