Letter: Shutdown caused by Tea Party temper tantrum
I am a registered Republican. However, I am sadly disappointed with the current Republican Party. The Republicans had a proud tradition of conservative politics (with a sense of moderation versus radical conservatism) but has now allowed itself to be “hijacked” by the “far right” and the extremist Tea Party. Ironically, these extremists are a tiny minority.
The recent “temper tantrum” initiated by the Tea Party and the far right has cost the U.S. economy approximately $24 billion, which incidentally adds to the debt deficit.
What did this tantrum accomplish: A government shutdown; Negative effect on the U.S. economy which is still trying to right itself; Negative effect on government employees who were furloughed; Jeopardized the U.S. credit rating; Negatively affected the market; Added to the negative feeling of voters toward the Republican-controlled Congress
It is time for voters to send a loud and clear message to the Republican leadership. We are not going to take this anymore.
The only way to send this message is in the voting booth. To make this message resonate, we should vote out every incumbent Republican candidate. The vote is our only weapon against the self-destructive activity of the current Republican leadership.
Unless we make our voices clear now, we will be going through this same dysfunction in a few months. Only next time, the results could be catastrophic.
No more temper tantrums. No more Congressional dysfunction. Let’s make this very clear in the upcoming elections. Vote current Republican incumbents out.