Friday letters: Good to see GOP with backbone

October 4, 2013 

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I wrote this letter as I sat watching President Obama lie to the American people — again. Blaming the Republicans for the government shutdown is a bit like telling yourself you’re not getting older every day; you might convince yourself for a while, but everyone else knows the truth.

We are finally seeing a Republican Party with some backbone and more united than usual. It has always struck me that the Democrats, no matter public opinion or other factors, have always shown a united front. They win battles because they manage to divide conservatives, but on Obamacare they have not been able to do this, and public opinion is swinging rather dramatically to the right. This is downright exciting to see.

Perhaps after Obamacare has shown itself to be a financial, medical and job-killing disaster, we will see a movement by the left away from supporting it. My guess is that the Democratic senators running for re-election in red states in 2014 will run from it, not to it.

As for the government shutdown, it’s not exactly a historic moment. If it were the first in 200 years it would be a big deal, but it’s only the first in 17 years. The difference today is that there’s a whole lot more government to shut down than before. And truth be known, only non-essential services are interrupted. We still get our mail and Social Security checks; even food stamps continue. You do understand that non-essential means unnecessary, don’t you? Maybe if it shuts down long enough, we’ll break even this year.

Hubert Smoak


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