The letter shown below was recently published in two local area newspapers. The letter was in response to letters in both newspapers submitted by Ann Ruhnka.
Here is a link to Ann Ruhnka’s letter which appeared in one area newspaper:
Link to Ruhnka’s letter In Mountain View Telegraph
Blame Democrats on Shutdown
Well Ann Ruhnka finally got one thing right, that the government shutdown was grossly irresponsible. However, the fault lies solely at the feet of the Democrats and Obama, who refused to negotiate, who are so fiscally irresponsible (outrageously unresponsible) who put their ill conceived policies before the country and the American people (her words), that they refused to even consider a number of proposals that would have kept the government running. You see, these words blaming the Republicans must clearly be redirected to the Democrats instead.
Fiscally irresponsible defines the party who supports the Affordable (ha!) Health Care Act that was conceived at a lower amount, and then increased to a mere trillion dollars. The true cost is now $3 trillion (with a T) according to the OMB. The House of Representatives is responsible for appropriation of funding for government programs. The House Republicans simply did their job, as they did not believe that such an irresponsible program should be funded. The Heritage Foundation states it is beyond dispute that Congress can use its power of the purse to defund Obamacare—both its mandatory and discretionary spending—in appropriations legislation this fall.
The truth is Obama plans to raise everybody’s taxes in order to pay for Obamacare. He needs to tell the truth and start accounting for what he is paying out this money for…where is it going, who is getting it (e.g. Michelle’s classmate was awarded the no-bid CGI contract that developed the failed website for Obamacare). The stories of major increases in premiums and deductibles, reductions of full to part time jobs, the lost coverage with terminations of plans in the millions, and at least 18 new taxes, are just the tip of the iceberg for this repulsive plan. Not only will it represent a take over of one-sixth of the economy by an incompetent, wasteful government who can’t even get the start-up right, it will be enforced by a corrupt internal revenue service. Who in their right mind would support such a program? Thank God the few Republicans in the House stood their ground…for now.
How many of us were really harmed, or even noticed the shutdown? (There could be a few legitimate cases of harm in New Mexico which has more government workers than most.) The furloughed workers are promised to receive all of their back pay. The real harm in the shut down was caused by barricading the WW II memorial, “revealing the mentality of a tin-pot dictator” according to columnist George Will. He further states, “The same punish-the-people attitude led to shutdowns of other parks and historic sites that get no federal funding. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting,” a Park Service ranger told The Washington Times. I’ve been saying for a while that there is no bottom to Obama. He’s not just ruthless. He’s without scruples and honor.”
With regard to the new Obamacare act being considered law, it is disgraceful that it was passed in the dark of night, having not even been read, by law-makers who were coerced into submission. The scandal continued with the Supreme Court re-writing the law and making it a tax, instead of performing their job of interpreting the law and applying Constitutional principles. According to the Heritage Foundation, while the Supreme Court has ruled on the individual mandate provision of Obamacare, dozens of lawsuits remain pending on various other aspects of the law. How can we accept it as law when it keeps changing without Congressional approval, with Obama’s exemptions to favored cronies and labor unions, the revisions in certain implementation provisions, and the audacity to say this law of the land does not apply to Congress and their employees? These changes were not part of the original law. Obama does not have the authority to just change the law at his whim.
Lastly, closing of the government and refusing to increase the debt limit will not cause default any more than not increasing your credit limit means you can’t pay your monthly credit card bill. (Increasing the debt limit will, however, foolishly allow the increase in debt.) The money coming into the government at any time will be enough to cover our debts. This is another dishonest sham being propagated by Obama and the Democrats, another lie to create another crisis with the next budget and debt-limit deadline. Just to be clear, next November voters must remember that Obama’s shutdown and reckless-spending partners in Congress were all Democrats.
Susan Hill is an Edgewood resident and a member of the Sandia Tea Party