To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I write in admiration of the tea party accomplishments of the past three years. A minority of misguided true believers, funded by the Koch brothers, have captured the whole of the Republican Party.
I still feel somewhat guilty for not supporting the recent 99 percenter rallies or at least much of what they were advocating. I recall a night three years ago when I was in Boston meeting a friend from Texas I hadn’t seen in many years and our reactions to a percenter march. He was disgusted and I said, to his surprise "I should be marching with them."
Mr. Obama became president with an economy in freefall and did a good job as a supposedly too inexperienced leader. He worked with the rational wing of the Republican party, lowered the deficit and began working on what became the Affordable Care Act, partly to lower health care costs -- thus the name "Affordable."
After eight years of giving themselves and President Bush blank checks on trillions of dollars in spending without new revenue, Republicans became budget-cutting zealots. Rather then working to improve the ACA, they demagogue, calling it "government run." If that’s true why not put everyone on Medicare? Americans wouldn’t have to worry about losing jobs over the cost of employer-paid coverage or pre-existing conditions. Employers would be removed from the need to keep staff at part-time to avoid offering health care.
We now have a speaker of the house too afraid of this small band of believers to bring a clean Resolution spending bill before the House after declaring that he would not allow the country to default and this was not about "Obamacare." Imagine the majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans collectively declaring, "We’re not going to take it anymore."
SCOTT P. HASKELL