I believe Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have been acting like little kids, with a great deal at stake for all Americans. Each side has acted as if it will take its ball and go home if it doesn’t get its way.
The Democrats said they would not let the Affordable Care Act, which is a law now in this country, be held hostage by the Republicans, while the Republicans wanted to address our country’s out-of- control spending.
Our president has not shown any leadership in the crisis. He should have shown leadership (that is what he was elected for), not sat on the sidelines waiting for something to be hammered out in Congress.
In my opinion, our president should have stepped up at this time of crisis and led us out of it. Compromise should not have rested with Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, or anyone else in either party, but with our president.
A Republican, Grover Norquist, once said: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” Was he wrong?
The Affordable Care Act is not at issue now, but rather our country’s spending. If spending was not the issue, why was it that we needed to increase our country’s debt limit?
I do not know anyone in this country or any other country in the world who can, for a long period of time, run his or her household or business with more spending then revenues.
This government’s out-of-control spending must stop. Our government must get spending under control. Increasing our debit limit for a few months is surely not the answer.
Both our president and Congress need to put their big boy pants on and address the issue, not kick the can further down the road.
They should spend only what the government takes in; I think that is what we are paying them to do. Right now, all of them are not working for this great country.
I will leave you with one fact. Since our president took office, our country’s welfare rolls have doubled. How much is that costing all of us?
Not the answer
No political party has a monopoly on truth, but the Republicans are way off base on the problems facing the U.S. today. Shutting down the government is not the correct way to get what you want. The Affordable Care Act may not be perfect — though it is too early to make changes yet.
I have rarely voted Republican since I was able to vote in 1952, and the performance of the Republicans lately makes me wonder if I ever will vote for a Republican again. I believe any thinking American will feel much the same way. I think they need to assume responsibility.
Richard H. Roser
From reading the letters sent to this column, it is obvious that there is an abundance of very interested, concerned, caring people with strong views on who is to blame for the seeming dysfunction emanating from Washington, and what the left and the right stand for.
Before I take a strong position on an issue, I recall a line from an old Beatles tune, “You can get it wrong, and still you think that it’s all right.”
So, in regard to the debt ceiling, the tactics of the politicians, annual deficits and the national debt itself, I offer the following for each of us: Can you define inflation, its effects and what causes it? Can you define a trillion dollars (let alone 16.7 of them), and relate that to the country’s annual tax revenues?
If you cannot answer these questions, you perhaps have adopted someone else’s position, rather than your own, on these issues.