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Thursday, October 17, 2013
The plot to shut down our government
On Aug. 21, 80 representatives from the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter penned by Rep. Mark Meadows and addressed to Speaker John Boehner. The purpose of the letter was to ask Boehner to threaten to shut down the U.S. government if Obamacare was not defunded. The shutdown was a plan started in August.
Obamacare is a name some people have given the Affordable Care Act. It was passed by both legislative houses. In March 2010, it was signed into law by President Obama. On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled the requirement of each individual to obtain health insurance (known as the mandate) was constitutional.
Since then, the House of Representatives has tried 42 times to repeal or defund Obamacare. All of these efforts have failed.
Eighty legislators, out of 435 members who make up the House of Representatives, are raising a ruckus. They have every right to keep on trying to repeal or amend the law. But the government needs to be funded now. Contact your representatives and insist they reopen the government without stipulation. And then encourage them to get on with the business of running said government, our United States of America.
An abysmal federal spending spree
The Roanoke Times on Oct. 2 published three lengthy articles. All three writers, Andy Schmookler (“An adverse shift in the balance”), Edward Wyckoff Williams (“Poor white cash: the GOP and food stamps”) and Craig Ricketts (“Shoddy treatment of hard-working people”), excoriated Republicans in general, and two of them Rep. Bob Goodlatte in particular, for attempting, in a small way, to reign in the insanely out-of-control federal spending. They should just be overjoyed that Obamacare has begun. What will it really take to make them happy and satisfied?
These three grown men obviously still believe in Santa Claus and that he will show up soon and pay off our $17 trillion debt.
This will be great relief to the Federal Reserve Bank, which is currently having to buy up $85 billion of deficit spending every month to keep the government operating. These dollars are just being created out of thin air. They have no real basis for existing and thus no actual worth.
Could one of these deep-thinking gentlemen address my old-fashioned concerns and explain how much longer we can continue down this bankrupt path?
Thank them in advance, but know they will not answer my question.
FRANK F. ELLIS III
Lock down Washington
We Americans should demand that our elected leaders in Congress and the executive branch expeditiously act to fund government operations and deal with the debt ceiling.
With no adult supervision in Washington over elected officials who have not learned to play well together, we should call for a meeting of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, the 100 members of the Senate, and the president and vice president. They should meet in the House chamber, as is done for the State of the Union Address.
Once the 537 elected officials are in the room, the exits would be locked. The doors would be opened only for staffers who can write legislation, lug in cases of bottled water and trail mix, and wheel in five port-a-johns (one for every 107 attendees).
No elected official would be allowed to leave the chamber until legislation is written, adopted by Congress and signed into law by the president.
No meals, pizzas, TV, newspapers, beds or clean clothes could enter the chamber. Conjugal visits, of course, would be out of the question.
I predict that our elected officials — tired, hungry, media-deprived, smelly and lovelorn — would reach agreement within three days.
JAMES W. MORRISON
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