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posted: 9/26/2013 4:40 AM

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The right-wingers in the U.S. House just voted to cut $40 billion from SNAP that helps feed people making less than $14,500 annually. In other words, the Republicans voted to reduce aid to 47 million Americans in poverty who need help.

The Tea Party GOP refuses to help millions of single mothers, children, retirees and veterans while, at the same time, blocks a jobs bill, a farm bill, an infrastructure bill, an energy bill or immigration reform.

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The Tea Party GOP votes 42 times to defund Obamacare, and, under Speaker Boehner's leadership, refuses to consider voting on critical legislative matters that have already passed the Senate. Of course Speaker Boehner realizes that the Democrats will help pass critical legislation if it came to the House floor for a vote. But the Tea Party GOP would rather jeopardize the economic recovery than allow President Obama a legislative victory. They simply don't care about the middle-class or the poor still suffering from the Great Recession.

Not satisfied with crippling the recovery by constant obstructionism, the House Tea Party fanatics now will attempt to defund Obamacare by attaching it to the Continuing Resolution which allows the federal government to continue to function. Without the CR there is no budget, the government runs out of money and shuts down.

Boehner and the Tea Party apparently are willing to shut the government down in a doomed efforts to kill Obamacare. The GOP offer no alternative other than to return to a dysfunctional system where insurance companies garner huge profits by refusing coverage, canceling coverage and continuing to raise premiums while 30 million people go the ERs because they are without insurance. The Tea Party GOP is willing to crash the economy in order to launch another desperate attempt to cancel Obamacare.

Tom Minnerick

Elgin

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