To recap and further explain, in an abbreviated way, the legislative process: Every bill before Congress (if it has a price tag), has to be passed twice: first to authorize it and secondly to fund it. Many bills that are authorized are not funded -- and so they are not implemented. Obama should know this and he probably does. However, he is so intent on following Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals" that he will follow the Alinsky rule: If you tell a lie and repeat it often enough, people will believe it. Just as when he was agitating for Obamacare, he made many claims, including his promise over and over again, "If you like the health insurance you have, you can keep it." We now know it was a lie. And he is on record as having said that he favors a "single-payer system," which everybody knows is socialized medicine run by the government.
And the idea of default was just a liberal scare tactic. The Republicans voted to fund everything, including payments on the debt, except Obamacare. So the only way the United States would have defaulted under the Republican plan would have been if the Obama administration would have refused to make payments on the national debt. Millions and millions of dollars are collected every day, so there always is enough money to pay for essential programs.
From his writings, it is obvious that Mr. Miller is erudite and very well informed. Certainly he knows, but apparently chooses not to admit, that it was the Democrats who chose to shut down the government, because they knew that their cheerleaders in the national news media would blame the Republicans. Sen. Toomey and Rep. Marino deserve accolades for standing up to the whole liberal establishment and not caving in to the forces who want to destroy our health care system and at the same time bankrupt our country.
The claim that it was the Republicans who shut down the government is an outright lie, and those who follow closely the workings of Congress know it.
n Donald J. Ely, of Sunbury, is the Republican State Committeeman for Northumberland County.