Printed letters, October 16, 2013
As the punitive government shutdown continues some very disturbing facts are emerging.
✓ Closing the World War II Memorial was a travesty. Only after an outcry were veterans allowed to cross the barricades to the open-air memorial.
✓ With national parks closed we now learn park rangers have been instructed by their superiors to make the shutdown as painful as possible for Americans. For example, public views of Mount Rushmore have been blocked, open-air memorials such as the Lincoln Memorial were closed and even trailhead parking lots on federal lands have been blocked — more evidence that the administration is trying to inflict the greatest pain on us. What kind of government does this? This can’t be the United States.
✓ The National Institutes of Health have shut down, preventing cancer treatments for children. Why are these innocent children being caught in the crossfire of political games?
✓ Death benefits for veterans killed in Afghanistan were being denied until there was another outcry.
But alas, President Obama has made one exception. He allowed an illegal immigration, pro-amnesty rally on the National Mall in Washington last week. This is an abomination. We Americans are fools if we do nothing about this madness.
Am I the only person who smells a rat in the way the situation is being manipulated by the current administration?
If some are suffering, then all should suffer
Excuse me, but why do you think bike racers should not “suffer” but it is OK for children to be sent home from Head Start, food inspectors to be laid off and workers to get no paychecks while congressmen collect theirs?
I do not agree with you at all on this: I feel if some are suffering because of this foolishness, then all of us should share in that pain. I do not want to break into any parks while my son is at his home with no job, no pay and no end in sight. I do not want Arizona or any state to pay to have their pet places opened while people without that connection have no advocate.
What happened to “working for the common good “or “taking care of the least of my brothers?” Those are ideas that this country was built on – not “I want my part or park or pay to be there – but too bad about the rest of you with no platform – just go without and deal with it.”
Colorado should assume control of national monument
Realizing that members of Congress aren’t the brightest people, I would point out that federal employees are likely going to be paid for their “vacation.” We have rangers in place keeping people out of the people’s park. We know a citizen is unable to appreciate Colorado National Monument unless a park ranger is there to collect fees.
Fire the rangers, put a lock on the visitor center and campground and have the Colorado Highway Patrol drive across occasionally. Why pay the government twice for the job it isn’t doing (and is going to pay the people for, anyway). Rep. Ray Scott has the right idea in taking the monument back from the government and running it from Colorado.
Obama plays power politics to decimate Republican Party
So many Obama administration scandals have piled up that Congress and the people can’t keep up with them. They are difficult to resolve because the president of the United State appears to have more knowledge than he is willing to admit.
The phrase, “What do you know and when did you know it?” should be changed to, “What do you know and why are you lying about it?”
What is scary is that the president may intentionally not be negotiating the debt limit. Senate President Harry Reid is acting like a Mack truck driver who has had to put on chains in the middle of a snowstorm on Eisenhower Pass.
Obama is attempting to decimate the Republican Party and there are no holds barred. Look at the lies they told about the consequences of the sequester and then denied they had anything to do with the legislation.
I think Obama’s plan is to push the debt ceiling negotiations close enough to the deadline so that it will temporarily tank the stock market. Politically, he thinks he has nothing to lose. Wound the Republicans with one more negative tactic. Stir the tea party pot. Make them all humble. Blame the market scare on the other party, and Obama will come to the rescue.
With the budget mess and the looming Obamacare disaster, he is going to have to get lucky.
WILLIAM F. MCKNIGHT
Republicans are irrational on major national issues
Rep. Scott Tipton and his fellow Republicans in the House blocked a vote on a bill that would have ended the government shutdown. Whether or not you agree with the bill, it is wrong to block it from coming to the floor for a vote. Now we are hearing some Republicans say that defaulting on the national debt wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Are these people crazy?
First they dismiss the advice of the scientific community on a wide variety of issues. Now they dismiss the advice of economists and business leaders on managing our nation’s finances.
The last time Republicans threatened to default on our nation’s debt, our borrowing costs went up and it added to our national debt. Now they are threatening to do it again and further increase our national debt.
Is anyone surprised that the political party that dislikes government also happens to be the one that’s the worst at running it?
President must accept onus of spiraling national debt
I am not crazy enough to think that failing to raise the debt limit is a good idea, nor is a government shutdown necessarily a good idea, but I do think the president should have to eat his own words.
Here’s what then-Sen. Barack Obama said in 2006:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
I’m sure that perspectives change when a community organizer and junior senator from Illinois suddenly becomes president of the United States, but in this case the failure of leadership is Obama’s.
R. LANCE WADE
Tipton’s office conveniently closed during the shutdown
I went to Rep. Scott Tipton’s office in Grand Junction to voice my displeasure at his stubborn insistence on continuing to harm America with the tea party government shutdown only to find out that the office was closed because of the shutdown.
How convenient that Tipton doesn’t have to listen to his constituents’ displeasure because of his own actions. This is the political equivalent of putting his fingers in his ears and humming while the rest of us suffer.
The GOP is to blame for this mess, and the GOP needs to get out of the way of America’s recovery. We need a clean continuing resolution and a clean bill to increase the debt ceiling so we can get on with America’s business.