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Speaker House John Boehner R-Ohio Republican members House Representatives rally after passing bill thwould prevent government shutdown while crippling health

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Republican members of the House of Representatives rally after passing a bill that would prevent a government shutdown while crippling the health care law that was the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama's first term, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The top Senate Democrat has pronounced the bill dead on arrival and calls the House exercise a "waste of time." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Updated: October 24, 2013 6:12AM



Aaron Alexis had documented psychological issues and an arrest for discharging a weapon, yet he passed background screening and walked into the Navy Yard to commit murder. Edward Snowden was a high school dropout who had to go back to get his GED, yet the government entrusted him with secrets. These are just two of an estimated 5 million people in this country who have security clearance. That’s almost as many people who are in the entire country of Norway. How do you control that? You don’t. It’s just more evidence that our government has grown too big and unaccountable, especially under the current administration. As the old saying goes, less is more.

Scott Sinclair,
Gurnee

GOP takes it to the extreme:

House Speaker John Boehner and the Tea Party nuts apparently are willing to shut down the government in a doomed effort to kill ObamaCare before it helps millions of American buy affordable health care.

The GOP offers no alternative other than to return to a dysfunctional system where insurance companies garner huge profits by refusing coverage, canceling coverage and raising premiums while 30 million people go to the ERs because they are without insurance. The Tea Party GOP are reckless zealots who care more about right-wing ideology than the country.

Tom Minnerick,
Elgin



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