Fiscal battle more than one party’s loss
The first thing House Speaker John Boehner said after he partially shut down the government for 16 days is, “We lost.”
That is all this yes-man for the Tea Party is worried about. What about the lives lost because he delayed the Affordable Care Act?
We haven’t seen the last of this House speaker yet. After the first of next year, the Tea Party will use him to shut down the government once again.
The Republican Party is not the only one that lost. Boehner needs to think about the American people and their health in the future.
Bill Claus, Omaha
Conservatives’ list of myths is growing
It looks like conservatives are ready to add a new chapter to their book of myths and legends. They are already beginning to reminisce about that magical time before “Obamacare” when health insurance rates never rose, insurance companies never changed their plans and no one was ever forced to find a new doctor.
Donald Kuhns, Omaha
Obama walks over Nebraska lawmakers
Thanks to Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Steve King from Iowa for having the integrity to vote no on the temporary measure to reopen the government.
Unfortunately, all of our Nebraska senators and congressmen voted for the measure. Sadly, this included the elected Republicans from Nebraska who were unable to muster the intestinal fortitude to do what we elected them to do.
It’s time for Nebraska to use the next two elections to send a new crop of elected officials to Washington who can demonstrate the integrity to stop the dysfunctional financial environment and socialized health care insanity. It’s disheartening to see our current crop of elected officials lay down while President Obama walks across their backs.
Brad Ashley, Omaha
Democrats swelling welfare apparatus
President Obama’s Democratic Party has created an unbelievable number of welfare recipients.
The welfare program started with President Kennedy, escalated under President Johnson and has continued since. The Democrats depend on the welfare vote because the people who get up every day, pay taxes and support their families are now the minority.
Democrats are leading our country to the same downfall as the Roman Empire.
D.T. Prosser, Omaha
Many would like those government jobs
It seems you often hear our politicians say, “Government doesn’t create jobs.” But the ones they do create are some of the best.
Federal workers average higher pay than the average private-sector worker. They get more vacation time, more holidays, more sick leave, more benefits and earlier retirement. All of these benefits, especially the earlier retirement, are a major cause of the government’s financial problems.
Let all government workers work until age 65 or let them find other work. I’m sure that many private-sector workers would jump at the chance to take their place.
Jim Trummer, Omaha
Health law’s woes far worse than ‘glitch’
A “glitch” is an unexpected and usually minor problem. The die-hard supporters of the Affordable Care Act use this word to explain away real failure.
This was not unexpected, which is why hired celebrities and paid network programming has been used to mitigate the negative results since long before the startup.
One solution would be to rename the health care law GLITCH (Government Legislated Insurance via Totalitarian Committed Hierarchy).
Ken Lane, Council Bluffs
Help for Pakistan but not Air Force band
Last week our federal government raised the debt ceiling because it couldn’t get its ducks in a row.
Then we learned that the Air Force’s Heartland of America Band will end as a “victim of federal budget cuts” (Oct. 20 World-Herald). On the same day, another article indicated that our government approved $1.5 billion in aid for Pakistan.
So in simple terms, our leaders can help Pakistan but won’t help the people who elected them. Voters should remember these issues next election.
Sue Smith, Fremont, Neb.
NSA violates government-citizen border
Boundaries need to remain intact between citizens and the government. Without these boundaries, people will resent and disrespect the government.
The National Security Agency has been collecting millions of personal contact lists from Americans’ email (Oct. 15 World-Herald). It is said that this is being done in an effort to find links to terrorism or other criminal activity.
Before I can support this invasion of privacy, I would need to see the evidence showing that this spying has actually been effective in stopping terrorist plots.
Michaela Devitt, Council Bluffs