Letters to the Editor

Letter: Not representative

October 5, 2013


To the editor:

Sen. Jerry Moran’s quote in a recent Journal-World story blames President Obama and Democrats for refusing “to come to the table and work toward a responsible solution with those who disagree with them.” He goes on to assert that Democrats “would rather shut down the government than negotiate.” Moran’s assessment (ahem) of the situation is nothing less than rhetorical obfuscation. In fact, the ones shutting down the government are those who cannot accept that the Affordable Care Act is the law.

Republicans want it delayed one year, or there will be no budget negotiations. No logical reason has been offered for this request.

The ACA was on Obama’s agenda when he was elected president; the Supreme Court has upheld the opposition’s efforts to deem it unconstitutional, and Congress has recklessly spent the taxpayers’ money using time and resources trying to the repeal the law 40 times. As House Speaker John Boehner defends these pointless maneuvers, he declares his party is speaking for the “American public.” Let’s be clear. The only “public” he is speaking for are tea party members, their elected officials and others who want to simply see a failed Obama presidency.


Abdu Omar 4 years, 6 months ago

I, too, am sickened to death with the way the government is not working. Is it prejudice? Is it foolishness? I wonder.

The ACA is law! if you don't like it repeal it but if you can't, you must fund it! This point of contention is and will always be what a few want. Have they really asked the poor people who need this medical care what they think? I doubt it.

Fund the government and let's get on with business of the PEOPLE!!

lcarol 4 years, 6 months ago

Republicans carry copies of the Constitution in the pockets to wave at what they deem an appropriate time but are blindly ignoring the rules of order in a democracy. The Affordable Care Act is law! If you want to repeal a law you must gain a majority in both houses to vote the law down. You cannot just have a snot- filled temper tantrum in the middle of the floor like a two year old.

We can rail against the dysfunction in Washington but there is only one way to settle this. We the people have got to get off the couch, off the blogs, educate ourselves to the positions our elected officials take and commit ourselves to electing people who logically process information, who look to larger issues and eliminate from the roles of Congress those who see their service to this nation as hostage takers. I believe even Republicans are waking up to the real clear danger that our democracy hangs in the balance. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

wastewatcher 4 years, 6 months ago

Leaders lead and phoneys watch. Obama's watching and not leading, that is simply the truth of the matter and our government is shut down. Surely there is plenty of blame for everyone, but there is only leader of our great country and he is missing in action.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 6 months ago

No he isn't. Not by a long shot. He's made it VERY plain that he will not give in to the demands of an obstructionist minority. That's far from "doing nothing".

Armstrong 4 years, 6 months ago

" I'm done negotiating" Barry O' 10/1/13. There's your leadership

jafs 4 years, 6 months ago

The law was passed, signed by the president, and upheld by the SC (almost in it's entirety, with a couple of changes).

Apparently, the "clean" CR would pass by a majority in the House if put to a vote.

Why do you think that anybody should "negotiate" with a small minority determined to obstruct?

The place for negotiations etc. is during the time bills are discussed, debated and voted on. Once they've been passed, especially if upheld by the SC, the minority has lost the debate.

Trumbull 4 years, 6 months ago

President Obama is leading. To cater to these Tea Partiers is acting against our constitution and our democracy. The ACA is law! Also what LCarol and wounded soldier said.

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