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David Ihde: 14th Amendment

It's time to end the shutdown.

In this showdown of shutdowns, I would like to clear up some major misconceptions on the part of supporters of the Affordable Care Act. Many liberals and other supporters claim that the ACA, better known as Obamacare, is the law of the land.

Well, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution also is the law of the land. Barack Obama has changed the law 19 times, including giving big business and other cronies a delay in their compliance that others, like the average American, does get to enjoy. This is a clear violation of the president's oath of office and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In addition, the power of the purse strings and the power to fund or defund any program lies with the party that controls the House of Representatives. Currently, that belongs to the Republican Party.

It is time for America, and particularly the Democratic Party, to tell their leaders (President Obama and Sen.Harry Reid) to get to the negotiating table and knock off the nonsense. They do not get to have everything they want, and the Republican Party is not there to just rubber stamp whatever they want. Remember what Obama has said many times in his campaigns, "elections have consequences."

As Thomas Sowell, professor emeritus of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, so eloquently wrote recently, "if President Obama and Senator Reid refuse to accept the money to run the government because it leaves out the money they want to run Obamacare, that is their right, but it is also their responsibility."

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David Ihde

Steamboat Springs

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