Letter to the editor | Not patriotism

October 15, 2013 

Rep. Glenn Thompson and the tea party, many of whom ironically refer to themselves as patriots, have successfully undermined and weakened the nation by their actions. They are accomplishing al-Qaida’s goals for them.

The government shutdown is imposing painful costs on Americans who must pay their mortgage or rent, put food on the table, and buy medicine, because the Republican caucus has raised blackmail to a new level. They have successfully crippled the operations of the federal government, impacting most Americans.

The shutdown is bad, but the prospect of continued Republican intransigence regarding the debt ceiling is truly frightening. If Republicans reject the proposed increase in the national debt, causing the United States to default on its financial obligations on spending they already approved, the costs will be harsh.

The chaos in financial markets and downward, worldwide economic spiral that will emerge will send us into a deep recession and downgrade our credit rating, greatly adding to our deficit in higher interest payments on our debt.

Already, the shutdown is costing millions of dollars per day. Thompson and his caucus are on the verge of accomplishing something that al-Qaida can only dream about: bringing our government to its knees, inflicting pain and fear on the American people, and in the process imposing high costs that will be irreversible, widespread and long-lasting.

Let’s be clear. This is not a patriotic act. Thompson, Speaker John Boehner and the tea party are doing more harm than even al-Qaida can do.

Kelli Hoover

Pennsylvania Furnace

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