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July 28, 2013

DUVALL: Tea Party's brinksmanship routine is getting old fast

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Tonawanda News — It’s a lousy way to craft public policy and if I were a conservative I’d be irate at Tea Party legislators whose refusal to accept a fairly conservative outcome inevitably leads to a less conservative outcome because they prefer ideological purity to pragmatic policymaking.

Republicans are have turned brinksmanship into a political strategy and the country is far worse off for it.

Yes, there are big problems, though frequently they’re not as big as the GOP makes them sound. The deficit is falling, health care reform is working pretty much as planned, we’ve ended one war and are in the process of ending another. 

There’s still reform needed to Social Security and Medicare though neither system is by any means on the verge of collapse. We can cut more government spending and pass laws that will help create more jobs. 

None of this can happen if Republicans continue to insist we argue about whether or not to pay the bills.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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