GOP desperate An Oct. 12 letter to the editor declared, “The Republican-controlled House voted the money required to keep all government activities going. The Senate chose not to authorize spending money because it did not include Obamacare.” The fact is the Republican House voted on a continuing resolution, which is for discretionary spending. This includes 30 percent of the U.S. budget but not Obamacare, which is part of mandatory spending. Obamacare is up and running, you may have noticed. The problem is they attached a policy rider to defund Obamacare, which couldn’t pass the Senate and even if it had, the president would have vetoed it. That is why Senate Major Leader Harry Reid refused to bring it to the floor and asked for a clean C.R.
It is obvious the Republicans are desperate to defund Obamacare because they know that if it becomes popular they will have a hard time defending what they said about it in their demonizing campaign. I give the GOP credit for convincing a large part of the population that Obamacare is bad for them, even though the people don’t yet know what it is. Mel Nichols New Port Richey Careful, Marty Marty Moore wrote in his Oct. 12 column that the numbers indicate more people like abortion, legal drugs, banning the First Amendment, legalizing illegal immigrants and stronger gun control. Are these the same people who have 70 percent of the children born out of wedlock, the ones who bully each other into committing suicide, or the ones who don’t know Montana is a state and not a province of Canada? Marty is trying to say the conservative views are out of date and taxing the rich more is what the majority want. Is this the majority that still lives at home with their parents because video games, smoking pot, pants on the ground, texting and Facebook are a priority? I can see why they want to start taxing the rich more so they can continue that lifestyle. Be careful what you wish for, Marty, you might just get it. Robert Jonatzke Holiday