Monday letters: Expect more shutdowns

October 14, 2013 

Congress Returns

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J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

Given the current state of politics in Washington, I wouldn’t be surprised if the threat of a shutdown doesn’t become an annual event at the approach of the fiscal year. The focus of the gridlock debate has been around funding for Obamacare with both sides wanting the other to concede. While both sides share a part of the blame for the shutdown, I personally believe that the tea party Republicans were responsible for it this time.

I would be OK with the GOP proposal to delay implementing Obamacare by one year, as long as there is an addendum that would guarantee that the health care law would be free of any challenges for at least 15 years. No more bills to repeal, no more calls for defunding, no more challenges. All the opponents say Obamacare will cause this or that negative outcome, but no one can see the future. Let Obamacare have a chance to prove itself, or disprove itself, before deciding to repeal it.

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, the GOP has tried to repeal it at least 37 times, all while knowing they don’t have the votes to do so. Even if a vote to repeal did somehow pass through Congress, the GOP knows that President Obama will veto such a bill. Why waste the little time Congress is in session with meaningless votes that get nothing done? I understand that the GOP wants to repeal Obamacare, but the way they are doing it is extremely childish.

Right now the GOP is acting like a kid at a playground — throwing a tantrum; they didn’t get their way, so they are taking their ball and going home.

Henry Ivey West III

Columbia

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