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My letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner October 1, 20013   Leave a comment

Dear Speaker Boehner,

I am writing to express my extreme displeasure about the current shutdown of the government of the United States Of America.  It is clearly obvious that this did not have to happen.  You could have easily put through a clean CR and kept our government open.  You have chosen to represent a minority of Americans against the wishes and needs of the majority of Americans.  You have failed to do your job, in every sense of the word.

Most Americans want to be able to purchase affordable health care, and now that a Republican based system to achieve that has been enacted into law, you have chosen to abandon your principles.  You have chosen to leave a system in place where every company in the United States saw annual rises in health care costs of between 10 and 20 percent, putting them on track to be able to not afford to cover their workers.  You have chosen to leave a system that make it difficult or impossible for an honest working American to be able to purchase health care on his or her own.  Now that a Republican based plan to change that has been enacted, you are fighting it for reasons that baffle the mind of competent thinkers.

What have you gained by shutting down our government?  The Affordable Care Act is in place and American citizens will be able to purchase health care.  They are now obligated to do so, which raises the insured pool and spreads the risks.  You lost this fight a long time ago, because Americans want to be able to afford health care and live healthy lives.

Your speeches make me think you are doing this as a matter of principle, but what principle wants to actively deny Americans from being healthy?  We spend billions of dollars each year to kill lots of people all around the world.  How could we not spend billions to make sure our own people are healthy?  Jesus advocated healing the poor, and you have chosen to make it difficult for the poor to be able to see a doctor.  At some point, you really have to ask yourself who you really serve.

You have been one of the weakest and most ineffective leaders of the House Of Representatives in my lifetime.  By actively choosing to shut down the government for no reason, you will be forever compared historically to Newt Gingrich.  If that was your goal, you have achieved it.

Please send a clean CR to the Senate and get our country open again.  After that, the only honorable thing to do is to resign your position as Speaker Of The House, and resign from Congress.  If most Americans did their job like you have, they would be fired immediately.  Considering the economy you have created, I understand your reluctance to do so, but it’s your only honorable way out at this time.  You have actively chosen to work against the majority of the citizens of the United States of America.  In the cold light of day, resignation is your only honorable more.



Quote of the Day   Leave a comment

John Fugelsang:

When Hugo Chavez assumed the presidency of Venezuela, many progressives around the world were filled with hope. Maybe this guy could do something to help Latin American poverty. But the more the world’s progressives got to know him, the more his megalomaniacal nutty side kinda turned people off. Chavez disappointed a lot of his early fans, and they abandoned ship. I’m pretty sure even Noam Chomsky unfriended him on Facebook.

When you choose to be a fan of anybody, at some point they’re going to disappoint you. And it’s always different — John Edwards lost all his fans because he cheated on and abandoned a cancer-stricken wife. Newt Gingrich did pretty much the same thing — he gets to speak at CPAC.

This week a new expose accuses Mother Teresa of Calcutta of actually neglecting the sick who came to her for help, neglecting the nuns in her order and being very shady with the vast sums of money given her. Personally, I think she spent it all on wardrobe.

Now, Mother Teresa managed to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but she was far from perfect, and her sins have been well documented by the late Christopher Hitchens, once my hero, who deeply disappointed me when he supported the Iraq War.

This week we also learned some unfortunate realities about another Nobel Peace Prize winner, former Polish leader Lech Walesa. Turns out this progressive hero is also a massive homophobe. An insanely homophobic homophobe, which is ironic, considering Lech’s mustache just set off NORAD’s gaydar.

Now, does this negate Lech’s heroism of the 1980s? Or does it just prove that heroes are flawed characters too?

Lance Armstrong raised a lot of money for cancer research, but he did it by being the Milli Vanilli of competitive cycling. Dostoyevsky, Ezra Pound, Martin Luther — they all helped change the world and were incredible anti-Semites. Or as Mel Gibson calls them, “Bravehearts.”

Nobody is ever going to pass anyone’s purity test. Liberals support President Obama and they grapple with this every day. They want him to be pure, but they stick with the president because of the bigger picture.

Which brings us to Chris Christie and this month’s CPAC convention.

The tea party’s lost a ton of elections for the GOP and they’re calling the shots at CPAC and they’ve got a very narrow purity test. They’ve invited Allen West, Sarah Palin, Speaker Gingrich and paragon of virtue Donald Trump. But Gov. Christie? Not invited.

Christie is probably the most likable and electable Republican in America. Never mind he wants to ban abortion and gay marriage and killed a tunnel to Manhattan that could’ve helped working people in his state. Not good enough for the tea party — because he committed the sin of working with Obama.

Now, I give the Obama-Christie alliance a 10. And not just because they resemble that number when standing side by side.

It’s one thing for liberals to give up on Hugo Chavez when he clearly let them down. Conservatives are doing the same thing, but in the wrong direction. They’re giving up on Chris Christie — who hasn’t let them down — when they should be giving up on the tea party.