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Friday, October 4, 2013

Tea Party Organizer: Open Government, Shut Down Obamacare

Diana Reimer is a Tea Party organizer. (PA Coalition for Responsible Government)

Diana Reimer is a Tea Party organizer. (PA Coalition for Responsible Government)

A Tea Party congressman is in the spotlight for confronting a park ranger at the closed World War II memorial this week, saying the ranger should be ashamed for letting veterans into the monument, while keeping the rest of the public out.

We hear from a Tea Party organizer who asks, if furloughed government workers are considered non-essential, why do we need them at all?

She wants Democrats to negotiate with Republicans to re-open the government, and she wants Republicans to hold firm on delaying or defunding the Affordable Care Act.

Guest

Transcript

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

Well, we know that the shutdown has angered leaders in the Republican Party, who say it reflects poorly on the party and distracts from other issues. And that anger is reportedly boiling over behind closed doors. The New York Times writes about a private luncheon Wednesday in which Republican senators - like New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte - excoriated Ted Cruz of Texas for being friendly with groups attacking more moderate Republicans. And senators also demanded to know his exit plan. He didn't have an answer. One senator is quoted as saying that started a lynch mob.

The Tea Party-backed Cruz insisted on tying a budget vote to defunding the Affordable Care Act. Let's get the view of one Tea Party activist of the shutdown that resulted from the political stalemate. Diana Reimer is national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. Diana, welcome back. And your thoughts on the shutdown: Was it a good idea?

DIANA REIMER: Well, I'm proud of our Republicans for standing firm. I mean, they want to negotiate, and the other side doesn't want to negotiate.

YOUNG: Well, as you know, the other side, the Obama administration and many Democrats say that what the Republicans and Tea Party-backed Republicans in particular are asking for is to have a law that already exists overturned. This isn't a battle over dollars and cents. This is about a law that was passed and upheld by the Supreme Court. Is it fair to use this method to overturn a law?

REIMER: OK, we need to open government, and we do not want to fund Obamacare. And the reason is we're asking for fairness for all. The president has no problem with changing a law that's already in effect, which he has done. He has given waivers to big business and to unions. We're asking for the same fairness to the American people.

YOUNG: So you're pointing out that the president has already said that there should be delays of some aspects of the law because of problems implementing them. But would you push for using a government shutdown to overturn Medicare?

REIMER: But where does Medicare come in with this fight? You know, all we want is fairness. Republicans have come forward with many amendments, many offers, and there's just no negotiation in the Senate.

YOUNG: Well, polls do show that there are a lot of Americans who also have questions about the Affordable Care Act. But as far as the shutdown itself, do you think it's been a good thing?

REIMER: Well, let's look at this. The shutdown eliminated - and I have a big question about this - nonessential workers. So if they're nonessential, then why are they even being paid?

YOUNG: But as we are seeing, many of these workers who were deemed nonessential actually are. Safety inspectors who have furloughed have not gone to inspect that deadly bus crash in Tennessee. Cancer researchers had to be called back so a man on Cape Cod could get cancer drugs. Weather Service and FEMA workers have been called back to respond to that storm that's coming into the Gulf Coast. This is what...

REIMER: I haven't looked in - yeah, I'm sorry, I haven't looked into that enough. I would like to know what nonessential workers are.

YOUNG: Well, what do you say to the people who have said that this shutdown is a good thing because we need less government?

REIMER: Well, we do need less government. We believe in fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. And the government keeps expanding, expanding, expanding, and I'm sure there's a lot of duplication that could be, you know, combined.

YOUNG: Are you worried about the government workers who might be hurt by this shutdown?

REIMER: I really, I have to apologize, I haven't really given it much thought.

YOUNG: Really? They have been very public about how they're losing pay. Many of them are very low-paid government workers. You haven't given that much thought?

REIMER: Well, then I have to apologize for that, and yes, I do feel sorry for them.

YOUNG: Well, and we know you're heading for the World War II Memorial. It's been closed because of the shutdown, although the couple of rangers that have been left there are letting in World War II veterans, but not the public. Wednesday, the Texas Republican representative Randy Neugebauer, who's a Tea Party candidate, was there, as well. And he blasted a park ranger for the fact that the monument was closed to the public. Let's just listen.

REPRESENTATIVE RANDY NEUGEBAUER: How do you look at them and say - how are you are going to deny them access? I don't get that.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It's difficult.

NEUGEBAUER: Well, it should be difficult.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It is difficult. I'm sorry, sir.

NEUGEBAUER: Park Service should be ashamed of themselves.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I'm not ashamed.

NEUGEBAUER: Well, you should be.

YOUNG: Diana, your thoughts about that, blaming a park ranger, a government worker, for the shutdown she had nothing to do with, and he, as a part of Congress, did?

REIMER: Right. And I certainly wouldn't do that. I mean, they're following their orders.

YOUNG: But do you understand why a monument might be closed? The monuments are closed because of fear not of World War II veterans making the trip of a lifetime because they're so elderly, but because of vandalism and graffiti? That's why you have park rangers guarding monuments, and that's why monuments have to be closed when there's a shutdown. There's not enough park rangers to keep...

REIMER: Well, according to the veterans, it shouldn't be closed. And yes, I do understand that, and the monuments do have to be protected.

YOUNG: But that's government.

REIMER: Yeah, well, the government's all over.

YOUNG: Well, Diana Reimer, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, thank you so much for speaking with us.

REIMER: Thank you. It was good talking with you again, Robin.

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

And a brief update now on Miriam Carey, that Connecticut woman shot and killed after leading Capitol police on that car chase yesterday. Periodontist Brian Evans of Hamden, Connecticut says she was fired from her job as a dental hygienist a year ago, shortly after she was hospitalized with a head injury suffered in a fall. She was told at that time by the hospital that she was pregnant. Her mother told ABC News she was suffering post-partum depression.

We're back in a minute, HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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  • PoliticsWatcher

    Low-information people have no clue what government services they use.

    If the park is important, why shut it down? If it isn’t, why complain that it’s shut? Republicicans just don’t understand logic.

    The American people want the government funded. The American people want Obamacare funded. All the TPers have to do is pass the clean CR that the Senate sent them. But no. They want their hostage so they can rule from the minority.

    • fishdan

      If they american people want the government funded, why isn’t raising taxes to pay for it more popular?

      • Saimani

        Those of us who don’t mind paying taxes because we understand the value are usually less vocal. It’s the muddled few who scream and moan about them that get heard yet they never address things like roads, bridges, parks, and other government services that we all take for granted and don’t want to lose.
        However taxes could be based on a more equitable arrangement among us.
        We the people are the government, why would anyone not want to fund it?

      • fun bobby

        if the American people want it opened so badly why no protests or demonstrations?

    • Steve

      What we need in government are more career politicians, who know the ropes.
      They know who to go to for the money. They know the lobbyists.
      Its these career parasites who are the problem.
      Of course when you bring in the rookies to Congress, they screw up as it has showed with this Tea Party member.

      So in the end, let’s keep these professional politicians who know nothing else but what they currently do, which is represent the best interests of Corporate America.

      Americans get the gov’t. they vote for.

  • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

    To paraphrase this: “If it doesn’t affect me, then it can’t be important”.

    This is my basic problem with many so-called conservatives / Tea Partiers – they think that “I got mine” so why should we help other people? In other words, they have no empathy, and are (willfully?) blind to the needs of other people.

    • fun bobby

      that’s not really what they think. i’ll do my best to explain but it is a little subtle. they think” why should we be forced to pay taxes so the government can do a bad job at helping people, why cant we just do it on our own? those called liberals seem to think that the role of government is to force people to be charitable. . if you were correct about relative opinions on helping people then Obama would donate a larger % of his money to charity than Romney does but we all know that’s not the case.

      • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

        We form this kind of government to do what is needed. To paraphrase Lincoln, the government needs to do what others cannot, or that it can do better.

        Shutting down the entire government to get rid of a few parts is way too heavy handed, and even immoral.

        The government is overgrown and it is unwieldy and there are myriad of problems. As the Constitution says: “more perfect union”. But, we need to figure out how to fix those – and not throw out the baby with the bath water. We all want a government that works. The question is how to get there.

        • fun bobby

          the federal government is terrible at fixing poverty. they declared war on poverty years ago. poverty seems to be growing does it not?
          the entire government is far from shut down, panda cam notwithstanding. that panda cam is a great example of something the feds are bad at. the san Diego panda cam is HD and does not require federal tax dollars.
          Lincoln would have said that we should endeavor to keep as close to the constitution as possible

          • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

            To have a chance of fixing our government, we have to correct Citizen’s United and campaign financing in general.

            The GI Bill paid back 7:1. The highway system and the railroads and the Internet have paid huge dividends. The CDC and NOAH and FEMA and FAA, and food and safety and drug and cleaning up the environment are all hugely important. Clean water and clean air are the most important things we have.

            If we address climate change and fix our broken agricultural system and fully switch over to renewable energy – poverty will be taken care of almost across the board. Almost everybody will be working and healthier and that will “solve” many of our problems, all at once.

  • PoliticsWatcher

    TP ignoramus admits she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, but makes speeches anyway.

    Way to make your party look dumb, Ms. Reimer.

    • RAOUL ORNELAS

      Yes, and it is these people that want to take back government because they do not want to pay a fair tax. Basically, they don’t like anyone who is not white or earns less than a million dollars a year.

  • Shawn

    “I’m sorry, I haven’t thought the people furloughed” Are you serious!!!!!! What is with her?! I can’t believe she is given a soapbox to speak from. I can’t stand the so called “Tea-party”

    • Grace Forr

      OMG, my sentiments exactly, if this was not so tragic I would be LMAO! And the T-partyiers expect to be taken serious,, may be if they would at take a civic class and read some history, we could actually have a relative decent discussion!

    • Saimani

      No kidding! If ever anyone presented an accurate description of the tea party during a national forum, it was her! Totally out to she lunch, she was!

    • fun bobby

      they will be paid, why worry about them?

    • Ben tarpley

      Then what do you want Shawn? Business as usual with the two party system with are two sides to the same coin.
      You got the government you elected. Welcome to America where the the name of the game is MONOPOLY.

      Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Media, Big Military, Big Government, Big Brother, etc. Same for your Big Politics.
      Its all about the MONEY…

  • eudyptula

    That was the most ill-informed, ridiculous “spokesperson” I’ve ever had the displeasure to hear on NPR. For shame.

    • Shawn

      I applaud NPR for allowing her to illustrate how absolutely ill-informed, ignorant, and improper her arguments against government and gov employees actually are! Yes, it sucks that some may give her opinions weight if heard on national radio, however I hold out hope that the vast majority will just see how ridiculous the Tea Party actually are.

      • eudyptula

        There’s always hope, eh?

  • Ed

    She says she’s proud of her Republicans. Yes, there is no difference between the anarchistic teabaggers and the GOP.

  • Mary Kay Hamburger

    I just listened to this interview. They couldn’t put forth a more articulate spokesperson? My God.

  • Sean

    What an unforgivably stupid woman. The willful ignorance and shortsighted selfishness of the Tea Party is appalling.

    • fun bobby

      why do you think they choose to interview her?

  • Amy Hartman

    I could not believe what I was hearing in that interview iwth Diana Reimer…OMG. We are captive to a bunch of fools…

  • Maria Morales

    That was the most uninformed spokesperson I have ever heard. No wonder the Republican Party is in trouble and making the rest of us suffer.

  • Scott Allen

    That was

  • flanderboss

    Just listened to this interview. Could someone please explain “We just want fairness for the American people” in response to the question of why the Affordable Care Act should be considered with the Budget discussion? I have heard this argument repeated verbatim ad nauseam by Republicans. I don’t understand how linking the two is supposed to bring fairness to the American people. None of them every elaborate, just parrot this response. What does it mean?

    • http://SDsustainableFuture.com Philosopher3000

      It doesn’t ‘mean’ anything, what they are saying is that their minority of T-baggers lost this battle, and yet they would still rather not have a Black dude telling them what they can do. Their mad that they can’t get their way in a democracy. It sucks for them, they want to dictate the law to the rest of us, but they can’t, all they can do is obstruct.

    • Joe B

      Ha.. I JUST heard Boehner say it AGAiN.. just seconds ago “fairness to the American people”

  • typically unimpresses

    This lade makes me proud to not be a tea bagger. Why is someone like this given air time? Is it an attempt for the fringe right to not label NPR “liberal media”? Because I’ve got news for you, anything not blatantly right-wing is liberal bias according to the echo chamber.

    And zero push-back on top of it. Just a free commercial for the tea party. Thanks, but no.

    • Outside the Bubble

      Disagree – a) it revealed the TeaPartier as the fool she is; and b) I could see Robin’s jaw drop from here in Montana as this woman explained her “reasoning.”

      • typically unimpressed

        First, sorry for my previous typos, on a mobile.
        Second, what really scares me is that Diana’s views are actually supported by many, which is why she even has a voice.

  • Jan Elwin Tripp

    This interview confirms my worst fears about the Tea Party and their ideology over reality approach to government. How could Diana Reimer be so out of touch with how the shut-down is effecting America? My heart goes out to the thousands of Federal employees who are pawns in a colossal game of “chicken.” Pick up a newspaper and get a heart, Diana!

    • fun bobby

      I read today they passed a bill so everyone will be paid, like every other “shutdown”. this seems less a game of chicken and more a case of Chicken Little

  • Bob Agle

    That was a maddening interview. It showed how hard-headed and ignorant some people can be. If that was your purpose in showcasing this perspective, you succeeded admirably; but, you also succeeded in driving me crazy!!!

  • demm37

    If Ms. Reimer is a reflection of the Tea Party logic…they should be very worried. I’ve never head anyone speak about a topic with so little insight and general knowledge of the facts! Shame on her and the Tea Party for their continued ignorance of the role of government and the rules established by the founding fathers.

  • Steven Jackson

    Oh, my. Really? Really? One more time. Really? There’s a reason that most evil villans are also geniuses. Don’t have to worry about the latter here.

  • Scott Allen

    That was one of the most uninformed, unintelligible interviews I’ve ever heard. She actually questioned whether all non-essential federal gov’t employees should be paid. She “hasn’t looked into” the fact that several hundred thousand government employees are furloughed and not getting paid. We’re all dumber for having listened to that.

    • Saimani

      She has at least removed all doubt about the abilities of the tea party.

  • ClaraThomas

    The comments by Robin Young that there were 2 guards at the WW Two monument may be accurate. But Robin, after the incident involving these vets occurred the next day there were reportedly 7 guards at the monument, 2 more than were at the US. embassy in Benghazi when that facility was stormed.

    Why didn’t you give the listener that update?

    Is this more about portraying Tea Party members in a bad light and making Obummer look good? I see many commenters here are suffering from “tunnel vision”. They see, hear and read only what suits their position.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/01/obama-admin-knew-about-wwii-veterans-request-and-rejected-it/

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-obama-sent-more-guards-to-wwii-memorial-than-were-present-at-benghazi

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/shutdown-overreach-more-guards-at-wwii-memorial-than-benghazi-park-service-closes-park-it-doesnt-run/article/2536710

    • Steven Jackson

      What this interview shows by virtue of the very performance of this leader of this movement, is that the Tea Party is doing a fine job all on their own creating the quality of their own light and how good they look. Looks like they’ve got it all covered.
      And this detail is an insignificant cherry pick out of a much broader ranging discussion and interview performance. “Guards”? You mean Park Rangers? The shutdowns are a function of also broader governmental administration, process, and law, and not the discretion or whim of an individual.

      • Stan W

        The articles I read said “guards”, not park rangers. This was also reported on the news(CBS and ABC) and I saw it posted from MSNBC reports at a blog.
        Call these security personal whatever you wish, there were more stationed their after this incident with WW Two vets than at Benghazi.

        • Steven Jackson

          It can be very useful to be at least remotely precise with the use of language. They were Park Rangers, as is clearly available for everyone to see for themselves first hand in videos and pictures, rather than second or third or fourth hand.

          And why is the Benghazi mention also remotely relevant? Related how? I get it. Get that the reference is non-relevant.

          • Harry Hoxsey

            What I see here is that Obama didn’t hesitate to quickly get more personal out to the WW Two monument, but when it came to security at Benghazi, where was he.

            When will some of people start looking at the big picture rather than all these sound bytes which are convenient for you?

            It seems that Obama will also talk to terrorists, but has little time for Congress.
            Just where are his priorities, Stevie?
            Are you happy with the programs your communist President is implementing across the US?

          • Steven Jackson

            Again, with the Benghazi thing. I think we can all be quite sure that the Park Rangers watching the park were all working a long way away from any direct report of any top-level public figure in Washington.
            Sound bytes?
            Communist president?
            Terrorists?
            Interesting. But we’ve drifted now way out of the field and context of the discussion around this Here and Now interview.

          • Gula

            The Benghazi thing? People died at Benghazi and who call it a thing.
            You have the same mentality capacity of the war criminal Hillary Rottweiler Clinton.
            You don’t give a schitt. Grow up sonny.

            As the Arabian Proverb states: Your head is your house, furnish it.

          • Cardiffian

            Thanks for this stream of vitriolic goofiness. Great dessert after hearing Diana Reimer sound so foolish.

          • Edward21

            Another jerk who don’t understand much other than what the TV feeds them.
            Have your dessert, another dose of “electronic heroin”.

  • DL

    Kudos to Robin Young for keeping her cool when interviewing this incredibly uninformed and selfish person. My blood was boiling listening to her.

    • ClaraThomas

      Robin Young, like so many others in the media know their role and what they can ask. Otherwise they are history.

      Consider what John Swinton stated over a 100 years ago about the independent press. This also applies to your media personalities.

      There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

      There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

      The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

      We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

      • DerekWhipple

        Are you gonna start talking about lizard people now?

  • Pickwick

    That interview was humiliating and I’m not even a fan of the Tea Party. Nothing like not letting any facts get in the way of forming your opinion.

  • Outside the Bubble

    The Reimer interview reminded me of the famous Sarah Palin interview. Total disconnect with reality.

  • Hannah Johns

    it is people such as this woman who cause me to despair…http://alleghenycampus.com/2011/03/19/tea-party-coordinator-epitomizes-movements-ignorance/

    why are we not in the streets? if i was in a city of any size, i would be – maybe i will be here in our teeny town anyway…..

  • Adam

    About fell out of my chair when I heard this person. Usually they run, hide, or talk over interviewers when proposed with normal, straight-forward questions. This is the first one I’ve heard actually respond to them directly. Answers were AWESOME. It is like asking a 4 yr old why them must have candy.

    • gobytrain

      That’s EXACTLY how I felt!

  • Karenski

    Normally I’m not in favor of giving these people on the fringe any air time – just gives them legitimacy – but at least Robin asked her some tough questions. Diana still didn’t answer why it’s okay to shut down the government over a law that has been legally passed, signed, and reviewed by the Supreme Court. A law, BTW, that was created with a bipartisan effort, it was pretty much what the Republicans wanted.

    • ClaraThomas

      I’m still waiting for Robin and many others to start asking some real hard and tough questions.

      • Leum Reb

        What would you have asked?

        • Phillip Boyer

          I would have asked why is 85% of the government still functioning and only 15% shutdown.
          Why is Robin and the rest of the clowns of the mainstream media selling these lies? These journalists and media people are “intellectual prostitutes”. They do as they are told or they are out of a job.
          They are tools to be used as John Swinton stated over a century ago.
          They sell the lies and propaganda of those in power, specifically those who OWN YOUR COUNTRY AND THE MEDIA. There is no free press. Its mostly controlled by a handful of families. Go look that up also.

          He who owns the media controls the people.

  • Sean

    If Reimer is any indication of the level of follow through or depth of thought involved in the Tea party members then I am amazing they have hung around as long as they have. I am speechless after hearing the ignorance and complete disregard for others that displayed in this interview.

    Holding funding hostage for a law that has passed a majority vote and been deemed legal by the Supreme Court is merely prolong the hurt on government employees who do all the behind the scenes work that most people take for granted.

  • Cary Gersh

    Thank you for having Diana Riemer on the show. It is important to expose how uninformed and patently ignorant, members of the Tea Party are. The fact that they have influence over members of Congress is a further indictment on the low bar we set for qualification to elected office.

  • Harry

    Did that tea party woman just said that she had not thought about the people that are on furlough with out pay,that is the problem they did not think!! How mineless can u be?!

    • thomas C

      she really did. She apologized though. She doesn’t understand why the non-essential people are ever employed at all though.

  • ClaraThomas

    When will Robin Young get someone on this program that doesn’t come from Harvard or one of those Eastern Elite schools of higher learning.

    Why not get Paul Craig Roberts, a former Reagan Adminstration member.

    Time to get some “new blood” on Here and Now.
    Because its all the same old stuff every day.

    • Hannah Johns

      uh, i think she just did, and look how well that worked out!

      • Harry Hoxsey

        Doesn’t take much to impress you, aye Hannah?

  • Nicholas70

    When all men think alike, no one thinks very much. Walter Lippmann, dean of American newspapers

  • Brad Cecil

    Wow — that woman is remarkably clueless. These tea party folks seem to have no grasp on reality. Scary as hell!

    • Ben tarpley

      Robin Young, I agree. Actually neither one impressed me.
      There is no news, there is only media.

  • Merethe

    I chuckled as I listened to this interview – showed so well the inconsistent nonsense coming out of the Republican Party. She wants smaller government but she still wants monuments protected. “The government is everywhere”.. Really? Way to go Robin!

  • Furloughed federal employee

    So glad i was pulling into my driveway as i heard this interview, as i was stunned into a near coma of disbelief at the idiocy and hypocrisy of this “leader”. Never let it be said that npr doesn’t allow even morons their right to freedom of speech.

  • http://SDsustainableFuture.com Philosopher3000

    This demonstrates how ignorant T-Party people really are, this is their leader! How can we put Republicans in office when they don’t know how government works or what it does? We need to clean house, literally sweep all the T-Party Republicans out of office so we can get things done. I’m going to move to Louisiana just to run against these idiots, and expose their stupidity. I know they gerrymander their seats, but I believe if you expose their racist stupidity on video that eventually even their stupid racist, religious fundamentalist constituents will be too embarrassed to vote for them. Perhaps they will elect a moderate conservative that is willing to compromise to keep the economy from dying, or at least pay for the FDA, the National Guard, or the Border Patrol, much less the National Parks. Evil is the knowing destruction of sentient beings, even yourself, but I don’t think these idiots even know that they are shooting themselves in the foot, it’s non-essential, stupid frackers.

  • Grace Forr

    OMG, I am appalled and glad at the same time; now we can see why they are getting J.Boehner to kowtow to their demand; if this was not so tragic I would be LMAO!
    And the T-partyiers expect to be taken serious, may be if they would
    at take a civic class and read some history, we could actually have a
    relative decent discussion!

  • Alan Turnbull

    The Tea Party spokesperson was plain-spoken enough, no doubt, for many listeners to discern her ignorance and dismiss her. I wonder however whether Here and Now has more journalistic obligation to refute patently false claims in real time, for instance by saying “no, in fact the federal workforce is smaller now than it was under Nixon or Reagan (according to USA Today; http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/that-bloated-federal-workforce-historically-it-looks-buff); or if the facts arent immediately at hand but a guest such as Ms. Reimer is so clearly lacking in them herself, at least your interviewer should challenge with a request for factual backup. Otherwise this air time just irritates reasonably well-informed listeners while lending the authority of radio exposure to buffoons, and validating the ignorant opinions of your less discerning listeners.

    • Tom

      I think the host actually did a pretty good job of showing how horribly uninformed the guest was just through the questions she was asking. She did point out that a number of “non-essential” federal employees have been called back to deal with certain problems, which prompted the guest to admit that she knew very little about what she was supposed to be talking about.

  • Rick

    I often find myself frustrated when NPR interviews politicians because they never answer questions, but this was a disgrace. I had to pull over my car out of anger that people like this have any shred power. She is an idealogical puppet with now concept of reality and no concern for anyone other than herself… There is no hope in our government as long as people like her have any influence in it.

    • Lavada Skata

      Just this politician or all of them? Or only the politicians you wish to make look bad to shape the opinions of the public. Manufacturing consent.

      Diana Reimer may be an ideological puppet for her party, but what about Robin Young. She is a stooge for the mainstream media. She does what’s she told or her job is on the line.

      Remember this quotation:

      “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” …William Colby, former director of the CIA.

      Here and Now, like National Propaganda Radio know how to stifle or mute any criticisms on their comment lines. They simply BAN YOUR POSTS.
      Your so called “free speech”

      Free speech is considered “hate speech” by those who have something to hide.

      • Dominique

        Wait, so if they BAN YOUR POST, why is your nonsense still here?

        • Phillip Boyer

          Poor Dominique, just like the rest of the American herd.
          Deaf, dumb and blind.
          Are you happy with your leaders in D.C.?

  • Lavada Skata

    This woman may be about informed as Nancy Pelosi.
    The same Pelosi who urged her colleagues to just pass the ACA and then read what’s in its 2,700+ pages of legalese. The devil is in the details, folks.

    Many of these same reps in Congress also voted for the Patriot Acts Part One and Two along with the 2012 NDAA(National Defense Authorization Act) didn’t read those bills.
    You people get the government you deserve.
    What you are going to get is a Police State as Big Brother, the Nanny State and the Surveillance State are in place.
    Don’t blame your government, you are the government.
    Blame yourself for what is REPRESENTING YOU in D.C.
    Apathy, indifference and ignorance will be America’s downfall.
    From my vantage point, over 10,000 miles away it can’t happen soon enough.

    • Scott Allen

      That Pelosi quote is one the most misunderstood quotes in politics. She said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” Meaning: the controversy, much of it baseless fear-mongering, distorts what the bill actually does. By passing the bill, you will see what the ACA actually is and what it is not (death panels, socialized healthcare, the end of the world, etc.).

  • Reggie

    She is a very ignorant person. I was so livid listening to her. I had to find this story just so I could write my displeasure listening to her.

    • Lavada Skata

      Take a Prozac and then another one every few hours if listening to her is so upsetting to you.

  • brobley

    Can’t wait for the audio to be posted. I guarantee this will go viral.

    • Dominique.

      Yes, I’m frantically looking for it now: this was AWESOME!!!!!!! I want to send it to everybody I know: this interview was the best. You had to wonder whether you were really awake to hear such amazing nonsense. Hard to decide whether you wanted to laugh or cry… pinch me!

  • RAOUL ORNELAS

    This interview with Ms. iana Reimer is chilling. So apparently it is up to people like Ms. Reimer to determine who is and who is not expendable?!? I wish Robin would as a real question: What does Ms. Reimer do for a living, how much is she paid and does she have health care. Robin should have asked where is the Government expanding? Robin should have asked to any of Ms. Reimers (sound like a German name) have any relatives receiving Social Security and Medicare? The tactic of sending out House of Representatives to some of the memorials around Washington D.C. to lambast a park official worker as though he or she is responsible for the memorial or park being shut down by Republican fiat is dead wrong. They should know (really they do know) these park workers are doing what their bosses are to do by Republican fiat. This is the type of propaganda that one saw during 1923 to 1943 in Hitler’s Germany. Please Robin ask the relevant, what should be obvious questions, before Ms. Reimer determines you don’t need your job or health care. Soon Ms. Reimer and her ilk will determine who is to be burned in the ovens or who is to be gassed so that her elitist friends do not have to pay a fair tax.

  • Barbara Gordon

    Thank you for airing that interview. With this woman as a spokesperson for the organization, she perfectly illustrated the appalling ignorance and willful lack of education, in addition to the missing human decency and empathy, that is the Tea Party.

  • mikeh

    I started listening to this segment after it had started. I thought that you had started taking random callers. Then, I hear that this person is a national coordinator for the tea party. Wow.

    The upside: we can all be happy that eventually the tp will be done in by the unbridled ignorance of its members.

  • matt

    Is there somewhere to get the audio of this?

    • Scott Allen

      Yes. Usually the podcasts of all NPR shows are available after 5:00pm or so the day of the airing.

  • Juhduh

    I can’t believe you let such an obviously misinformed, low intelligence person as Reimer on you show. She supports a government shut down but hasn’t thought about the furloughed employees! She brings up the same tired crap that the Republicans brought up in 1996, if the employees are “non-essential” why are they even employed. All Tea Party members do is grab one-lines and then repeat them over and over. I would bet Reimer is on Social Security and would be the first person to start bitching if her check didn’t come.

  • Russell Wyler

    I see this article is all about the left wing liberals bashing the right wing conservatives. Do you people feel better venting your anger towards the opposition?

    Those in Washington and their media puppets have done its job shaping your opinions, thus we have the masses feuding among themselves while those who control both the Democraps and Repugs can continue to manipulate the political process.

    Its called conquer and divide. Its always good vs bad, Christians vs. Muslims, black vs. white. There are endless enemies to be used for the benefit of others. Divisions, friction, differences, etc.

    Keep fighting among yourselves sheeples. This is what the ruling elite, the money masters and international banksters want.

    Infighting among the herd, distracting you all from the “big picture”.

    I know this will be difficult for many of you to understand. All you need to do is open your eyes and mind and do some critical thinking and using your common sense.

    Also there are many other sources of “news” other than NPR, CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.

    5-6 families control over 96% of what you read, hear and see. Its called MIND CONTROL.

    From the responses I see here, its working. Edward L. Bernays, the father of spin and mass mind control would be proud of how his methods are working today.

    M=m3 MANIPULATION = MONEY x MEDIA x MANPOWER.

    All your sniping at each other only benefits the ruling class. Its all about maintaining their STATUS QUO, their position, power and pelf in high society at your expense.

    • Scott Allen

      Thank you for this, Russell. NOT!!

  • A Concerned Citizen

    Take a closer look at Mrs. Reimer
    http://www.teapartypatriots.org/speakers-bureau/diana-reimer/

    She is a local Philadelphia coordinator and Activist with an otherwise unremarkable resume. I hope that her total political power is equivalent to her total thoughtfulness.

    People are entitled to their own opinions, but no one is entitled to their own facts.We can agree or disagree with opinions but when someone is either ignorant or does not care to understand the facts that support their opinions, they are dangerous to themselves and others.

    Disappointing.

  • Slt0757

    How can this woman be given the time of day when she is so uninformed on
    everything that she disagrees with. I can’t believe how ignorant she
    sounded. Seriously, how could anyone follow a person supposed “Tea Party” organizer, that is this so dumb. Talk about putting your head in the sand or a place where the
    sun doesn’t shine, this woman is living in a world of her own and
    doesn’t have a clue about how anything works. President had it right when he said, “The Lord must really love stupid people because he made so many of them…” That’s a paraphrase from his statement.

  • Anon

    I believe that the bigger picture is being missed. Who is the Tea Party? Remember the IRS scandal from earlier this year? The key of that scandal is if the organization should be classified as a 501c4 (an educational non-profit) or a 527 (a political organization, also a non-profit). The key difference is that the 527 organization must disclose their donee list, the 501c4 does not. Although these organizations have a number of members, organizations like the TP (501c4) has been co-opted by the few big money givers. The problem is that Citizens United decision allows big money as much time on the soap box as their money allows; the ability of big money to donate to organizations like the TP, big money can hide who is actually on the soap box. Note: the TP is one of many organizations (conservative and liberal alike) that have been incorrectly classified. This helps politicians misinform the public. In my opinion, this is a form of institutionalized corruption.

    Ms Reimer is exactly what the TP and organizations of this ilk want.

  • JR

    If Diana Reimer is the personification of tea party’s mental capacity, thought process and foresightedness (or lack thereof), no wonder the U.S. is in trouble. Never have I heard such absurd, uninformed, circular-argument claptrap. I could hear the frustration in Robin’s voice as she tried to get and offered opportunity after opportunity for the woman to make sense. Reimer truly is the epitome of the tea party and its affiliate fringers’ “I’ve got mine, to he** with anyone else” mentality. She hadn’t even given a thought to, much less any consideration for, the thousands of Americans who are being hurt by this narcissistic GOP-induced government shutdown. She is, indeed, the embodiment of the tea party-led 2-year-old throwing a tantrum over not getting its way. As for Robin — or anybody, for that matter– “making” this woman look bad. No need for anyone to even try to do that. She does so in spades all by herself. What an absolutely clueless human being.

  • Ramona

    I was driving when I heard this interview. Did Reimer say, “Well, the government’s over,” at the end (when the conversation had turned to the WWII Memorial, and that it should be open but there aren’t enough rangers)?!?!? I wish I had rewind on my radio!!!

    Thank you so much for this interview! I have been wondering what logic a regular citizen could use to support the shutdown. It seems a national coordinator would be more informed, but her choosing to ignore the consequences of the shutdown must be directly related to her ability to support it.

    • PS

      She actually said “Well, the governent’s everywhere”, I think. Either way, it made no sense.

      • Cardiffian

        She said “yeah, well, the governments all over”. Then what sounded like a snicker.
        Not sure if that means all over as in “ubiquitous”, or as in “done”. Neither answer really answers the question or shows any intelligence or insight.

  • Stan W

    What a bunch of libtards.

    All having a field day beating up on the “enemy” because of your “beliefs”

    Americans love their enemies, even here in the US.

    Whether they are right or wrong about the opposition it doesn’t matter.

    They just want to vent their anger at some one. Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up.

    While you are criticizing the other parties, those who pull the strings from behind the scenes in Washington and elsewhere are continuing tp manipulate the “big picture” away from the headlines and curiosity of the media. Namely the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Committee of 300 right up to the Bilderberger Group.

    Obfuscation is the name of the game.

    Many of you are simply too stupid or brainwashed by what you are fed as “news”.

    Adolph Hitler was right:
    How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.

    • PS

      When you opened by using the word “libtards” and ended with “too stupid or brainwashed”, you pretty much invaldated any point you might have tried to make about loving to hate the enemy.

    • Lazlo Mortimer

      “libtards” how to destroy you credibility in one word.

      • Phillip Boyer

        And what are your qualifications here Lazlo?

        The Ugly and Uninformed American.
        Maybe that’s why you have the leaders you do.
        Your apathy is showing.

  • thomas C

    Is there a podcast of that interview with her classic, SNL-esqe “Diana, you ignorant s*#t”:. “if they are non-essential, why do we need them at all”

  • Saimani

    LOL to Diana Reimer interview. That had to be the most scary interview I’ve ever heard. She reflected the same kind of conversation one gets on the street from “tea partiers.” God help us!!

  • Cardiffian

    Oh my God, I couldn’t believe how bad this lady sounded. SHE is that National Coordinator for Tea Party? That explains so much! Is there a way I can get a download of this interview? She may be the anti-Tea Party’s most powerful weapon.

  • Antoine

    From what I read here, many are hostile towards anything the Tea Party stands for.
    All these liberals want business as usual in Washington. Tax and spend.
    More Big Brother, more of the Nanny State and more surveillance by the NSA and abuses by the IRS.
    They want a Police State and their president Barry Soetero of Kenya, a socialist and a communist will deliver it to them.
    This is how ignorant Americans are. I thought they were stupid electing Bush twice, but the disease called “apathy” has really taken over the country.
    Can’t you people see the obvious or are you all that dumb?
    You are being screwed by both parties in Washington.

    • Spinner123

      I don’t think you have the whole picture there, Antoine. Most liberals believe in fiscal responsibility, in fact, since Reagan it has been Democratic presidents who have lowered the deficit and for a short time balanced the budget. It has been the Republicans who have spent lavishly, only to drive up the deficit because they don’t want to pass more taxes. You can’t have it both ways. While you feel liberal are “tax and spend,” conservatives are more like “dine and dash.”

  • realpigasus

    Diana Reimer is so stupid it hurts

    • Harry Hoxsey

      What’s your excuse son?

      • realpigasus

        Seems like you’re the one with a learning disability, since you think Obama is a “communist”. That’s stupid.

  • Louis Greenstein

    That’s just the problem with the Tea Party. They’re not well informed and they don’t know much about civics.

  • harveyNJ

    This interview is hysterical. Is it possible to find a less informed inarticulate tea party spokeperson?

  • DK

    I’m so impressed with how Robin Young was able to keep this interview going right to the end without losing her cool. Diana even thanked her at the end. Perhaps she’ll be back again for more of her insightful commentary. I finally got the answers I was seeking all week about what the patriots are thinking. Some of the comments here have also given me an even clearer indication. Actually understanding where the sides are coming from is indispensable to seeing a way forward. I think the way forward is for everyone on both sides to take a deep breath and say thanks for what we have in this country and to thank each other for expressing our views without anger. Everyone has feelings, everyone has a point, we all just need to listen and think about what we are hearing and try to go forward from there. I know, it’s really , really hard to do this sometimes but please try.

    • Gula

      You must be easy to impress. I’m sure that a few sound bytes also impress you enough to shape your thoughts.
      Ignorant Americans don’t impress me, they scare the hell out of me.

      Brainwashed for war, programmed to kill.

      • DK

        Gula, Did I touch a nerve somehow? I’m sorry. You seem terribly smart and well informed. What shall we do with people who scare the hell out of you? Do you have a magic wand to make them disappear?
        Perhaps you are simply scared by anyone you perceive as disagreeing with you? I wouldn’t want to live in your shoes. I don’t see you adding anything helpful to the discussion but I would be interested in knowing what our current president did to you personally. Did you get sent to fight in Afghanistan against your will? Did your employer dump you off their health insurance plan?
        Pray tell. I’m all ears. That’s how I happen to get some of my information.

        • Edward21

          To dk. Little things affect little minds.

  • Gula

    You can either have your uninformed Tea Party person being interviewed and exposing all their flaws or you can have an interview with a career politician who knows how and what to say something or how to avoid a question.

    Either way, you people aren’t happy, but you get the people in office you deserve.
    Some inarticulated spokesperson or your career politician who is owned by the lobbyists.
    Maybe a dictatorship is to your liking.
    Well bingo. You will get it soon with Obamination and conpany.

  • gslouch

    Are You Kidding Me!!! I’m one who gives basic respect to all people, but this guest was absolutely clueless! No, more like incomprehensibly ignorant!! When asked about the people hurt by the Republican shutdown she replies, “I haven’t given it much thought.” WHAT! This just further illustrates the ignorance of the Tea Baggies and the Repubs. When she replied my jaw dropped to the floor. It’s scary to think this is someone in a supervisory/planning position trying to help guide the direction of our country. I apologize as i’m sure she has a family and may be a good person, but this is why our country is in trouble , with inept ultraconservatives . YIKES!!

  • Stacie Ford-Bonnelle

    That is crazy. Like needs to be institutionalized crazy. Luckily, ACA covers that.

    • Lazlo Mortimer

      I’m no fan of the Tea-party, but I find your comment uniformed, cruel, and offensive.

    • Edward21

      “The only people who have proof of their sanity are those who have been discharged from mental institutions”
      ― Marshall McLuhan, Take Today: The Executive as Dropout

      • larry waters

        Take Today: The Executive as Dropout published 1972

        Cute, but ill informed, and we know a heck of a lot more about mental illness now than we did in ’72

  • Lazlo Mortimer

    At least she was able to admit she wasn’t informed or had given it much thought, that usually doesn’t stop a lot of folks from pontificating.

  • Wheezy

    The astonishing level of ignorance displayed by Ms. Reimer speaks volumes about the tea party. The intellectual depth of a bumper sticker.
    What do you want to bet that she thinks she did a great job.

  • bytheriver

    She frighteningly ignorant AND has a microphone. But the
    larger problem is we are being led by this nonsense. Look around you – they
    have indeed shut down the government. This
    is not an issue of promoting your well researched opinion; this is taking a
    stand with zero facts or information. The ‘dumbest people in the room’ are
    calling the shots and all we do is stand with our mouths agape. If nothing is
    done, this is our future.

  • Sarah

    This was, straight up, the most amazing thing I’ve heard on the radio in ages. When I heard this I laughed so hard that it was like doing cardio. My kids asked me if I was okay.

    I’m sure the joy this brought me has extended my natural lifespan. I’m sending $100 to WBUR right now, even though I just pledged last month.

  • Mos Lef

    I had to turn the interview off.

  • Phillip Boyer

    Typical media fear mongering. You NPR junkies need to do some research on your own.

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/government-shutdown-36-facts-which-prove-that-almost-everything-is-still-running

    Part of the article from the Economic Collapse Blog. Article by Michael Snyder 2 October 2013

    Government Shutdown? 36 Facts Which Prove That Almost Everything Is Still Running

    In fact, this shutdown is such a non-event that even referring to it as a “partial government shutdown” would really be overstating what is actually happening. The following are 36 facts which prove that almost everything is still running during this government shutdown…

    #1 According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, 85 percent of all government activities are actually being funded during this “government shutdown”.
    #2 Approximately 1,350,000 “essential” federal employees will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.
    #3 Overall, 63 percent of the federal workforce will continue to work during this “government shutdown”.
    #4 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver our mail.
    #5 U.S. military personnel will remain on duty and will continue to get paid.
    #6 Social Security recipients will continue to get their benefits.
    #7 Medicare recipients will continue to get their benefits.
    #8 Medicaid recipients will continue to get their benefits.
    #9 Food stamp recipients will continue to get their benefits.
    #10 Those on unemployment will continue to get their benefits.
    #11 Federal retirees will continue to get their pensions.
    #12 The federal school lunch program has enough money to go through at least the end of this month.
    #13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.
    #14 Almost all federal law enforcement officials will continue working.
    #15 The Federal Reserve will remain “completely functional”.
    #16 The Supreme Court will continue to operate normally and federal courts have enough money to keep going for at least two weeks.
    #17 TSA employees will continue to molest travelers at our airports.
    #18 Air traffic controllers will continue to monitor traffic at our airports.
    #19 Hopelessly outmanned border patrol agents will continue to try to stem the tide of illegal immigration.
    #20 Visas and passports will continue to be issued by the State Department.
    #21 The Veterans Administration will continue to offer substandard medical services, and it will be able to continue processing benefit payments at least for now.
    #22 The Obama administration apparently has plenty of money to spend on closing open-air memorials that are usually open to the public 24 hours a day.
    #23 The Department of Defense announced the awarding of 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than 5 billion dollars on September 30th – the day right before the “government shutdown”.
    #24 The “government shutdown” has not prevented the new two billion dollar NSA spy center from opening up.
    #25 Federal prisons will continue to operate normally.
    #26 Amtrak trains will continue to run.
    #27 The Patent and Trademark Office will be open.
    #28 The Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to issue product recalls if the products “create an immediate threat to the safety of human life”.
    #29 The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to track weather patterns.
    #30 If the federal government needs to respond to a natural disaster, this “shutdown” will not affect that.
    #31 NASA will continue to support the Mars Rover and the two American astronauts up on the International Space Station.
    #32 All city employees of the D.C. government have been deemed “essential” and will continue to go to work.
    #33 Even though the Obamacare exchanges are not working properly, people will still be able to access them.
    #34 The IRS will continue to collect taxes, but it will be suspending punitive audits of conservative organizations.
    #35 Barack Obama will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.
    #36 The U.S. Congress will continue to get paid for the full duration of this “shutdown”.

  • Harry Hoss Stout

    I’ve been to the WW2 memorial many times and I’ve never seen a park ranger there, why does it need to be protected now when no one is allowed.

    • Phillip Boyer

      Because between the Obama Regime and those compliant within the maisntream media needed to hype this. Manufacturing consent
      Typical the “sky is falling” crap out of our leaders.
      Psychological warfare.

    • Park Ranger

      Here’s why – this is from the website of the WW II Memorial (http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=facts.asp&subpage=intro):

      “President Clinton signed Public Law 103-32 on May 25, 1993, authorizing the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to establish a World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., or its environs. It is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II and acknowledging the commitment and achievement of the entire nation.”

      “The first step in establishing the memorial was the selection of an appropriate site. Congress provided legislative authority for siting the memorial in the prime area of the national capital, known as Area I, which includes the National Mall. The National Park Service, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission approved selection of the Rainbow Pool site [...]” (Background: The National Mall is an open-area national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) administers the National Mall, which is part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit. – Wikipedia)

      “The memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004, and was dedicated on Saturday, May 29, 2004. The memorial became part of the National Park System on Nov. 1, 2004, when it was transferred from the American Battle Monuments Commission to the National Park Service, which now operates and maintains the memorial.”

      It is so very easy to dismiss what you choose not to understand.

  • Harry Hoss Stout
  • Morrissey

    Could they have sent a less prepared person to be interviewed?

  • Joseph Arechavala

    Complete irrationality.

  • Justin

    It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain

    I wasn’t impressed by either Diane Reimer or Robin Young.
    One is a greenhorn in politics and the other one a paid shill for the mainstream media to ask “just the right questions”.
    Sorry Robin, I can get a more “complete” picture of the news elsewhere on line.

  • Spinner123

    Wow. I listened to this interview in the car, and I had to pull off the road because I couldn’t believe the things coming out of this woman’s mouth. Diana Reimer’s ignorance and lack of empathy are startling, and her circular logic is mind boggling!! Good job Robin Young for keeping your cool. I probably wouldn’t have!

  • fun bobby

    I think its odd about the fear the public will destroy the monuments without them being guarded from us. bizarre
    seems a little backward that they have the manpower to keep the parks closed but not open. it seems like it takes much more energy to keep people out.

    • Park Ranger

      I am sick of the obfuscation about the parks being closed. This is what is happening: Parks have law enforcement divisions. A percentage of law enforcement rangers are still on duty as “essential personnel.” They have the unpleasant duty of being the living “locks on the door” while the rest of the Park Service is furloughed. Most of the law enforcement rangers, all maintenance personnel, all interpreters (the people who speak with and deliver programs to visitors), all administrative personnel, etc. are not at work – all on furlough. At my park, less than 5% of the people it takes to run a park are on site. All functions beyond keeping the area minimally secure have gone black. It’s like a shuttered business whose facilities are guarded by a minimal security presence. If the American people think that “guards” at sites are all we need, then – by all means! – shut down the parks permanently, sell off all the lands, put bars on the windows of the historic buildings and wait until they crumble. Maybe no one really believes that they are “America’s best idea,” after all.

      • fun bobby

        I can understand why they would close a facility or a building with no one to maintain them. why a forest? they are owned by we the people if we the people ruin them somehow then that’s what we get. can you explain why they don’t want people to look at mt rushmore?

        • dust truck

          Who’s going to pick up the litter? Keep crowds under control? Prevent forest fires?

          • fun bobby

            everyone will have to clean up after themselves perhaps instead of barriers and signs saying “important shut down” they should say “clean up after yourselves”. or it will just be a mess until that upsets someone enough to clean it up. perhaps walmart would volunteer to take care of it. what kind of crowd control do we need in the forest? is the idea that without law enforcement in the woods people will turn into a mob of savages littering all over the place? only you can prevent forest fires my friend.
            the federal governments attempts at preventing forest fires is what led us to the problems with fires we are having now. they are a natural part of the ecosystem in the west.

  • fun bobby

    reading the comments here reminds me of reading the fox news commentators comments about alan combes

  • Matt

    What people don’t realize is that the Obama administration already has negotiated and compromised extensively. The sequester, the continuing resolution, the reductions in budgets to many federal agencies, are all compromises made by the administration and the democrats already. How much can you compromise?

  • Angela Minton

    My sister contacted me today from Normandy where she is fulfilling a dream to visit the site of our father’s death. This trip had been planned for three years. When she and her husband arrived, the WWII park was closed to the public because of the government shutdown. This may seem insignificant to someone as short-sighted as Reimer, but it is beyond embarrassing to our country, as well as an insult to those American and British heroes who gave their lives for the democracy, only to see it corrupted by the ignorance of Tea Party Republicans.
    A. Minton

  • Julie

    No. I beg to disagree. Not ALL Senate and House of Reps will feel the blame of this terrible shut down of our government. All I can say is that as an independent and progressive voter I will be supporting most if not all Democrats. The Republicans have really taken the cake this time, guys! Big mistake. How dare you prevent even some people for trying to get some healthcare? How dare you turn away when people are suffering and being turned away or harassed even as they get vital operations to keep them alive. How dare you say, “you deal with it” when honest, hardworking people stand to lose their homes when they get a terrible illness and can’t pay without losing whatever they have. You, in your multimillion dollar houses, your SUVs, your beach houses. How dare you! And how dare you, smug “progressives” who want the government to just go away because half of what they do is stupid wars and interventions where they don’t belong. You want it all or nothing? Well, as you can see even the crumbs that some of us fight for others, the greedy and cruel Republican Capitalists don’t even want to give. Talk about Marie Antonette!
    Republicans, you will pay at the polls because you permit megalomaniac psychopath called Cruz, Perry and Culberson call the shots.

  • ProudlyProgressive

    A message to the Tea Party Patriots:

    I assume your speaker Diane Reimer is a prototypical representative for your organization. Quite simply, you need to think more deeply about what you stand for and why and the consequences of your simple-minded mantra’s. In a recent interview, she was unable to explain some of the obvious effects of the government shutdown and carry on a simple discussion about why these effects might exemplify the downsizing of government you cry out for. She showed a lack of understanding of the effects, nay, benefits of “Big Government” to every Americans daily life.

    Is your group willing to do away with highly accurate weather forecasts, a robust communications system that relies on land, water and space-based infrastructure? Should we diminish our capacity to improve the safety of private industries that turnout – and manufacture – transportation vehicles, drugs, foodstuffs and firearms?

    These are capital investments shared by all for the benefit of all and one of your pat answers is to privatize. Thinking about it, you should see the economics of that proposition just don’t work.

    But, actually, she should continue stumping for you, since perhaps she might wake up all those who willingly mouth your senseless blather.

  • Matcat

    Open Government, Shut down Tea Party.  Or don’t pay taxes for the days it is shut down

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