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Voice of the people

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 06:50 AM

Leaders must help, not hinder our lives

Our government has become a sad joke inside and outside of the United States. Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to finance government operations, causing part of our federal services to shut down, with 800,000 employees on furlough, causing an economic impact on communities across the country. On top of that, an increase in the U.S. debt ceiling is being questioned, which would impact our and the global economy.

Why? Because of some 35 to 40 Republican Party U.S. House representatives of the so-called “Tea Party.” Most of them have little experience in government, most of their positions safe thanks to gerrymandering of their districts under states with Republican governors and legislatures. They don’t care what the nation thinks. 

Rep. Boehner, R-Ohio, the speaker of the House, has caved in to this small reactionary faction, one energized by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another Tea Party Republican, clueless on how to act on a federal stage. Boehner may go down in history as the worst, most incompetent, leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The Republican Party is acting out its own internal problems, quite dysfunctional, and the country is suffering. They change strategies like the wind. Examples: The GOP is now offering to open bits and pieces of the federal government during the shutdown, not understanding that government agencies need to work in unison. Shut down one agency and it ripples across other agencies. The repeal or defunding of Obamacare appears no longer on the Republican list of demands, the one issue which precipitated these crises.

We are left today poorer in spirit and pocket, ashamed and embarrassed.  And I think most of us Americans are fed up with it. The job of our federal representatives is to help, not hinder, our lives.

Nicholas Freidin



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