Gretchen Ruffner Starke 
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Re: “Here are the local politicians responsible for the government shutdown

Funny, but I only see Republican supporters using foul language. Maybe if you could express your viewpoints without resorting to f-words and a lot of derogatory terms, people might listen to your viewpoint. That is, if you really are a thinking person with your own viewpoint, and not just a party-line parrot.

I voted Republican for many years. And in all those years, Ike Skelton was often the only Democrat I would vote for. But the Republican party left me, I don't even recognize it anymore. What used to be the party of fiscal responsibility has become the party for the rich. The current crop of tea-party Republicans want to do away with all social programs, including Social Security and Medicare , while assuring themselves the most generous retirement plans in America. They want to take away Women's rights to determine their own health needs. They don't believe women should get paid the same as men for the same work. Basically they are reactionary and against anything remotely progressive that will move this country forward.

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Posted by Gretchen Ruffner Starke on 10/04/2013 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Here are the local politicians responsible for the government shutdown

I have emailed Vicky Hartzler and left a message on her Facebook page. She is most assuredly a tea-party Republican! It pains me that she was elected and replaced Ike Skelton, a conservative Democrat, who had served admirably well as our Congressman for many years.

Prior to the 2010 elections, the tea-party Republicans had stated their goal was to elect enough tea-party Republicans to the house so that they could "shut-down the government" and then after the election, gleefully chortled that "now we can shut down the government". This has been a party with no agenda other than to be obstructive and to defeat Obama and the democrats no matter how good their measures are. Yes, they are the ones that instituted the Sequester, another of their schemes with that very goal in mind, to shut down the government.

I fail to see how any thinking, reasonable American can find anything reasonable or intelligent about how this group of people is acting. Their politics has nothing at all to do with what is good for our country or for our people. They just want to destroy, and if Americans are hurt in the process, well, that is not their concern.

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Posted by Gretchen Ruffner Starke on 10/04/2013 at 11:48 AM

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