I sincerely hope that the tea party is ready to pick up the bill for what the shutdown cost the United States of America. The estimated price tag is $28 billion. The Republican tea party would be quick to point out what they accomplished with the shutdown. They seem to think they stuck to their principles. Well, sticking to their principles should cost them. They need to step up to a portion of the bill. The architects of the shutdown are Mark Meadows, John Boehner, Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell.

I believe that the Republicans realized that over 75 percent of Americans are fed up with their antics. I believe that they would like to return to the politics of the 1950s. However, that is just not going to happen. I believe these people need therapy badly, and they need to come to grips with reality. While George W. Bush was in office he engaged in two frivolous wars and tanked the economy. President Obama inherited a financial mess and has been working to get us out of it.

Republicans would like Americans to think everything is President Obama’s fault. The plain truth is that the Republicans and their failed ideology have nearly brought the entire country down. Bringing the country down because you don’t like a law you were unable to defeat in Congress is no excuse for bringing down the economy of the United States of America.

Dana L. Stern Sr.

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