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It is critical that we have a simple, short, easy way to communicate and understand analysis of this ridiculously stupid self-administered crisis to the American government and economy. I'm gonna try. I invite others to submit alternate explanations.

Please remember, this is not for people reading this blog, but for others we will talk to:

    - This crisis is totally unnecessary and a creation of folks who want to undermine  
      American democracy, huge and powerful billionaires who are destroying the country.
    - The Koch boys, Grover Norquist and the Club for Growth, and Heritage Action met  
      six months ago and planned this shutdown.
    - 20 million people have already signed up or tried to sign up for Obamacare aka the
      Affordable Care Act.
    - The radical right-wingers in Congress tried to repeal Obamacare 42 times, but
      couldn't. So they and their puppet masters, the plutocrats determined to defund it.
    - These same radical right-wingers are trying extort the President and the American
      people, drastically cut the budget and end Obamacare to raise the debt limit and
      end the shutdown.
    - Their actions are un-American. They are refusing to follow the Constitution and the
      role of the Congress in running the American government.
    - Using the authority of one branch of government to extort another (the President)
      is treasonous and sets a very dangerous precedent.
    - It is essential to the future of America that President Obama not give in to
      extortion, that the Congress do its job and get America back to work.

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