Topic: Government reopens
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October 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Damage from shutdown will exist for a long time
Thanks to our elected officials who just finished playing “global thermonuclear war” with our economy and global status as a world leader [“Post-shutdown haggling begins,” page one, Oct. 18].
The style of governing that upholds the United States as an example of a thriving democracy includes compromising. This band of leaders cannot see past their own shadows to notice how damaging their work during the past three weeks has been to America and the world. Please work together and compromise. Or hopefully the electorate will recognize the faults and in 2014 send them away to play a nice game of chess.
David Wilson, Seattle
Congressional members aren’t being held accountable
During the federal shutdown, you properly admonished Washington state’s Republican representatives in Congress for their unwillingness to behave responsibly.
Please don’t think their votes at the last minute for a compromise crafted in the Senate get them off the hook. Instead, remind them that they were elected to be leaders and that they failed miserably in fulfilling that part of their responsibilities.
And next year, unless they start behaving very differently, many of your readers expect The Times to hold them accountable should they run for another term.
George Randels, Port Townsend
National economy looking grim
Now that Congress and the president have kicked the economic can down the road, two little-known facts about our national economy terrify me.
First, the Institute of Politics at Harvard has recently estimated that the government has run up current Treasury debt to $123,000 per American worker. When I add in the future governmental liabilities that our Congress has passed and the president has signed, this current governmental debt amounts to about $1 million per American worker. This is money that I seriously doubt will ever be paid back. But the government continues to borrow! All Americans should find this situation to be unethical and inexcusable.
Second, our Congress and president (present and past) have chosen to place this crushing debt burden exclusively on the backs of the Millennial Generation (age 20 to 30) and spare the baby boomers or Generation X of any financial pain. This government-declared generational warfare is unprecedented. It should be vigorously fought by members of the Millennial Generation and found shameful by all Americans.
John Boyes, Bow
October 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Americans who don’t trust their government can leave
I am tired of reading and hearing about those Americans who “don’t trust the government” [“Out of jeopardy, but for how long?” page one, Oct. 17].
I am American and I trust Rep. Jim McDermott, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, President Barack Obama and even Mayor Mike McGinn. I don’t always agree with them, but I certainly believe that they have integrity and the best interests of their constituents at heart. I even trust most Republican representatives, even though I disagree with them most of the time.
I remember back in the ‘60s when those of us who staunchly opposed the war in Vietnam were told, “if you don’t like it, leave.” I did. I came back later when things changed.
Among the very good things this government has to offer is the ability to choose to leave or stay. My advice to all those untrusting, government-hating citizens: If you don’t like it here, you are free to go.
Susan Anstine, Seattle
October 18, 2013 at 6:29 AM
Democrats equally at fault
Editor, The Times:
The Republican Party surrendered almost unconditionally in trying to link short-term billion-dollar budget decisions (like Obamacare) to long-term trillion-dollar indebtedness [“GOP sacrificed standing in long, futile fight on health care,” page one, Oct. 17].
As we approach the negotiated December deadlines for new ideas, we might recall Dec. 6, 1941, and how the catchy World War II policy of unconditional surrender also probably prolonged that conflict, at great cost on many continents.
The stark choice for our Congress and for Sen. Patty Murray in her key leadership position is whether we only risk brinkmanship in the search for a genuine solution, or instead surely slide over the slippery brink later for lack of foresight, courage and elementary arithmetic skills. For refusing to negotiate the big picture, the Democratic Party is equally at fault for leaving this crisis in the hands of the amateur and maligned tea party.
Peter D. Beaulieu, Shoreline
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