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Everyone lost in gov’t shutdown, including Obama


Now that we’re in the era of Big Brother, let’s look at some of the new “realities.” Unqualified bureaucrats throw over $634 million in taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars into a contract with a Canadian company for software that doesn’t work. (Whatever happened to jobs for the home front?) Then there are “navigators” hired to steer people through the Straits of Obamacare, while our Navigator in Chief has been sailing on the wrong side of the buoys for five years. Even a neophyte mariner knows that it is red, right, return. But because his compass is maladjusted, he has been steering the ship of state further and further to the left, dangerously close to the rocks.

We have learned that “negotiate” in Obama-speak means “Do It My Way,” and the words “radicals, terrorists and bomb throwers,” among other vitriol our “Dear Leader” has spewed into the microphones, no longer apply to the likes of Bill Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground, who bombed the Pentagon and the Capitol back in the ’60s. Of course not; after all, Ayers is a supporter. The name calling is now reserved for those who have the intestinal fortitude to sound five blasts, the danger signal to change course.

As to the winners and losers in the wake of that government shutdown, all of us lost — including the president. His overheated rhetoric was more demeaning to the presidency than to the people he was railing against.

The administration’s intent to glean political gains from the situation by making it as painful as possible was the most shameful and reprehensible in the callous treatment of fallen soldiers’ families and of the World War II veterans. The blame game and the excuses will go on as usual, but in the end, the buck stops with the Commander in Chief.

When a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat like Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary during Obama’s first term, calls the rollout of Obamacare an embarrassment and should be shut down until it is fixed, you realize that if the original House bill that called for a year’s extension for the public sector had not been summarily dismissed by both Senator Reid and President Obama, the whole shutdown mess would have been avoided. To be expected, that action provoked a reaction, a bill that would fund everything but Obamacare.

In the high stakes game of political brinkmanship, that was akin to tilting at windmills. Neither side wears any halos in this debacle. Perhaps the only good to come out of it is that the coverage generated has made a lot more of the public aware of the serious shortcomings of an unaffordable Affordable Care Act.

Claire Glas

North Stonington



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