The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 10, 2013

White collar gangsters

Daily Item

---- — The GOP in the U.S. House of Representatives have single-handedly created a man-made disaster by shutting down the government.

Representatives Tom Marino and Lou Barletta put their party over the people. More than 800,000 American workers who help keep the U.S. safe and perform important duties will be held without pay while Marino and Barletta will still be getting a weekly paycheck of more than $3,300 a week in taxpayer money.

Marino and Barletta are trying to prevent 48 million uninsured Americans from obtaining health insurance and at the same time they have the "gold standard" health insurance paid for by the taxpayers.

These extremists from the Tea Party, including Marino and Barletta, are claiming that the Affordable Care Act or what Fox News and the Wall Street Journal call "Obama Care" is a job-killing law. There is no such evidence to date to support their claims. The only cases of jobs being affected is that people will no longer need to have two or three jobs to afford health insurance and baby boomers who have pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer will be able to retire and obtain health insurance without any discrimination or denial because of their pre-existing conditions thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

The government shutdown that Marino and Bartletta voted for and supported is preventing thousands of children from attending head start programs and preventing children with cancer to receive alternative treatment.

It's no wonder that Marino and Barletta's approval is slightly lower than head lice.

These two "tea baggers" from the Tea Party are hurting our way of life. They have proven that they only represent special interest and their party leaders in Washington. They have proven that they don't represent the people and they are nothing short of white collar gangsters.

Michael Krankowski,