Shutdown aftermath

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Throughout the fiscal fight in Washington, there was a lot of talk about the “extreme” views of the Tea Party.

I submit to you that most people who made those comments have no idea what the Tea Party stands for, which is free markets, limited government and fiscal responsibility.

Although I’m not an official member of the Tea Party, I believe in the principles that it stands for.

Our founding fathers understood that property rights, free markets, limited government and fiscal responsibility were constitutive elements of what it means to be free and were the foundation of our democracy.

So, in effect, they were Tea Partiers, too.

Is the Tea Party extreme? Only if spending within our means is an extreme concept.

But in Washington, anything against the status quo is considered extreme, so it shouldn’t surprise us that the Tea Party is labeled “extreme.”

We had better have real reductions in government spending and a balanced budget in the near future, or our children and grandchildren will not experience the American life that most of us have enjoyed.

And the 2014 midterm elections can’t come fast enough so we can elect people in both legislative branches who hold fast to these democratic principles!

— Cindy Stumph, Azle

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said: “We fought the good fight.”

It was not a good fight.

It was vicious, seditious, needless and purposely divisive, an ugly, bombastic cavalcade of arrogance and angst, promulgated by people who have free health insurance to keep other people from not getting health insurance via the Affordable Care Act (an imperfect law, to be sure).

It cost hundreds of thousands of Americans and American businesses hundreds of millions of dollars — billions of dollars — in varied and wondrous ways.

See the running tally, and the breathtaking depth of misery inflicted, at shutdowncost.com.

Political observers say it also cost the Republican Party.

If true, then a win’s a win, though it comes at a high price, barren consolation against the day, never far off, when again the extortionists rise, threatening and petulant and shrill, to attack whatever it is this time they cannot abide.

— John Dycus, Arlington

President Obama left Americans to die at Benghazi.

That was treason.

The Republican-In-Name-Only (RINO) senators did the same thing to Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee during the government shutdown.

Until we replace the John McCains, Mitch McConnells, John Cornyns, Bob Corkers, et al., with the Cruzes, Lees and Rand Pauls, this country will continue to decline and the debt will continue to grow.

Neville Chamberlain, in 1939, told the British Parliament, “We have to accept the Nazis.” One person stood and said, “No, we do not.”

One person with courage can change the world.

— Mike Leinen, Grapevine

The Democrats won; the people lost.

Our taxes will soon go up, up and away. Our paychecks will become nonexistent. Maybe not for me, but definitely for my grandchildren.

— Dorothy M. Winters, Kennedale

Did it have to take a government shutdown for Americans to take an interest in doing their civic duty by voting in national, state and local elections?

Yes.

And I bet they will now!

— Ruth Miazgiewicz, Fort Worth

I feel the ground vibrating as those honorable ones who have gone before (Democrats, Republicans and independents) are collectively rolling over in their graves.

— M.L. Jones, Haltom City

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