Collateral damage in shutdown


Tea party Republicans shut down our government. Should they be proud? What has it cost us, the people?

As of last Thursday, the news media say $24 billion.

That is just the tax money they wasted. What about those cancer patients in experimental programs that were shut down? What about those families who don’t have jobs and needed federal assistance?

Or how about those king crab fishing boats tied up in Dutch Harbor that can’t get federal permits to pursue their “Deadliest Catch?” What about the TV producers who can’t show the king crab fishery for our entertainment? What about the Russian fleet that is poised to take over the U.S. share of the king crab market in Japan?

Federal parks and historic sites were shut down. Veterans of World War II were denied access to their memorial, and then they tore down the barricades.

Who did the Republicans blame? The Park Service that they had shut down.

A Republican congressman made a fool of himself attacking the park ranger. Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman and others made fools of themselves blaming the president for shutting down the memorial that they shut down.

The original tea-party revolted against unfair taxation and autocratic government. The new tea party protects unfair taxation and attacks democracy with extortion and sabotage.

Extortion and sabotage are punishable under the law, but the Republicans act with impunity and instead call for impeachment of the president.

For what? For being the first black American president? For trying to do what is right for the people — the majority of the people, not just the rich Republicans who have bought our political process?

House Speaker John Boehner has used the Hastert Rule to keep the House of Representatives from achieving anything meaningful for the people for five years. That rule allows only the speaker of the House to bring items up for a vote.

Do you think our Founding Fathers wanted that? That rule should be abolished so each representative has a voice in the House. And look who was behind Boehner in all those TV news bites — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Do we want that do-nothing representing us?

The Republicans want to use Gallagher’s Sledge-O-Matic to fix our government.

Let’s send people to Washington, D.C., to represent US, not millionaires and billionaires that don’t pay taxes, money that could help balance our budget and keep our economy viable.

John McKern

Walla Walla



Iopine says...

I got more chuckles out of this letter than I did out of Blondie in the funnies!

Posted 22 October 2013, 6:27 a.m. Suggest removal

PeggyJoy says...

You find John's letter amusing! How about billions the Republicans blown, because of "THEIR" shut down. I bet you even find it amusing the trillions of dollars the previous Republican administration blew on invading Iraq on trumpted up lies. How about the 4,000+ men/women, that died during the invasion of Iraq, and how about Barabara Bush stating on the Diane Sawyer, that she could worry her little head about how many of our men/women came home in body bags?

How about it Nam? What else makes you chuckle?

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:02 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Your posts make me chuckle! You actually blow off like this bloated government that is so incompetent that we are about to go bankrupt.

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:19 p.m. Suggest removal

bj84711 says...

We can't balance the budget while continuing to raise the debt ceiling. You can't have big government and a balanced budget. Math just doesn't work.

Posted 22 October 2013, 10:15 a.m. Suggest removal

mckernj says...

We balance our budget by not spending more than we take in. How big should government be? It should be big enough to provide the protection and services we, the people, need. We have to provide enough funds to achieve that. Too many rich people and corporations are taking advantage of our benefits without paying their fair share. Sane and reasonable reduction of government along with increased revenue from the wealthy are necessary if we are to survive and thrive in the world.

Posted 22 October 2013, 1:52 p.m. Suggest removal

PeggyJoy says...

What do you suggest? Not pay our bills. Do you believe that China, Russia and Japan will say "That's Ok, wait until next month, etc?"
Sounds like credit card holders, that don't pay their bills. Seems they all believe the "good fairy" is going to pay them!

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:04 p.m. Suggest removal

wwguy7 says...

When do we stop Peggy? Do we just keep borrowing and kicking the can down the road? It's called shrinking our massive government and trimming the fat. We obviously need to pay our bills, but let's not pass the buck to the next generation.

Posted 24 October 2013, 9:10 a.m. Suggest removal

loplover says...

Great letter! Those of you like the first reply to this letter are so blinded by the lies and bigotry that spews out of right-wing hate media and your own obvious racism are going to be left behind in the dirt as the nation moves on. No American president in history has had to tolerate the abuse, insults, and obstruction of his policies that this one has. And why? Other, of course, than the fact that the media power-brokers such as faux and AM Hate Radio have become so powerful and so adept at propaganda and jingoism that they can't stand the fact that their favored candidate for president was defeated by a landslide. The only other reason is simple racism and xenophobia. Period. And the pool of citizens who are willing to be so blatant in their white supremacist beliefs is dying. Younger Americans could care less if our President is black, Hispanic, female, gay, or atheist. They simply want a government that works and one that hasn't already sold its' soul to the corporate entities that so desire to be the true rulers of what was once a democracy "by, for, and of the people."

Posted 22 October 2013, 2:01 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Everyone has a right to a opinion.... This is yours....

Posted 22 October 2013, 3:06 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

loplover - Why is it that the only mention of race and dissention comes from people such as yourself? There is not one mention of race or ethnicity in any of the above comments with exception of the contents of the letter. It is a fact that conservatives that comment on this Adminstration are knowledgeable enough to realize the incompetency that is occuring and the Progressive Liberals are in a blind love affair! There is only a certain number of race baiters and it is not on the Right.

Posted 22 October 2013, 3:55 p.m. Suggest removal

PeggyJoy says...

Why don't you watch something else, besides Fox News, and listen to Rush, Hannity, Coulter, and the other racist right-wing Republicans.
And your just blowing wind, when you state, that Republicans are not racist. They are.........and you damn well know it. You really believe people are that ignorant, that they haven't added up why the Southern Bible Belt Republicans are so against Pres. Obama. They are doing everything under their power to destroy him, in hopes, that we will never have a minority of any kind as president of this country, whether the person is black, Hispanic, Indian, Chinese, etc.

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:16 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...


Posted 24 October 2013, 6:23 a.m. Suggest removal

PeggyJoy says...

Yes, John McKern's letter is a great letter. Too bad, that many like NamVet finds it amusing.

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:09 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Have you ever figured out if your drawing Soc Sec or a pension? Your ignorance has brought an odor of Dago Red with it!

Posted 23 October 2013, 3:22 p.m. Suggest removal

thrifty says...

Those of you who think this letter is well written should read the letter written by Craig Buchanan in tonight's paper. Craig's letter is about your belief in this questionable leader.

Our government must reduce its spending and those dependent upon that spending need to reorient their thinking - to use a popular term it is not sustainable. As much as I dislike it probably social security and Medicare need to be discussed and changed. In addition many other programs like unemployment and food stamps will also need to be altered. Higher federal, state, and local taxes aren't the answer.

The time has come where people need to develop their work skills rather than dream about ways to let someone else support their lazy habits. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers may not be doing what you want but remember that she is a person who is gaining power in the House and one day can do things for you that others can not. Our former Representative Foley once held a similar position and he did things for both parties that couldn't have been done by someone of lessor stature. He didn't stand up for flakey ideas but if it was something sound he would go to bat for you regardless of your patrician belief. I suspect that our current representative would do the same.

Posted 22 October 2013, 5:34 p.m. Suggest removal

wwguy7 says...

This is very well said. Thank you for being reasonable!

Posted 24 October 2013, 9:12 a.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...


I cannot believe you honestly believe all conservative people are racists.. Just because we see things about this President we don't like. I don't care what his race is... or where he was born.... what his job used to be.... who his wife is..... color of his dog etc.

I listen to Fox, CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS, ABC and NPR to get my information... And yes on occasion I listen to Rush (although a little goes a very long way). In this day and age, you have to get all of these in to really make a informed opinion of a President's work, because ***ALL*** of them are biased opinion news agencies.

If I don't like his job performance why does that make me a racist? Yes, I will agree that there are some out there you might be racist and will do strange things to oust this Democratic President, just like there were people who tried to get rid of past Republican Presidents (John Hinkley Jr.) but I know there is NO WAY you can honestly and rightfully lump all ANTI-Obama people together, that sounds a lot like profiling!

Just like Republicans cannot say all Democrats want to shoot Republican Presidents.

Posted 24 October 2013, 6:39 a.m. Suggest removal

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