Blame Republicans 100 percent

October 1, 2013 

As of Tuesday and continuing until further notice, the United States government has been shut down for the first time since 1995-1996.

Guess who's to blame for the shutdown? It's the GOP and the Tea Party 100 percent.

They are absolutely harming America by playing games with our economy and pandering to hard-right Tea Party members rather than find a solution to help the American people out, such as their insistence on defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

This political stunt by House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Ted Cruz and their right-wing cronies may end up handing the keys to the House of Representatives over to the Democrats in the 2014 elections. This event also serves as a reminder to vote out all Republicans next year.

Justin Gibson

Granite City

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