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Opinion

October 19, 2013

The shutdown: comedy or tragedy?

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Yet voters think Republicans, who are fighting to keep the country solvent, resisting letting the incompetent federal government take over our health care, and trying to stop the runaway national debt, are the bad guys? If the tea party legislators didn’t exist, we wouldn’t even know we have these problems we need to resist. By standing up and fighting, they keep some of us informed, and will perhaps wake up enough of the others who live with the illusion that giant government is merely a harmless windmill.

Republican moderates scold these patriot politicians for picking the wrong battle, insist they should have waited to take a stand on the debt ceiling. But Obama and the Democrats aren’t going to ever get the debt under control; Republicans will be attacked for endangering the national if not the world economy if they don’t give in and borrow more, forever.

What if the polls show voters would blame the Republicans if the debt ceiling isn’t raised until it hits 100 percent of our GDP? Then what will the moderates do?

If I were in the Senate, I’d stand with Rand, drink tea with Lee, and if necessary, lose with Cruz. Because my country is in so much trouble, so much debt, with such bad management, that there’s nothing to do but grab some kind of helmet and charge the giant.

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Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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