Shut-down ma­neu­ver self­ish, lazy

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Here we go again with the peren­nial fed­eral-gov­ern­ment shut­down. Congress should have com­pleted both com­mit­tee and leg­isla­tive ac­tion to fund the 12 cab­i­netlevel de­part­ments and fed­eral agen­cies, as well as the spe­cial pro­grams, months ago, prior to its sum­mer-long so­journ. But of course it didn’t.

These politi­cians are in the process of push­ing for a con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion to keep the gov­ern­ment funded. Other­wise, the gov­ern­ment runs out of money. This ma­nip­u­la­tive ruse, which lacks all leg­isla­tive ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency, is noth­ing new given the fact this tech­nique has been a part of the usual fund­ing method­ol­ogy em­ployed by these so-called con­gres­sional lead­ers over these nascent years of the 21st cen­tury.

Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans de­pend on a host of fed­eral-gov­ern­ment pro­grams af­fected by such non­sense. Of course these Wash­ing­ton politi­cians with their Her­culean salaries and ben­e­fits are not af­fected by the dis­lo­ca­tions. In that con­text, should an ex­tended gov­ern­ment shut­down oc­cur, con­gres­sional mem­bers and their re­spec­tive staff’s in­come streams and ben­e­fits should like­wise be dis­con­tin­ued.

Per­haps these con­gres­sional clowns would then fi­nally re­al­ize the time had ar­rived to be­gin act­ing in a states­man-like fash­ion as elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives on be­half of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, and not for their core spe­cial-in­ter­est, lob­by­ist-backed, cam­paign-funded con­stituen­cies or their own eco­nomic in­ter­ests. EARL BEAL Terre Haute, Indiana

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