Friday letters: This isn’t good governance

October 4, 2013 

Congress Returns

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J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

What the Republicans are doing with the insistence that something is done to the Affordable Care Act before they will pass a budget, doesn’t pass the test as a general principle of good governance. This should be easy to see, even for conservatives, if one reverses the situation and imagines a Democratic-controlled House, with a Republican president and Senate, refusing to pass a budget unless we have, for instance, more gun control.

Plain and simple, the Republicans are holding the budget hostage for ideological wishes that cannot be met through the normal legislative process of government. If principles are important to Republicans, they are using a very poor and dangerous one in this case.

Peter H. Swanson

Columbia

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