I'm disappointed by U.S. Rep. Jim Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, for his recent comments about the Republicans' heroic struggle to shut down the government and prevent increased access to affordable health care. He's trying to soften his position to make it appeal to liberals. He doesn't have to do that in Oklahoma! He doesn't have to pretend he's concerned about ordinary Americans. He can state what conservatives truly believe and proclaim it proudly.
Lankford should follow the example of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and point out that if Obamacare is implemented, people will become “addicted to the sugar” — they'll realize that the Affordable Care Act could be a government program that works and it benefits ordinary Americans.
Conservatives don't like government programs that benefit ordinary Americans. They think that the only legitimate function of government is to make sure corporations and rich people make as much money as possible, regardless of the consequences for the rest of us. Lankford should state this position forthrightly and proclaim it proudly, for it's what conservatives truly believe.
Lee Agnew, Oklahoma City
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