To the publisher: Your article, “Elections (and words) have consequences,” along with your unabashed criticism of Rep. Robert Hurt, motivates me to respond. The rhetoric you supply is no substitute for fact. Although it is clear that the Washington impasse should be resolved without delay, it is abundantly clear that the only hostage takers are President Obama and Harry Reid. Further, the Orwellian doublethink has been useful poster language for Democrats since 1984.
To determine who is responsible for the shutdown, refer to Dr. Thomas Sowell’s recent article entitled, “Who Shut Down the Government?” In it he states, “There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except Obamacare. This is not a matter of opinion . . . check the Congressional Record.”
Dr. Sowell clarifies the constitutional mandate that every spending bill has to originate in the House of Representatives. More explicitly, House members have a constitutional right to determine if, and where, they wish to appropriate monies.
Since Sept. 20, the House has offered eight continuing resolution proposals with the support of as many as 36 House Democrats. From this vantage point, the President and his allies are intentionally idle, and are exploiting the government shutdown for their own political gain.
Although Obamacare became law, the majority of Republicans were clearly against it. Now in its early registration process, Obamacare website malfunctions will cost taxpayers additional millions, if not billions, of dollars. But Democrats couldn’t care less — they want the debt ceiling raised another trillion dollars!
Representative government involves bipartisan negotiations, but Democrats have skewed bipartisan to mean: Democrats get 100 percent, Republicans get zero percent. The Obama administration considers this fair and balanced.
I thank Rep. Hurt for his insistence that We, the People of Virginia, have a seat at the table in deciding how taxpayers’ money is spent.