Way to burn $24 billion!!! This cremation was brought to you, recently furloughed, anxiety-filled workers, by people who complained of the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act. This destruction was brought to you by the gang that is willing to economically destroy their own voters. This gang is willing to inflict pain on their constituents, people who in 2014 will probably vote for them again, because their constituents are people who are willing to believe that Obama is a secret Moslem who was born in Kenya, easily abused people who equate belief with fact. The exploitative, Tea Party-driven Representatives and Senators who were willing to sacrifice $24 billion in GDP in a gamble to get the President and the the Democrat-controlled Senate to kill a law that Teabaggers say is killing the economy are not hurt by what Republican Senator Richard Burr called “[t]he dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.” They will continue to receive access to excellent health care and $174,000 per year. You have to wonder where will the Teabagger Representatives and Senators get their donations as they support policies which will deplete the resources of their voters whether furloughed workers or people who were hindered by the $24 billion GDP hit and the victims of off-shoring and outsourcing? The answer is the same people who fund Heritage and Cato, the people who stand to gain the most from cheap labor and an eviscerated middle class, the people who stir antagonism for immigrants as a means of diverting attention from the off-shoring of profits and outsourcing of jobs. You guessed it the RepubliCons who are longing for an opportunity to elect a President who can put another corporations-Scalia clone on the Supreme Court. When you look at places like Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and other Red States where voters vote for people like Paul Ryan who propose to “slash spending for the poor”and “privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare” you have to know that you are dealing with people who Noam Scheiber might refer to as “aspirationally rational people too dense to grasp the big picture,” a big picture which clearly shows that they are the tools of their own destruction.