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October 8, 2013

EDITORIALS: Two views of the government shutdown; Chicago Fire anniversary

Bitter rhetoric makes compromise difficult

(The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.)

Who would sit down at a negotiating table with people who have publicly lambasted them as terrorists, hostage takers and  anarchists? No one in their right minds, that’s who.

So Republicans in Congress would do well to hang tough on the government shutdown until Senate Democrats and the Obama administration conclude their temper tantrums or pass out from hyperventilation.

Democrats - champions of “civility” and “compromise” - have heaped derision on Republicans since the GOP-led House passed a measure Monday that linked funding for government operations with cutting funding for and delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act for ordinary citizens.

This is nothing more than the same deal President Obama has handed out to businesses, unions and other favored groups. But Senate Democrats rejected the Republican measure, forcing a shutdown of nonessential government operations. Obama had promised to veto the measure even if the Senate had accepted the deal.

Democrats, with a supportive media, then cast Republicans as villains. And the Obama administration was careful to maximize the pain on the general public from the shutdown, trying to lock veterans out of war memorials, closing national parks and highlighting the children who would be denied cancer treatment at government hospitals.

The reality is that many Americans believe Obamacare is a job-destroying mess that is dragging down the economy, and that runaway government spending spells the nation’s ruin. If Democrats put any stock in their high-minded principles, they would stop savaging Republicans and work with their GOP colleagues who represent the views of a great many Americans.

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Republicans should release their budget hostage

(The Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.)

The Affordable Care Act passed into law. It withstood challenges in court. And its implementation began four years ago. So what are House Republicans doing by stalling the budgeting process, shutting down federal government services and demanding that President Obama modify the ACA? The answer: Undertaking an exercise in futility, wasting time and diverting the attention of the American people.

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