Now that the shutdown follies have concluded, at least for now, a few things seem to be very clear. One is that the tea party faction of the Republican Party isn’t very good at political calculation.
Some in the tea party are calling this government shutdown a political victory for Republicans. Are these same people going to proclaim General Custer the victor at the Little Big Horn?
Another thing that seems clear is that as long as the Republican “majority” persists in the House of Representatives, the best we can hope for is that Washington is kept out of the way of an economy that is struggling to recover.
Finally, we simply can’t go on forever enabling the Republicans to dance around the fact they don’t have a constructive vision for this country’s future.
The most crucial player in the search for an improved climate for political action is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
In the 2014 midterm elections, the committee must search among the rigged Republican districts for targets that can be taken.
Proud of the Metro Parks
Our family has lived in Akron for 45 years in a neighborhood near Sand Run Metro Park. I cannot begin to count the number of times that we have used the hiking and running trails, the picnic areas and the playgrounds during that time.
We are always proud of the ways that the Metro Parks employees maintain the park and always keep it in good shape for our citizens.
Several friends from around the country have visited us, and when we show them the parks, they always comment that they wish they had such fine parks where they live.
We should be very proud of this fine asset, which enriches our lives. I urge all of you to vote for Issue 2 on Nov. 5.
William O. Brown Jr.
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate pushed the country to the brink of economic collapse. Following his vote Wednesday to send the country into economic default and keep the government shut down, Renacci proudly proclaimed on his Facebook page, “Default is not an option but neither is the status quo.”
I hope the citizens of the region understand that by forcing the government and the economy into a crisis, Renacci’s actions cost the country $12 billion, weakened the country’s economic standing in the world and harmed students, veterans and seniors alike. While the status quo may not be Renacci’s preferred option, his actions cost all of us dearly. Way to go, Jim.
Lack of service
Robert Redford says more women and young people should get into politics. I’ve been saying that for years. The good old boys of Washington have forgotten how to serve the people.