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Letter: Show some leadership, Mr. Speaker

If it weren't so scary, I'd be laughing my head off. For the last eight months, I have refrained from watching any political news or responding to any political letters in this paper. I started watching the news again when I heard there might be a government shutdown and wanted to know why. And guess what? Same old, same old. It's like I never missed a single day of political news. The Republicans are still playing their despicable hostage-taking games at the expense of the American people.

So, what it boils down to is that the Republicans are hell-bent on denying 45 million Americans health insurance by passing a bill to not fund the ACA (Obamacare) and, because the president won't back down on this law of the land, Republicans voted to shut down the government. Again, they didn't get their way, so again, they take it out on the American people and on our economy.

John Boehner is nothing but a wimp and a coward being dragged by the nose by the tea party. Afraid of losing his job as Speaker of the House, he allows the tea party to rule his House. Just two years ago, Boehner said that "shutting down the government is irresponsible." Really? Then why allow the tea party to brainwash you, Mr. Speaker? Why don't you lead your party? That's supposed to be your job.

Face it, it's not that Republicans are against the ACA or anything else this president has done. They simply do not want Obama to have any well-regarded legacy.

Lori Gabriel-Dane



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