Letter: Republican tactic makes no sense

I have several comments about the continuing and shameful government shutdown:

1. The extreme right wing of the Republican Party agenda is privileging the rich at the expense of the working class, which makes no sense as most of the tea party folk are from the working class.

2. Choice when it comes to health care is spurious when you can’t afford a doctor’s care.

3. A significant degree of regulation is essential to the expression of freedom in any meaningful way.

4. We are failing as a nation to deal with the basic problem underpinning late global capitalism, which is rampant financial speculation by bankers. Remember the financial meltdown of 2008? Remember that no one has yet been punished for that despite Obama’s blandishments that they would be?

— Toby Widdicombe