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Obstruction won’t help solve country’s problems

The tea party Republicans have voted against Obamacare 40 times and have been defeated at each try. They could have passed the infrastructure bill and put many back to work. They passed a farm bill that denied food stamps and school lunches for the needy. These right-wing followers prefer to help the rich get richer at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

If the sequester were dropped, more border guards and military troops would be available for work. Food inspectors, pre-K schooling and aid to the veterans and disabled would be provided. If immigration reform were passed, the GDP would rise and the national debt would be lowered, but that bill will not be voted upon.

The last Congress refused to raise the debt ceiling to pay the cost of government spending. That decision resulted in a lowering of our national bond rating. These conservatives now hope to bring down Obamacare by forcing a government shutdown. They have no replacement for it. Rather than trying to be the strong-armed bully, the tea party Republicans should work with other members of Congress and the president to find solutions to our country’s problems. That action would benefit all Americans.

Kathleen Warren

Buffalo