Bad deal I
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Is anyone aware that neither the government shutdown nor this debt-ceiling crisis had to happen?
The tea-party-controlled House voted several times to fund the government, but each time was told “no” by the Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama administration.
Yes, conservatives initially wanted to defund the Affordable Care Act. Democrats said “no.”
Conservatives acceded and asked to delay the individual mandate for one year. Democrats said “no.”
Conservatives acceded again and asked to require Congress to participate in the ACA. (Heaven forbid the federal government be required to live by its own laws. I suppose such logic is beyond the comprehension of liberals.) Democrats said “no” again.
With all that said: If a government shutdown and failure to increase the debt ceiling is so critical to our nation and the world, why were any of those requests from conservatives so outrageous?
The tea party is demonized for its efforts to get Democrats to compromise — something that should have happened prior to the ACA even being signed into law.
Oh, is anyone even aware the ACA did not garner one single conservative vote in the House or Senate? Tell me again who doesn't compromise?
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