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Monday, September 16, 2013

Democratic Governors Association

Joseph,

Remember that kid who would knock all the pieces off the checkers board when the game wasn’t going his way? You know the one I’m talking about. Republicans in Congress are that kid right now. Except this isn’t a game, and we aren’t back in grade school.

If Democrats don’t give into the Republicans’ demands and enact an extreme right-wing agenda that starts with defunding Obamacare, a coalition of Republican senators and their House colleagues are going to shut down the government on October 1. The results of a government shutdown would be disastrous for the American people.


It could kill the fragile economic recovery and put hundreds of thousands out of work. We have to put a stop to this before it’s too late. Join Senator Tim Kaine in demanding that Republicans end these dangerous threats to shut down the government if they don’t get their way.

Republicans think the threat of a government shutdown is an acceptable tactic to gain political leverage. They’re willing to disrupt the fragile economic recovery if it means stopping the Affordable Care Act from succeeding—no matter if real people get hurt. When things go wrong, they’ll just blame President Obama for the consequences.

It’s an extremely cynical tactic, but it could work if we let them get away with it. Level-headed senators like Virginia’s Tim Kaine are urging their Republican colleagues to drop the shutdown threats in the Senate, but right now over a dozen Republican senators are backing the maneuver and they’re picking up more support every day.

Thanks for your help.
Sincerely,
Lis Smith
Democratic Governors Association