To the Editor:
Lonnie Barham should change the name of his column from “My Take on the News” to “A Tea Party Take on the News.” Apparently, there is nothing the Republicans can do wrong, to him, and nothing the Democrats can do right. Everything he says further exposes his biased views. It would be too exhaustive and space-consuming to repudiate everything he’s said, so let’s look at some most recent tripe.
According to Mr. Barham, Obamacare (which will allow millions without insurance the chance to get it for themselves and their family) will deprive others of what they now have. Is that Obamacare’s fault or is it greedy owners who are using the bill to deprive their own workers while furthering their own profits? If there are inequities within the act, they should be addressed in Congress. But, rather than fix problems in the statute, Republicans sit on their hands and only vote to destroy the program.
Today, Mr. Barham proclaimed that the closing of the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey was someone other than the governor’s fault. This despite emails showing virtually everyone in Christie’s office was in on the scheme. Mr. Barham makes a big deal out of the governor firing Bridget Kelly for the fiasco. One would hope she had been canned for inflicting untold pain on the citizens of Fort Lee and everyone traveling interstate on those four days, but no. He fired her because she “lied” to him, not because she closed the bridge. When Mr. Samson, bridge director and a Christie appointee (as well as former state Attorney General) learned, at Easter in 2011, that there had been a three-to-five hour delay at a bridge to Staten Island, he responded forcefully, reaming out his underlings and publicly apologizing for the inconvenience. But when the GWB experience a four-day – not hour but day – shutdown, he said not one word, not even to this day. In fact, one of Christie’s men who ordered the closure e-mailed that Samson was aiding in the cover-up (the nonsensical “traffic study” no one else knew about).
I don’t know about anyone else, but when I was working I had a little leeway in doing my job. But I wouldn’t make a drastic change in what the boss wanted without getting his permission first. That’s what makes it hard to believe that, while everyone else in his office knew about the closure and/or was involved in the action, Governor Christie stood remote from the fray. If he didn’t know, he was incompetent; if he did, then he was complicit.
Why do I ascribe “Tea Party” to Mr. Barham? Because in all the space he devoted to bashing Democrats and praising Republicans and crying over some who lost health insurance, he failed to mention that over one million people have not only lost health insurance, they may lose their house while they try to find funds to feed their children. All this because the right refused to restore unemployment insurance. They offered a specious argument that the payment hindered people from seeking work, ignoring the fact that their own president allowed the economy to collapse to the point where there is no work to be had. Instead of talking about that situation, Mr. Barham wants to excoriate Democrats for the evil they are doing to Chris Christie’s sterling reputation.