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October 7, 2013

BRIAN HOWEY: A new level of public service for Hoosiers

Indiana politicians stoop to disgusting, new low.

(Continued)

As I sat down to write this column, Stutzman uttered one of the most incredible quotes: “We’re not going to be disrespected,” he told the Washington Examiner. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

OMG.

Indiana’s congressional Republicans were still drawing their paychecks at this writing, while hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed.

There were never enough votes to sustain this insurrection.

In a week, the real danger arises over whether the U.S. debt ceiling is raised. This is a quantum elevation of the stakes because the planet’s financial system foundation rests with U.S. Treasury bonds, where investment finds security. In a default, the safety of these bonds will be eroded. It would dwarf the Lehman Brothers collapse of 2008, with many of us still feeling that impact. A default could find the financial foundation relocated to Shanghai.

So Stutzman’s notion of “we have to get something out of this” and he doesn’t know what that is should get your alarm bells clanging.

The other story is the Obamacare launch.

What we witnessed last week were federal health exchanges getting such heavy volume the Web servers were overwhelmed. Most Americans don’t know how to navigate this system, and the computer glitches only exacerbate this.

Normally in this type of situation, our public servants are there to help.

But this is Indiana.

While states like Maryland, according to Gannett News Service, are spending $24 million to help citizens navigate this process, Indiana allocated $2 million. Republicans from Gov. Pence, through the General Assembly and the congressional delegation appear content to sit on their hands and let folks struggle. Why? Because if the system fails, they hope the ACA collapses. The more folks getting on the exchanges means success is more likely.

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