Letter: Crisis is manufactured
My husband, Paul Hodes, was a U.S. congressman for four years. In that time, I got a crash course in how the government actually works. What is happening now with the government shutdown is that the members of one party, the Republicans, are using the highest-stakes bill they have, the continuing resolution to fund the government, to force a showdown over their key legislative goal, to defund Obamacare. This crisis has been manufactured for political grandstanding.
Is this a responsible way to govern?
Recently there was a story on NPR about the Pentagon preparing for the shutdown. What a colossal waste of time and resources, not to mention sending a message of instability abroad at a time of vital international cooperation. My brother-in-law is a career military officer now working as a civilian consultant for the Army. He has already given up six days of pay due to the Republican-enforced sequestration earlier this year. Do Republicans think that defunding Obamacare is more heinous than shutting down the government, putting citizens out of work and creating shakiness in the markets and abroad?
Our government was founded on the principles of tolerance and respectful compromise. Rigid ideological brinksmanship is not in the best interests of the voters who elected representatives to work on their behalf. It has weakened our ability to solve pressing problems and undermined what little faith people have left that their government, our government, can help us move forward.
PEGGO HORSTMANN HODES