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Thursday, October 10, 2013
House is just trying to do its job
The House should continue to offer to fund only certain parts of the government. It should either refuse to fund any part of Obamacare or fund 100 percent of it, with no exemptions and no subsidies for anybody, including unions, big business, Congress members, their staff or President Obama (who should have been the first to sign up. Unfortunately, the man is not a leader).
House members must do what they were elected to do, and that is to be in charge of spending. They should continue to refuse to fund Obamacare.
The longer we go with this government shutdown, the more we prove the federal government is overstaffed and overfunded. Now is the time to reduce the federal government, spending and the deficit.
With shutdown, it’s time for change
The facts are actually simple. The Affordable Care Act was legally passed into law. Those who oppose it are within their rights to repeal it legally, but despite their claims about the law’s unpopularity, they cannot muster the votes to do this.
Radicals in the House, by a scant majority of 54 percent, have chosen extortion instead, linking their approval of funding for the entire government to the defunding or delay of the program. Our own congressman, Bob Goodlatte, brags about his role in this in an e-mail to constituents dated Sept. 29.
He argues that the government shutdown is “Senate-induced,” due to that body’s refusal to accept the House’s ultimatum. In logic and elegance, his rhetoric matches that of the schoolyard bully, who justifies his actions with the claim, “He hit me back first!”
Goodlatte’s confusion and weak reasoning on the issue lead me to believe he has been exhausted by his 20 years in Congress, and it is finally time for a change in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District.
Vote for Medlin in 19th House race
Voters in the 19th House of Delegates District have a real choice to make on Nov. 5.
For the first time in half a century, the district is guaranteed a new legislator. Lewis Medlin is a veteran, a business owner and one of us. He is focused on the issues Virginians care about: education, the economy and making sure Virginia comes first.
I encourage voters from Botetourt, Bedford and Allegheny counties to join me in sending Medlin to Richmond to represent us.
AARON B. LYLES
The GOP is doing the will of the people
The media are making a big issue of the government shutting down, but that is not the issue that is the problem. Furloughed workers will receive back pay when the shutdown is over. Only non-essential employees will be furloughed, so essential services will be unaffected. It will be short, so there will be no catastrophic results.
The issue that is the problem is the Obamacare disaster. Senate Democrats are not listening to the overwhelming will of the people to rid the country of this massive social engineering exercise.
Republicans in the House, who face re-election every two years, must listen to their constituents. They have heard loud and clear that the Affordable Care Act is not affordable, not about care at all, but only about control over the lives of Americans.
We don’t want government-rationed health care, we don’t want death panels, we don’t want anything associated with Obamacare. To fix this problem, Congress needs to repeal Obamacare, then pass a budget and operate within it.
Republicans have lost people’s trust
As a student and teacher of history and political science, I didn’t know a law could be repealed without the legislative process. I combed through each section of the Constitution and found no mention or precedent for such a repeal.
That doesn’t seem to matter to Republican congressional members. They have taken it upon themselves to deny Americans the benefit of democracy. Current Republicans act as if they are entitled to special considerations in spite of the Constitution — even though they lost the last two national elections and do not control every branch of government.
If Republicans don’t like the Affordable Care Act, and that’s all this shutdown is about, use the legislative process to change it. Usurping the Constitution by misinformation, lies and political terrorism is an act of treason.
Republicans have sold out their integrity and shot themselves in the foot with Sen. Ted Cruz. He’s a Democrat’s best friend and my personal choice for a dunce hat centerfold in GQ Magazine.
Do the right thing, Republicans. Dump the tea party and win back the respect and trust of the American people.
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