Letters to the Editor

Letter: Chaos in store

October 5, 2013


To the editor:

Now we shall see just how stupid these tea party Republicans are. Maybe pushing the nation to default will be enough to expose these internal political fanatics for what they truly are.

Being willing to sacrifice the full faith and credit of the USA. Then the repercussions that will occur all over the world. Just the next downgrading of American Bonds will cause interest rates to rise enough to send a message that they are really internal terrorists. If we negotiate this one with them holding us hostage, then we can expect a total government failure. There will be no future way to govern. Total political and financial chaos will be the end game. Not just here but in the world. This is insanity!!

Everett Hickam,



Liberty275 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think the author of this piece understands the gravity of the situation. I'm sure at some point the Ds and the Rs will come to an agreement and all will be fine.

I think he should be more alarmed by American Citizens cheering the failure of their government. A lot of these people might just be the people that he thinks are "stupid", but there is a growing population that applauds government gridlock because they don't want the government to do anything more than the constitution mandates.

If they can't do anything, they can't do more than the constitution mandates. It's that simple.


OlDan 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Chaos in store? Yes, but not for the reasons you list Mr. Hickam.


Larry Moss 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Simple ignorance!

First they aren't even talking about debt limit yet and second, the tax revenues taken in will more than cover interest on the debt and much more. Social Securty, covered, Veterans benefits, covered, Medicare and Medicate, covered. So, the only way the US would default on it's debt is if the Fed. decides not to pay it. I don't see them doing that and Obama can't force them to do that.

So while some wish to spread fear. It's just not so.


FarleyM 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I think Everett has been reading too many gloom and doom articles.

American investment broker, businessman, author and financial commentator Peter Schiff warns us that we are in worse shape now economically than we were just before the 2008 financial crisis, which we still have yet to recover from.

“I think the U.S. has been in a depression or a recession for the entirety of the Obama presidency,” Schiff said. “I think there’s going to be a depression, but I don’t think it’s going to be global.” “When the dollar collapses and when the rest of the world stops wasting their resources, propping up our economy, buying our debt, selling us products that we can’t pay for, I think you’re going to have a global economic boom outside of the United States.”


seebarginn 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Good letter, except for the parts about chaos and insanity. Things have been chaotic ever since the Tea Party took over the Republican Party and killed it in 2010. The Tea Partiers are not insane. They know exactly what they are doing. Not mentally ill, simply mean and disgusting people who like throwing tantrums. They would not exist if McCain or Hillary had been elected in 2008. They are a response to the positive energy of the 2008 Obama campaign.


lunatic 6 months, 3 weeks ago

the ACA is flawed. Why is Obama granting waivers left and right if it is such a great law? Mr. Hickman, you and the D's are very good at name calling and extreme tactics. If you remember the ACA was never in conference and was forced through with questionable tactics. Now the R's are using questionable tactics and it is "insanity" to use your word. Blame for where we are runs both ways. Unless we quit reelecting the Harry and Nancy and John and Mitch we will witness this sort of disfunction. Unfortunately there are a lot of Koolaid drinkers out there who think Chris Matthews or Rush Limbaugh are speaking for the masses. They only appeal to those who cant or wont think for themselves. Dont be that person.


Armstrong 6 months, 3 weeks ago

And if the D's got to claim full responsibility for that debt and numerous other disasters forecasted for Obamacare how hard would it be to defund then ?


FarleyM 6 months, 3 weeks ago

According to the CBO, Obamacare 10 year debt will be 2.6 trillion instead of the 600 plus billion Obama proclaimed.

Since Congress is responsible for spending, why wouldn't they want to be responsible by defunding It?

This sounds like the right thing to do. Especially since no one, including Chad Henderson, is voluntarily signing up for it.


Armstrong 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I think the R's are going about this all wrong. First give the D's everything they ask for without one bit of obstruction. Secondly make sure the public is aware this is all on the D's. As many posters have said in many ways this is what America elected ( twice ).


Cait McKnelly 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Just read a very interesting article in the Atlantic that states that if the Teapublicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling, Obama will be forced into invoking the 14th Amendment or he will be breaking the law. This could include everything up to and including arrests for treason and the unilateral decision to raise the debt ceiling on his own.
Precedent was actually set for this during the Civil War for all of you Lincoln admirers, so there IS a historical basis for this.
I, for one, hope that Obama goes for the gusto.


toe 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Chaos is just fine. This battle has just begun.


jafs 6 months, 3 weeks ago

There's absolutely no defensible reason that anybody should have to "negotiate" with people using strong arm tactics about a law that was lawfully passed and upheld by the SC by holding up routine temporary budgets.

It's the wrong idea.


Dont_Tread_On_Me 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Foolish to blame this on a mall segment of one party. If anyone is responsible for our fiscal crisis, its all the career politicians from both parties who cannot stop spending our money.

I give the Tea Party credit for standing up for our fiscal well-being.


Armstrong 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Obama " I'm done negotiating." Yeah it's the R's fault.


Richard Heckler 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The media and taxpaying voters need to keep an evermore watchful eye on the leadership of this movement to shut down the government. That which hides behind a variety masks in order to keep one step ahead of the media and voting taxpayers. When in fact the greater majority of the GOP is this new anti government movement.

This is a right wing movement pure and simple which has effectively moved into state governments.

The old school GOP has been subverted and taken over by the Right Wing Party. This right wing party goes after republicans and removes them from office. Sam Brownback is an insider no question.

Who is the secret leadership of this quite radical right wing operation?

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures

ALEX EXPOSED – The Koch Connection

ALEC – Ghostwriting The Law for Corporate America


ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting

Knowing more about the enemies to public education, the working class and our communities is important.


Cait McKnelly 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I am far more frightened of the October 19th deadline for the debt ceiling.
What we are in right now is a governmental shutdown. If the debt ceiling isn't raised, we will face an economic shutdown that will have disastrous results; not just in this country but worldwide.
Yesterday, in a press conference, John Boehner stated that since the shutdown hadn't given them what they wanted they were seriously looking at refusing to raise the debt ceiling.
This is a minority who doesn't govern by democracy but by taking their own country hostage and threatening total economic ruin. And Boehner has no problems lying about it.
Yesterday, in that same press conference, he said the following:
"But after 55 years of spending more than what you bring in, something ought to be addressed.”.
This is an outright lie. When Bill Clinton left office the US Treasury had a surplus and a balanced budget. Then Bush II drove this country into trillions of dollars in debt with two unfunded wars. It's a deficit we're still dealing with, although Obama has managed to carve it down a bit.
Thanks to the people drinking the Koch KoolAid, Kansas is a lost cause. But you can just bet the rest of the country will remember when the midterms roll around in 2014. Especially if this outlaw gang in Congress sends us down the river economically. I know people right now who are frantically keeping track of quotes and actions by these people just so they can throw it back in their faces come 11/14. Kansas may remain Teapublican Paradise but I'm fairly certain that on a national level the Tea Party is DONE.


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