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On Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that processing and approving applications will be discontinued during the shutdown. This has already caused considerable disruption among companies raising capital here in New York.

Our federal government has become a joke! Here in the greatest democracy in the world, Republicans and Democrats can’t work together to agree on a deal that would end the shutdown. It’s despicable.

One politician isn’t laughing, and that’s Long Island’s own Congressman Peter King. He has been outspoken in his opposition to the tactics of ultra-conservative GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who has become the champion of this government stalemate. Cruz launched the opposition to the Affordable Care Act with a 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor.

“You have 40 Ted Cruz Republicans in the House running national policy,” King said, adding that the Republican Party has been taken over by the “Ted Cruz element.” These 30 to 40 ultra-conservative members of Congress have virtually held House Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the more moderate Republican caucus captive, causing the shutdown.

King has labeled the Cruz Republicans “yahoos,” and said he believes the American public should know that they are the ones running the show in Washington.

I give King kudos for telling it like it is. Since the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, there has been a political diaspora among Republicans, with many moderates becoming ultra-conservative. If I were still in the Senate, the “Cruz Republicans” would probably label me a liberal.

It is extremely disheartening that King is the only Republican willing to stand up to those on the hard right who have put their political agenda and their obsessive hatred of President Obama and his health care program above what’s good for this country. I urge more of the moderates in the Republican Party to follow King into action and call out the Cruz Republicans, before the damage is irreparable.

Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.


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for once I can agree with you Al and Pete King (who I only agreed with his comments about Michael Jackson)

Your Republican party has been taken over but the extreme right wind nut cases in middle america who hate our president because he is a black man. Where was the all the complaining about deficits when president Chenney put is into 2 wars without paying for them. It is the same as Nassau County were we are still paying for Tom Golluta giving away the store to the Police (just look at where all your local taxes go) to get there vote .

That is why we need to elect atheists and agnostics to our government to get rid of people who do not believe in evolution and think the bible is all true. Instead of voter registration laws there should be a voter intelligence test that if you cannot pass you cannot vote (or run for office).

Monday, October 14, 2013 | Report this

The comment from independent1 illustrates perfectly what is wrong with this country. This Bozo is quick to vilify those evil Republicans, and uses all the appropriate code words: extreme, nut case, etc. He, like all typical liberal trash also easily plays the race card.

What this moron does not and cannot understand is that most of the country, and yes, even those "middle America" types he or she despises so much are Conservative in nature. He is too stupid to use reason or rational thought that you cannot spend your way to prosperity, you cannot promise the world in free stuff without any means to pay for it, something his messiah Obama and yes, even Republicans before him have done.

I do agree with this clown that there should be a voter intelligence test for everyone. Fortunately, this deranged little man would never pass.

Monday, October 14, 2013 | Report this

Jackson I am actually liberal on social issues but fiscally conservative.

I play the race card since most polls and from listening to what they say Tea Party members and most republicans are racist @*&#^!s, there are plenty of racists on the liberal side as well.

If you listen to most economists we do need to spend our way back to recover, austerity has not worked just look at Europe and Japan as an example.

And what I said was we are in this hole because Chenney/Bush put is into 2 wars that they did not pay for (and the bills have come due) and the deregulation of laws governing Wall Street.

The problem is out government is owned by Corporations (who you must believe are people too) and is more beholden to them then to the people.

I'm sure I know more about American and World history then you will ever know (especially if you are watching Fox News)

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