Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a lap dog for radicals - and more letters to the editors

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a lap dog for radicals - and more letters to the editors

October 7th, 2013 in Opinion Letters

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a lap dog for radicals

Disingenuous does not even begin to describe Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's "who, me?" statement about the government shutdown. He claims to have done "personally everything I could do to avoid" the shutdown. How? "I voted several times to do that," and anyway, it's the fault of the Senate and White House for having "refused to sit down and talk about this."

Fleischmann's reference "several" is laughable. It refers to the 40-odd votes he and other Republicans cast in their doomed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to which they are monomaniacally opposed - and which led to the shutdown. He was among 80 GOP congressmen signing a by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N. C.) that in effect urged Speaker John Boehner to trigger a shutdown rather than fund the ACA.

Their desire to shut down the government for ideological reasons has now become reality, and it's unclear how much economic damage the nation will suffer. Republicans used to claim they wanted to "repeal Obamacare" and "replace" it with something better. That's been abandoned as the fraud it was since the GOP doesn't have a health care plan and apparently no intention to devise one.

If Fleischmann ever decided to exhibit the type of leadership needed to solve problems rather than destroy someone's approach, he would be more worthy of the office he holds. As it stands, he cannot obscure his status as a lap dog for the Republican party's radical wing.


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