October 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 24, 2013

Held hostage

TO THE EDITOR: “Won’t compromise” is troublesome in many ways.

It’s demeaning to domestic-violence victims to equate alleged tormenting of Republicans with victims who have been repeatedly brutalized by their partners.

The real tormentors are a small segment of uber-conservative Congressmen who represent some of the most conservative districts in the country — districts that comprise only 18 percent of the population in America.

They are holding the rest of the country hostage, by shutting down the government over a lawfully passed and constitutional health-care law and jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the United States.

According to the Government Accountability Office, the 2011 debt ceiling debacle cost the country $1.3 billion. So who is tormenting who?

As a southerner, I saw segregation. People were treated not only differently but brutally “based on skin color” — his terms. Equality had to be fought for and still does.

Mr. Barcomb would like the 50 states to be free from federal intrusion (code for let “us” live our lives without interference, and “those” groups can find a state with “like-minded” people). It doesn’t work that way — we are the United States of America.

Mr. Barcomb may agree with Grover Norquist and these politicians who want to reduce the federal government “to the size where (they) can drown it in a bathtub.” That is until they need help from the federal government. Many of the states they represent get far more in federal funds than the federal government gets back in taxes from them. So just who are the “takers” using Paul Ryan’s words?

Forty years as a Republican — I didn’t leave the party, the party left me by allowing itself to be hijacked by extremists, and now doesn’t have the courage to stand up to them.

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