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Shutdown news For Architects

Postby WalkerARCHITECTS » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:01 pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the bedrock of traditional Republicanism, now says that it will get involved in Republican primaries by providing financial support to incumbent Republicans who vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. In other words, if some Republicans act responsibly and then have to face tea party challengers accusing them of being RINOs, the Chamber will have the back of those reasonable Republicans. It's a civil war within the GOP, folks.

That's how far off the deep end the tea party and right-wing House Republicans have gone. They've lost the Chamber of Commerce. Heads must be exploding in the Bush family compound. A bit more than a dozen House Republicans have already come out in favor of voting for a "clean continuing resolution (CR)" to reopen the government at current funding levels (remember, that means the sequester stays in place, already a Republican victory).

And make no mistake, this whole crisis over the government shutdown and, more importantly, the looming debt ceiling deadline, is 100 percent the fault of Republican extremists. Here's my simple metaphor for those who either don't get it or want to pretend that it's the fault of both sides, or gridlock, or whatever:

Charles and David Koch, the oil industry tycoons, have thrown their financial weight behind the right-wing Tea Party extremists who forced the government to close. In Senate speeches, Bernie tied the shutdown to the Kochs and other billionaires bankrolling the attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times echoed Bernie's point in a Sunday exposé on how the Koch brothers "have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort." But defunding the health care law is just the beginning. They also support a right-wing extremist agenda to undo virtually every major piece of legislation passed in the last 80 years to protect the middle class, the elderly, the sick, and the poor. On the seventh day of the shutdown, Bernie assessed the situation in an interview on MSNBC.

One thing that's gone almost unnoticed is how much Democrats already have conceded to Republicans on spending. Bernie said Democrats, in agreeing to a $986 billion sequestration budget, accepted significantly lower levels of spending in a so-far futile attempt to win the support of Republicans.

The Affordable Care Act that Republicans want to stop so badly that they shut down the government is a step forward. It will provide health insurance for millions of Americans and make other improvements. But Bernie has a better idea. A Medicare-for-all system would provide better health care at lower costs for more Americans. Writing for The Guardian, Sanders made the case for a single-payer health care system. He also has proposed a dramatic expansion of dental care.
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