Letter: Step up for nation
American History 101 provides clues to the current budget problems with the Federal Budget and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Prior to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, there were several symptoms of the people’s unrest and disenchantment with British governing bodies in the American Colonies, the two best known of which are the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1793 and resistance to the Intolerable or Coercive Acts of 1774, a series of punitive laws passed by the British Parliament. One thing led to another, as they say, and Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill erupted into the Revolutionary War followed by the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, the all-time champion of republican government.
For a number of years now there has been a growing division in our great nation over the course of federal legislation with an increasing number of members of Congress becoming more politically conservative. ACA, aka Obamacare, has become a lightning rod for conservatives, who view it as a monstrous and costly piece of social legislation with mandates that smack of 18th-century intrusions on private liberties. The situation is further aggrieved by federal budget issues and perhaps aggravated by recent events involving the IRS and NSA, which do not engender confidence in our federal government. The Supreme Court did not help matters, in my humble opinion, by stretching the Commerce Act to call pertinent provisions of ACA a “tax” rather than a source of revenue, thereby supporting ACA and legalizing “mandates.”
So far, there are three parties to the government shutdown, the House of Representatives, the Senate and the president. The latter is in a uniquely qualified position to facilitate reasonable resolutions of legislative differences. Now is the time for him to come to the aid of ALL of the people to do so.
DAVID F. HOWLAND