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Just in case you care, there is only one issue connected to this current government magic trick they call a shutdown. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees “equal protection of the laws.” This Amendment does not belong only to the poor, racial minorities, people who differ from the majority, certain genders, union members, or government employees. It belongs to ALL of us.

I cannot tell you if Obamacare is the messiah of the poor or the devil incarnate. I have my own opinion based on my academic background and personal experience, not skin color, economic status, or desire to get something for nothing. But my opinion is no better than yours. What I can state definitively, with expertise, is that the Fourteenth Amendment, until now, has purported to protect all Americans.

There is ONLY one issue. Obamacare is the law, whether we hate it or not. It passed the Congress, albeit via pathetic procedural ploys and magic. Polls indicate the majority hates the socialist concept, but it is the law. Yet, there is ONLY one issue. Under our Constitution, the law must be implemented as passed. The President has absolutely no authority to arbitrarily determine that he is exempt, that Congress is exempt, and that select large corporate supporters are exempt, while the rest of us bear the brunt of the legislative effects and shoulder the cost burdens as taxpayers.

Republicans and Democrats are stupidly playing politics with our form of government and should be criticized, but the President’s capricious actions with respect to his own law resemble those of George III of Great Britain – and that is dangerous to our way of life.

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  1. I agree. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. And if Congress, the Senate, the President, and other "important" organizations are exempt, leaving the rest of America to suffer the consequences and bear the financial burden.... that, to me, is unconstitutional. If all of those exemptees who passed this law think that is SO BAD that they don't want it for themselves, then the obvious choice is to defund it. It is either kill it for everyone or embrace it for everyone. There really is no middle ground here.

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    1. Robin: That is not the socialist way. On paper, socialism looks great. Nobody wants for anything, and everyone shares everything. Uneducated, uninformed, or non-productive members of society applaud the concept because they do not understand that those who pull the puppet strings drain all the resources, leaving a suffering public. In this country, instead of fixing the problem of 25 million people with inadequate or no insurance coverage, they managed to portion out poor coverage for everyone - except themselves and their cronies.

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  2. I'm gettng bees next summer and I'm studying them right now. Interesting. We are the workers. No breaks for them. Who takes all the honey?

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    1. Manzie: I love your metaphors. We are human worker bees. However, instead of a Queen, it looks like we will be serving a King.

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  3. Our leaders should stop playing politics like a football game. It is not a game. Both sides have valid issues and both sides represent valid voter positions. The program needs to be implemented, and then tweeked , amended, and improved, but you are correct...move on for now.

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    1. joeh: I absolutely agree. I do note, however, that you did not comment on approving the original law blessed by the Supreme Court without exemptions added by the Executive Branch. Thoughts?

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  4. This is exactly what I keep saying- and the only thing I feel is worth working out when it comes to all of this. It is no different than any other law. If we don't like it- as the polls keep showing a large majority do not-, then we need to understand it and change it. Otherwise, we are stuck with it. And it should pertain to all- just like the other federal laws.
    I don't want America to be a place where some are privileged and others are made to suffer because of their social status or otherwise.
    I will leave you with this: I value freedom more than anything I can get for free.

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    1. Jasmine: We might be at different stages of our lives, with different occupations, goals, and aspirations. We might have different dreams and different visions. We might disagree on certain political or social issues. However, with the kind of rational thinking you express, we would ALWAYS be able to work out a solution without harming the rest of the nation. That is the way it used to be for most Americans.

      What we are doing now is moving toward a more dictatorial government in control of everything from how much soda you drink to how many hours you can work each week. Despite Marx's brilliance, taking from the "haves" and giving it to the "have nots" has never worked, and will never work. Just ask those former Soviet citizens who were not part of the power structure. Ask a Chinese peasant, or an out-of-work, able-bodied Cuban getting $20 per month for food rations. That is not the direction I want for the U.S.A. If we educated our young people, they would not want it either.

      I have a solution. Take Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and the rest of the '60s radicals out of our required school history books and re-insert Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine. Take our media emphasis off Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and place it on real journalism. Our nation would change dramatically for the better in one generation.

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  5. I also like Manzanita's bee analogy. At least bees don't buzz around the issue of stinging us for 24 hours.

    Julie

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    1. Julie: And I'm afraid we will continue to get stung until they all remember why we sent them there.

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  6. You are so eloquent JJ. This has been on my mind too these last days, only I'm still in the highly agitated state. I just want all of them out of Dodge. They have sullied the nation.

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    1. Linda: The nation should clean the slate, throw them all out of office, and start over. That's exactly what would happen in the private sector with non-working employees.

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  7. This administration has nothing but contempt for the rule of law. The Republicans should be shouting this at the top of their lungs. With the media in the Democrats' hip pocket, though, it's not like they're going to get any coverage. Our media SUCKS.

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    1. Jennifer: I place the blame on the President for lack of leadership.

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