It’S Time To Say, ‘No More.’

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Editor:

One and one-half billion dollars a day ain’t chump change.

According to the S&P index, the government shutdown delivered a powerful blow to the U.S. economy. By their estimates, in 16 days, $24 billion has been flushed down the drain for a completely unnecessary political stunt.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s good that the government shutdown has ended, and I’m relieved that we didn’t default on our debt. But, it isn’t something to celebrate.

Yes, we prevented an economic catastrophe that would have put a huge hole in our fragile economic recovery. But the reason we were in this mess in the first place is that the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives took the government and the economy hostage for no good purpose and to no productive end.

$24 billion dollars. How many children could have been back in Head Start classes? How many seniors could have had a hot lunch through Meals on Wheels? How many scientists could have gotten their research funded? How many bridges could have been repaired and trains upgraded?

These Republicans are supposed to be the fiscal conservatives. They keep saying, “Leave the sequester in place and cut all those budgets.” They keep trying to cut funding for the things that would help all Americans build a secure future. But they are ready to flush away $24 billion on a political stunt.

So I’m relieved, but I’m also pretty angry.

We have serious problems that need to be fixed, and we have hard choices to make about taxes and spending. But I hope we never see our country flush money away like this again. Not ever.

However, don’t hold your breath. We’re likely to go through this same drill three months from now when this temporary fix is likely to be relived and the crazies will be at it again.

It’s time for the hostage taking to end. It’s time for every one of us to say, “No more.”

Larry Brophy

Comments

H. Wm. Rhea III 11 months ago

Sorry Larry, but we're not in this mess because of Tea Party Republicans! We're in this mess because Democrats and Republicans can't seem to run the gov't on what is taken in - like a normal family and most businesses have to do. The Tea Party, and no, I'm not a member, are not responsible for the mess.

How can you call standing up for principles a "stunt"? The end is near and many people are trying to save our country, but it's beyond help as long as good people are demonized as pulling "stunts" by people like yourself.

Ask yourself, make the case yours! If you had massive credit debt and needed help, what would you do? You would cut the credit cards and start paying off the debt, little by little, WITHOUT incurring more new debt. That is sound, prudent financial advice that any credit counselor would give to you and the Gov't should follow it as well.

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Meria Heller 10 months, 4 weeks ago

People still think there's a difference between our bought and paid for "parties". As for the tea party, the Koch brothers own it. Do some research folks. The only losers here are "we the people"

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don evans 10 months, 3 weeks ago

My son in California and all his fellow employees who have Kaiser Insurance, just got notified that their monthly premiums will double in cost! No improvement in coverage. His wife and three kids thank you Mr. Obama. And so do the 160,000 and climbing, other Kaiser Insurance enrollees who were just CANCELED. Oh, and the 300,000 who were just canceled in Florida. I'm sure all your Union and Corporate buddy's who have received exemption waivers thank you to. And all of Congress loves the 70% subsidy they have on their Govt. Health Insurance Exemption that you also gave them. What a crock..........

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