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October 7, 2013 - 2:27 pm

One of the main proponents of holding up the continuing resolution in order to push a defunding of Obamacare said the first week of the shutdown has proved his case.

“The Obama Administration’s behavior during the first week of the shutdown has been the best argument against Obamacare anyone has ever made,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

“The American people do not want Obamacare, and they are demanding that Washington act to protect them from the harmful effects of this unfortunate law.  The president’s response has been to ignore them, allow the government to shutdown, and then use his power to close national parks and monuments, stop paying veterans’ benefits, and cut off cancer research,” he continued. “This is exactly why we should not expand the government’s power over our health care choices.  What power the government has, it will use – and misuse – to advance its own interests, even if that means punishing the American people along the way.”

Lee compared the message sent by the shutdown to that sent by the IRS scandal: “Do what I say or else.”

“President Obama is not just using the vast powers of his office as leverage against Republicans – he is abusing his powers as leverage against the American people,” the senator said.

“The scenes of World War II veterans being shut out of a monument built in their honor should be a bright red flag warning the American people what an out-of-control federal government is capable of. Each day brings a new and more vivid example of why it is critical that we not allow Washington to reach even further into our most personal and intimate decisions,” he added.

“We now see how determined the president is to expand the power of the federal government and his willingness to use that power to harm the country to get what he wants. Congress cannot allow this to stand and should continue to work to end the shut down and protect the American people from Obamacare.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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and in all the newest of this administration's screw-ups, 0-care, we forget about our dead in Benghazi and in fast & furious, i.r.s. targeting, n.s.a. snooping, and on and on to the next embarrassing clusterfruck.

we have blind, deaf and dumbed down justice dept., a myriad of gov. alphabetical agencies headed by incompetent czars, and a media who couldn't find a real story in a library, if they knew what one was. all led by the most incompetent turd to ever pop to the surface in that cesspool called washington, d.c.

smells like time for a courtesy flush to me.
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What has amazed me is how passive people have been in the face of the thuggish behavior of the NPS. Forcing people out of their homes. Blockading restaurants, monuments that are out in the open. Even blocking access to the ocean. If I lived in any of these areas, I would be attempting to organize massive numbers of people. If for no other reason than to see if and how the Obama administration would up the ante.
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"What power the government has, it will use – and misuse – to advance its own interests, even if that means punishing the American people along the way.”

Very good.

But he apparently doesn't see that in the following:

“The scenes of World War II veterans being shut out of a monument built in their honor..."

Built to inure them to the state. And it works. Some carved stone in Washington D.C. becomes a kaabah requiring a haji.

And I am a veteran and I am appalled at their being denied access to the memorial.
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and in all the newest of this administration's screw-ups, 0-care, we forget about our dead in Benghazi and in fast & furious, i.r.s. targeting, n.s.a. snooping, and on and on to the next embarrassing clusterfruck.

we have blind, deaf and dumbed down justice dept., a myriad of gov. alphabetical agencies headed by incompetent czars, and a media who couldn't find a real story in a library, if they knew what one was. all led by the most incompetent turd to ever pop to the surface in that cesspool called washington, d.c.

smells like time for a courtesy flush to me.
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I see at least 3 predictable man-caused-disasters: Obama's election, Obamacare, and Hillary's election. The first is history, the second is still within reach, and the third needs on-going counter-strategy starting now.
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hope Senator Lee is healthy, not sure Obama or Sebelius would approve an aspirin for him
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Obama conducts jihad against America.
27 weeks ago
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What has amazed me is how passive people have been in the face of the thuggish behavior of the NPS. Forcing people out of their homes. Blockading restaurants, monuments that are out in the open. Even blocking access to the ocean. If I lived in any of these areas, I would be attempting to organize massive numbers of people. If for no other reason than to see if and how the Obama administration would up the ante.
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"Shut up", he explained.
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Well, it's not like they can afford to shut down the useless parts of the FedGov. People might realize that they can well live without it. That simply would not do. Next thing you know, they would have less money to redistribute to their cronies. So, they close down the actually useful parts in order to demonize the shutdown.
27 weeks ago
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"What power the government has, it will use – and misuse – to advance its own interests, even if that means punishing the American people along the way.”

Very good.

But he apparently doesn't see that in the following:

“The scenes of World War II veterans being shut out of a monument built in their honor..."

Built to inure them to the state. And it works. Some carved stone in Washington D.C. becomes a kaabah requiring a haji.

And I am a veteran and I am appalled at their being denied access to the memorial.
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