Not the way to change law you dislike
This is the most do-nothing Congress in the nation’s history. Obstructionism is the cause.
One political party shut down the government to try to stop a law that was duly passed and subsequently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. There are legislative processes to address amending or changing a law you do not like. Shutting down the government to stop implementation of a law is totally irresponsible.
Think of the precedent this would set. Every time one party passes a law, the other party shuts down the government to stop it.
Don’t like the Affordable Care Act? Then use the processes in place to try to change it.
Al Mumm, Omaha
No big deal? Federal workers are hurting
I’m shocked to hear a laughing Rep. Lee Terry state that the government shutdown is no big deal and nobody is getting hurt. Most government employees are not overpaid — as Terry and his colleagues are — and after months of the sequestration many are already feeling the pain of tight budgets.
It’s a real shame that the salaries for members of Congress continue to be paid after they voted to stop pay for other government workers.
Rick Madej, Omaha
What if shoe were on other foot, GOP?
I have a question for people decrying the name-calling by Democrats: Would you feel the same way if the Democrats forced a shutdown because the House wouldn’t pass their bill on gun control or immigrants?
And there’s a huge difference between the issues. The Affordable Care Act has been extensively debated, passed by both houses of Congress, signed into law and upheld by the Supreme Court. In addition, repealing the ACA was a major part of the Republican platform in the 2012 election. The people spoke, and Barack Obama was re-elected.
The Republicans are doing nothing less than trying to nullify the last election.
Errol Waits, Omaha
We need the rodeo clown in White House
Watching President Obama stumble-bumble around his Syrian “red line” made me wonder if that rodeo clown with the Obama mask was in the White House.
Now Obama has drawn another red line over the federal budget and says he won’t negotiate with Congress. He was able to keep his tough-guy image on Syria when Vladimir Putin saved him with a solution. For the budget blunder, Obama can count on the lap-dog media to throw all the blame for the shutdown on the Republicans.
Where’s the rodeo clown when we need him?
Joe Gorman, Council Bluffs
We elected the political demigods
Congratulations, America! After decades of voting for the “lesser of two evils,” we as a country have become the lesser ourselves.
The label “Democrat” or “Republican” no longer means anything. They have become the same thing: political demigods with no agenda other than personal. We have somehow managed to let these elected “officials” become so high and mighty, so insulated, so high on their pedestals, that we cannot even protect ourselves from them.
If what they are doing to us is not tyranny, what is? There appears to be no end in sight.
I have participated in every election — local and national — for the past 42 years. I do not know who originated the following phrase, but I have come to believe it:
“If voting did any good, they wouldn’t let us do it.”
Bruce Karlquist, Omaha
A short list for conflict resolution
What to look for in times of difficult national controversy:
>> Leaders at all levels of government who model and promote good conflict-resolution practices.
>> A widely published list of easily accessible conflict-resolution resources.
>> Leaders who, prior to accepting a political office, are willing to demonstrate familiarity with (e.g., take an exam about) conflict resolution techniques.
>> Educational opportunities for people of all ages to learn conflict-resolution skills and expand upon them.
>> Monetary and other incentives for the best conflict-resolution ideas.
>> Media interviewers who model and promote conflict resolution.
>> Your own inner drive to find out how to resolve conflicts.
Sarah Voss, Omaha
Next: a Husker government shutdown
A few Husker assistant football coaches will shut down the entire University of Nebraska unless Wisconsin concedes that Nebraska won the Big Ten championship (even though it’s over and the Badgers outscored the Huskers 70-31).
These coaches further threaten to hold their breath until Wisconsin agrees.
Joe T. Vosoba, Lincoln