Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I am greatly dismayed at the infantile approach on display in the House and Senate showing us government in its most dysfunctional state.
I urge our congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and her colleagues to rise above the small-mindedness that appears to engulf them. Authentic compromise is not an evil, but a necessary function of good government. Or to alter a phrase, government is not the problem; bad government is the problem.
Improving access to health care for all Americans is not un-American and is not evil.
Extensive give and take took place to get to the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Some of the aspects of the law that are disliked by both sides arose from those compromises.
If a legislator doesn’t like the current health care reform law (maybe because he or she thinks that not enough people will have access to health care or that costs are still not being controlled), then the legislator ought to persuade other legislators to vote for better legislation that he or she crafts. To date, nothing has been brought forward by House or Senate Republicans.
It is inane to poison the operation of government or the economy as a whole by pining for a vote lost three years ago.
Shutting down the government will cause direct harm to tens of millions of other Americans and deny the services that provides for the health and safety and well being of all of us.
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