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Tue Oct 1, 2013, 04:20 PM

"There's Nothing "Partisan" About Trashing the Selfish Extremists Who Just Shut Down Our Government"

From By Henry Blodget originally in Business Insider, reprinted in Slate.

Some excerpts:

"This shutdown, importantly, is not just symbolic. It is forcing hundreds of thousands of Americans to stop working, inconveniencing millions of Americans who depend on government services, hurting the already fragile economic recovery, and disgracing the country in the eyes of the world."

"It is not "partisan" to point out how outrageous and anti-American this behavior is. If a group of extremist Democrats shut down the government over one of their pet issues—gun control, for example, or a non-poverty minimum wage, or universal health care—the country would be justifiably outraged. And what the "Tea Party" Republicans are doing is no different."

"To be clear: The "Tea Party" Republicans are no longer even creating a pretense that their anti-American behavior is about debt or government spending—the issues they staked their last hijacking campaign on. Now, the "Tea Party" hijacking is based solely on their dislike of one law that many other Americans think doesn't go far enough."

Whole article here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/10/01/government_shutdown_tea_party_republicans_are_to_blame.html

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