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By Nancy Lindsay
Oct. 9, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The government ‘shut down’ is creating a lot of uncertainty for Americans.

The Head Start program and the WIC (Women with Infant Children) program have been stopped. Veterans services have been suspended including combat pay for our fighting men and women. Restaurants and retail businesses are devoid of customers in a Kentucky town where the IRS office is empty.

Speaker John Boehner is against government creating uncertainty went it comes to businesses offering health insurance to their workers, but when it comes to ordinary working Americans, the Speaker doesn’t mind creating uncertainty about weekly paychecks or daily meals for poor kids, the elderly, and babies.

The director of WIC said “these families don’t need uncertainty in their lives, they’re already challenged enough.” This shut down has literally taken food out of the mouths of babies.

Representative Eric Cantor said, “since the President gave businesses a waiver for implementation of the Health Care law, then the President should extend that same waiver to all Americans“. His concern for fairness is unimpressive, homes and food for all citizens, is not his concern.

Neil Barofsky Special Inspector for TARP in his book “Bailout an Inside Account of how Washington abandoned Main Street while rescuing Wall Street“, said, “…to hear Rick Santelli, a CNBC anchor, in midrant against the new TARP mortgage modification program. He described it as a plan for “losers” and compared it to Castro’s Cuba. At one point, he turned to the roaring traders on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and asked, “How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills? Raise their hands.” “Finally, in a phrase that would change the landscape of conservative politics in the country, “We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July.” Barofsky says in his book, Treasury, along with this rant “…had just helped give birth to the Tea Party.”

There were millions of dollars in the same TARP funds that bailed out the banks to help millions of Americans modify their mortgage payments. This was the catalyst for the Tea Party, resentment over helping ordinary working Americans stay in their homes. Where was Representative Cantor’s concern for fairness when Americans were doling out trillions to banks, the very same people who created and benefited from the financial collapse while millions of Americans lost their homes?

Edmund Burke said “the last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism.” Increasing unemployment and taking food away from infants; the elderly, and invalids is not patriotism, it’s a cruelty the Tea Party politicians embrace, born out of resentment and adverse to reason, logic or humanness.

It’s no wonder they are willing to shut down government over health insurance and food for those whose lives are already filled with uncertainty.

This is only the beginning, for the tea party politicians,’ cruelty knows no bounds…

The suffering is coming, the suffering is coming… Brought to us by tea party scoundrels, and dumbfounded, ‘blinded by the lights’ Democrats.

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