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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Government shutdown: House Republicans need to step up

As the government shutdown continues into a second week with no end in sight, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, makes a statement outside his office to respond to President Barack Obama, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As the government shutdown continues into a second week with no end in sight, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, makes a statement outside his office to respond to President Barack Obama, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans are key to end shutdown

Not one person in Congress is part of the collateral damage that has been foisted on the citizens of the United States. [“Global policymakers fear effects of stalemate,” page one, Oct. 8].

The tea party is wasting money (billions so far) and John Boehner is crying crocodile tears. Shame on them. If there was ever a definition of collateral damage, it is the people of the United States and our guests. Republicans must stand up for the American people and end this inner war.

The Democrats and President Obama are taking their stance because it is the right thing to do. If President Obama gives in to the demands of the tea party, then the adage “give them an inch and they will take a mile” will be a given. Everyone in the U.S. is suffering because of the strategy of the tea party. I firmly believe it is necesssary for mainstream Republicans to take leadership away from the tea party legislators who have sunk to a new low in governing.

Elizabeth M. Williams, Seahurst

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