With absolutely no mention of the very real people this shutdown will hurt, Lehigh Valley Tea Party Chair Joan Campbell has issued a statement decrying the "liberal" and even "moderate" opposition to blackmail. In the name of killing Obamacare, she would hold the government in hostage. Never mind that Obamacare is law, passed constitutional muster or that President Obama was re-elected. She claims that over 70% of Americans oppose Obamacare, but fails to point out that 72% of Americans do not want the government to shut down over that issue.
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party is very aware of Charlie Dent's and Matt Cartwright's votes on funding the government and defunding Obamacare and we are not surprised as they are considered moderate and liberal. Although Mr. Dent has always listened to our views and continues to engage our members on a fairly regular basis, on the issue of standing his ground to defund PPACA (Obamacare) Dent is simply wrong.
Over 70% of Americans do not want Obamacare! It is a continually proven fact that the Government is not ready to roll out Obamacare and the vote by the House was an attempt to help prevent an enormously imperfect law from taking effect and causing further damage to the US economy. It is our wish that all our elected representatives would listen to their constituencies and defund it now. Even a prominent Obamacare supporter, Democrat Max Baucus, said Obamacare is a train wreck.
By not voting to at least delay the implementation of Obamacare, Charlie Dent and Matt Cartwright have told their constituency that their wishes don't matter here. Many members of Congress, who make $177,000 per year, complained they could not afford the costs of Obamacare. As a result they and their staffers have been given healthcare subsidies (provided by the taxpayers) to pay for up to 75% of their plans. By not standing firm against Obamacare, Charlie Dent and Matt Cartwright are telling us that the rule of law applies differently to them and their staff than it doesto us.
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party commends all those in government who voted for the rule of law. We particularly thank Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Pat Toomey for making a stand for all Americans.