Representative John Kline

An open letter to John Kline

Dear Mr. John Kline:

I listened with great interest to your comments as played on NPR this morning. In them, you in essence joined your fellow John Birch Astroturfed Tea Partiers in Congress in denying that shutting down the government, or even defaulting on the debts you made it run up by backing the Bush tax cuts and wars, would hurt the US all that much.

It’s hard to tell whether you are serious or just spouting tough-guy jargon because you fear looking “weak.” But here are a few things that you and your fellow arsonists might not have taken into consideration – namely, around two million things, the approximate number of Federal government employees. This does not include troops of which we have another 1.4 million, so actually we’re looking at approximately 3.4 million things.

By the time you read this, John Kline, all Federal government employees and military troops will probably have been told something along the lines of the following sentence:”If the shutdown looks like it will last more than two weeks, apply for unemployment money.”

Do you realize what that means, Mr. Kline?

Do you?

Yes, yes, we know that the first bite of your insanity apple, the shutdown, will “only” affect 800,000 people. But the debt limit crisis is following in a few days, and that affects all Federal employees.

Subtracting the troops serving overseas, who you apparently want to suffer in place, that’s nearly three million people nationwide hitting unemployment offices, all at once.

Do you realize what that means to the state governments you and your colleagues have already worked to deprive of Federal aid?

Do you?

Furthermore, a lot of these people, like so many persons in what used to be America’s middle classes until you guys decided that cutting rich people’s taxes was more desirable than a healthy and sound country, are living paycheck to paycheck. What happens to them when they run out of options? Who do you think they are likeliest to blame?

I await your reply.

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