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Two Republican political rats: Heller and Amodei
by David Farside
Oct 21, 2013 | 2064 views | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the Republican Pied Piper for anti-government, fiscal hypocrisy and political lunacy Congressman Ted Cruz fell down the hole dug for him by President Obama. He will soon be joined at the bottom of extreme right oblivion by two prominent Nevada Republicans, Congressman Mark Amodei and Senator Dean Heller. Both men were opposed to a bipartisan deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. Heller was one of only 18 radicals opposing the compromise worked out by Senator Harry Reid from Nevada and Senator Mitch McConnell representing the state of Kentucky.

Amodei, the only Rep. from Nevada who voted against the bill said he opposed the deal because it didn’t reduce the debt or control spending. Even I know that debt reduction and public spending is decided separately and negotiated through leadership and political compromise.  The “deal” was an agreement to pay the debt we already owe and not hold President Obama, Federal employees, the American people and international bond holders hostage to wacko politics of the extreme right.

Heller said he wanted to support the deal but there was no underlying structural changes preventing the same “crisis” from happening again in the near future. I don’t know about politicians but you can bet big money political contributors won’t let it happen again. No doubt, when Heller gets tired of sitting on the wall in Washington, he will take his hard earned degree for doing nothing in hand and follow his predecessor, Jim Gibbons, to our state capitol and do nothing there as well; unless he finds one of Gibbons’ old cell phones.  

Because of radicals like Heller and Amodei the 16 day standoff has cost the U.S. economy between $12 billion and $24 billion that’s over $1 billion a day. About 250,000 jobs were lost. Large corporations and small business may have suffered a 20 percent fourth quarter loss. For small businesses that could be a financial disaster.

Auto sales are predicted to drop by ten percent. Consumer confidence has fallen faster since the G.W. Bush dunce period culminating in 2008. New applications for mortgages fell by almost 7 percent. National Parks were closed and travel related industries lost over $150 a day.

Federal offices that processed small business loans and mortgages were closed causing an almost $7 billion loss to the economy. And government contractors had to layoff hundreds of thousands of employees. The only ones who managed to break even were government employees; they will get paid for staying home, costing the taxpayers even more money. So much for republican fiscal conservatives.

Both Amodei and Heller preach their fiscal conservative policies. Even in their extreme conservative  right mind how can they vote against a bill that would open government, protect our credit rating, save and create jobs , keep the economy moving, help small businessmen and large corporations to meet their financial obligations and preserve our Democratic system of compromise and still call themselves conservative Republicans? Maybe they are just political rats following Ted Cruz down a hole dug in the backyard of G.W. Bush.   

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.
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