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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Costly Government Shut Down and the Tea Party's Tyrant Influence

Tyrants are people who exercise power oppressively, like the Tea Party.

Clearly, Tea Party right wing Republican extremists are tyrants. They're imploring oppressive and undemocratic pressure on the government to leverage a federal shut down for the purpose of oppressively forcing repeal of the health care reform law, known as Obamacare, just because they happen not to like it. 

It's completely unclear to me how Republicans get away with this tyrannical behavior, when we live in a democracy where Obamacare was voted into law by a majority of the people's Congress. Subsequently, the law was also upheld by the US Supreme Court as a Constitutional law.

Even more repressive, the Tea Party zealots are costing tax payers lots of money by using obstructionist tactics to get their tyrannical way. Here's why:

1.  Obamacare is currently being operationalized by hundreds of health care organizations and insurers who are preparing to implement the law on October 1, 2013, and provide January 1, 2014 insurance coverage. Any delay or unfunding of this momentum will cost tax payers and insurance beneficiaries money in opportunities cost, because the implementation cannot pay in 2015 (the proposed delay) with 2013 money.  In other words, unfunding will require preparation to cease, a cost in and of itself, and re-implementing will be more costly in 2015, after the price is adjusted for inflation.

2.  Much of the Obamacare law is already implemented.  Do Tea Party zealots mean to roll back that which is already in place?  If so, this is plain crazy because how does one take a 23 year old off of a parental insurance policy if they don't have other coverage? Does the Tea Party really mean to remove children with chronic health care needs off of their parents health care plans?  Really?

3.  Obamacare is law. Therefore, the President of the United States must do whatever is necessary to implement and uphold the law. There's at least one precedent for a President's to uphold the law in the face of obstructionism. Do Tea Party zealots remember when President Dwight Eisenhower used federal troops to escort Negro children into racially desegregated schools, after the US Supreme Court upheld the landmark Brown versus the Board of Education ruling?  Upholding Obamacare may require President Barack Obama to prevent the shut down of government against obstructionism by Tea Party zealots, because their tyrannical tactics are focused on destroying our national economy for the purpose of bringing down a federal law. Obviously, I'm not a Constitutional lawyer like President Obama, but it seems to me the intent of closing down the government is to obstruct implementation of a federal law, which requires executive intervention.  In other words, President Obama must keep the government open and implement Obamacare, overriding the minority influence of the tyrannical Tea Party. In my opinion, people will welcome this high level of intervention if it means our nation will pay bills already incurred and allows Obamacare to move forward as required. All the above is costly in time and enforcement, while tax payers pay the bill

Tea Party zealots screech like cats mating when they see the government spending money to help people with important programs like Food Stamps, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans and Unemployment benefits. Nevertheless, they have no morals, whatsoever, when wasting money to break the health care reform law. 

It seems like hypocrisy and tyrannical behavior go hand in hand.

Tyrants have always been an ugly part of the human condition, but at some point, ethical and legal leadership must restrain their undue influence. It's time President Obama takes action on behalf of the law. As as Commander in Chief, he must exert Executive leadership to keep our government from shutting down. In doing what's right, and anti-tyrannical, President Obama will prevent the harm and cost caused by closing down government and protect the implementation of the Obamacare law.

A value added to doing what's right and Constitutionally justified is the elimination of the undue influence of the tyrannical Tea Party. This will save the government the money wasted by Tea Party obstructionists, who are obsessed with undermining our democracy for the sake of forcing their unlawfully zealous agenda.

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