After witnessing John Boehner’s incompetent lack of leadership over the past three years, I must agree that Republicans are the problem. His side of Congress has made its sole purpose to stonewall the president, while accomplishing next to nothing. Now they have shut down the government as leverage against Obamacare.
The levels of hypocrisy and irony involved in their so-called principled stand are thick and many.
Say whatever you like about President Obama and the Affordable Care Act (there is plenty to criticize), but it became law by legitimate channels (Congress). When later challenged as unconstitutional by the sore-loser Republicans, Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court.
So, reform it in time if you like, or suggest tweaking it before the 11th hour. But, really, take your ball home and stall the government as a temper tantrum? That’s leadership?
If I had my way, all of Congress (including Democrats I voted for) would be recalled for dereliction of duty. I know that if I were as gridlocked and unproductive at my job, I would be relieved of it.
Most workers certainly would expect the same thing for not performing their job.
To those who argue that we need experienced persons in Congress, how could they do worse than doing nothing? Voters should take a serious look at their performance when they come around for re-election.
Members of Congress woke up this morning with their jobs intact (jobs its members are shirking), and that’s more than 800,000 federal workers can say. Those workers couldn’t even go visit a national park on their day off to forget their troubles.
Leaders are supposed to lead and get things done, solving problems, instead of becoming the problem. Can’t lead? Get out of the way.
When did a Democratic Congress ever stand in the way of a president as this Republican group has with President Obama?
Taking a stand is one thing, but it’s just poor form to try to win back something you already lost fairly.
President Lincoln, who struggled and wrung out the most important piece of legislation ever with his opponents (the 13th Amendment) has to be spinning in his grave. President Obama several times properly requested better ideas for a health-care plan. None was offered.
Shutting down the government really doesn’t do much for the economy that Republican are constantly criticizing the president about.
Speaker Boehner and members of Congress were elected to solve problems. Perhaps in the meantime, they could dock their own pay to help create a relief fund for the workers just furloughed without reason.
Robert J. Schehl
How to weigh in on Obamacare
As we know, a few years ago, the Democrats pushed through Congress the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. With it being implemented, we are seeing the serious weaknesses of the plan.
Now the Republican-led House is trying to use the current year’s government funding bill as the means to hold off the implementation of Obamacare.
The Democratic-led Senate is refusing to go along with the Republicans in delaying implementation .
By holding up government funding, Republicans are giving the American people the chance to decide if they want Obamacare in its present form.
If you want Obamacare, as it currently stands, then contact your Republican member of Congress, and let him or her know that you want the Senate’s version of the government funding bill.
If you do not want Obamacare, or want to push back Obamacare for another year, then contact the White House and your senators (especially if they are Democrats), and tell them to vote for the House government funding plan.
Bugged by NSA criticism
I read with incredulity the Oct. 1 letter “Questions to ask on NSA bugging,” in which the writer asks for “the current justification for the expense and effort to keep all this surveillance operational … to protect us from terrorists.”
Readers were left to presume the writer’s knowledge of the operational functionality of both terrorists and the National Security Agency and that the NSA should simply fold its tent and spare the American taxpayers its future futility in defending our nation. The truth is, absolutely nothing could possibly be further from being accurate.
First, with all due respect, I would suggest that the letter writer clearly knows next to nothing of terrorists’ global communication networks;.Second, I would suggest that he’s obviously operating from even less of a knowledge base of how the NSA (and the rest of the U.S. intelligence community) goes about defending this country on a daily basis.
The writer seemed all too dismissive of the NSA, an absolutely irreplaceable arm of our nation’s intelligence apparatus.
Such a disparaging focus belies the nightmarish memory of the worst day in American history, when commercial airliners flew into both towers of the World Trade Center.
A pope’s visionary leadership
I have been reading many articles on Pope Francis over the past two months, and I have been extremely impressed with what he says he really would like to do.
It is about time that a pope looks at issues such as priests staying celibate, homosexuality and taking care of the poor and needy in the world.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that religious leaders should not marry. This was a decision made almost a 1,000 years ago by the Vatican because wives were getting the property of priests when they died, instead of the church.
How we dealt with homosexuality will be, I hope, looked back on as horrifying and immoral, just like we look at the way blacks were being treated in the 1940s through the 1960s.
The Catholic Church, with its billions in art, literature and other assets, should be the world leader in giving to those whose need is the most. Any person who is a true follower of Jesus Christ knows that he spent his life helping and giving to others.
My hope is that Pope Francis will be able to live long enough to see some of these positive changes actually occur.
Marines take responsibility
It was announced recently that two Marine generals would be retired for their part in failing to secure a base in Afghanistan that was attacked on Sept. 14, 2012, by the Taliban (“Generals forced out for breach of security,” Oct. 1).
This attack led to the deaths of two Marines, the wounding of eight others and the destruction of six Harrier jets. Two other Harrier jets were damaged.
While it took over a year for the blame to be assessed, it stands in sharp contrast to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 ,where four Americans died and the consulate and other buildings were destroyed.
To date, no responsibility has been handed down for the failure to guard against such an attack on the anniversary of 9/11.
The United States should have been prepared for such an incident, knowing full well the significance of that day to terrorists.
In fact, everyone highly involved in the decision-making process, including President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have done everything possible to pass off blame for the incident, along with all sorts of other excuses to try and sweep the attack under the political rug.
The Marines did the right thing in assigning responsibility for a failure that cost lives and millions of dollars in military equipment. Wouldn’t it be great if our politicians would take a page from this book of responsibility and own up to their failures and mistakes?
But then, most politicians are more concerned with covering up their mistakes so they can get re-elected than in taking responsibility for their actions.
Protection for highway workers
The state legislature needs to act on House Bill 172 to protect our workers.
The bill aims to enhance Ohio’s highway safety by including highway maintenance vehicles in the “move over” statute that already applies to roadside service vehicles, public safety and emergency vehicles.
The bill states that if a driver is travelling on a highway with at least two lanes that carry traffic in the same direction, the driver, with due regard to the road, weather and traffic conditions, shall change lanes into a nonadjacent lane of the stationary highway maintenance vehicle; or, if it is unsafe to do so, to slow down and proceed with caution.
The House has passed the bill, and it is now time for the Senate to move a bill to the governor to make our state highway workers safer.
William E. Snow