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October 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

House Republicans embrace economic chaos

Give Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives credit for an extraordinary achievement. They have united Americans across party lines in full and complete contempt for the GOP and its economic suicide mission.

House Speaker John Boehner (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner
(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Shutting down government, and restarting government, wastes billions of dollars, but these so-called fiscal conservatives could not care less. They are playing to a miniscule audience in their cloistered, gerrymandered districts, so they play mindless parliamentary games without any thought of the consequences.

Futile attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, have not and will not go anywhere. Indeed, Obamacare will be sustained by millions of Americans grateful for the opportunity to have access to a doctor.

Opponents of Obamacare simply lie. They do not seek to inform or educate the public. They lie, as story after story has revealed. Angie Drobnic Holan of  The Tampa Bay Times lays out the findings of PolitiFact, which delved into 16 myths about Obamacare.

What happened to the Republican Party? How could the party ostensibly grounded in economic responsibility willfully point the country toward defaulting on the federal debt?

As Zachary A. Goldfarb reports in The Washington Post, economists fear these reckless acts have dire consequences for financial markets, unemployment rates and the global credibility of U.S. finances. The blame falls squarely on the stooped shoulders of the GOP and its eager minions.

House Republicans accept their pay, health benefits and pension credits without doing any of the work they were elected to do on behalf of voters: review budgets, cut spending and hold all the beneficiaries of government services equally accountable for paying the expense. Yes, spread the tax burden, and ensure everyone pays their share. Do the work.

The United States was shoved to the edge of an abyss by GOP zealots out of touch with the best interests of America. They are selfish, self-absorbed politicians who are only worried about themselves. Feel free to argue that last sentence is redundant.

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