Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - October 25, 2013

Letters

Dear Editor,

The latest crop of extremist Congressional representatives has invented a new way to write law for the U.S.: legislation by ransom demands. This copycat method has been taken from the playbook of terrorist groups around the world. Whenever action is required to fund the government or authorize government functions, an extremist minority simply needs to write new ransom demands to satisfy their latest brainstorms. In fact, this completely dispenses with any need for legislation, or for senators or representatives.

Terrorists will recognize immediately that the U.S. government has been brought to its knees by ransom demands from a radical extremist minority. They also will see that the government is being held hostage and that Republican congressmen are being terrorized successfully by the threat of being defeated in a primary election. This will encourage terrorists around the world to engage in their own terrorist actions, because the U.S. government has forgotten its policy for dealing with terrorists: no negotiations.

Republicans have worked for over a decade to render our government dysfunctional. Corrupt and incompetent officials, replacing government functions with useless private service contracts, nutty judges who lecture about the devil, irresponsible tax cuts, and bogus wars that waste our treasure all contribute to handicapping the government. Now, extremist Republican congressmen are doing what they promised: to shut down the government. This state of affairs will continue as long as people vote to put anti-government candidates in office.

< pstyle:lettersname>Mike Moran

Dear Editor,

Late Wednesday night (Oct. 16), I voted to reopen the government and pay our nation's bills. The 16-day shutdown was a waste of time and only served to hurt the American people and the economy. It was long-past time for House Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on a bipartisan bill that would reopen the government.

This deal means thousands of federal workers in my district and 7,500 scientists, researchers and other employees of Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore can breathe easier knowing they will no longer be furloughed without pay. It is not fair that our federal workforce and lab workers suffer because of a government shutdown that was no fault of their own.

Throughout the shutdown, I met almost every day with the United Solutions Caucus, a group I helped found of bipartisan, first-year members of Congress. We engaged in discussions on possible solutions to the crisis. I am proud to have led a statement signed by members from both parties in this Caucus endorsing the bipartisan Senate deal.

It is my hope that the days of political brinkmanship are over and we can get back to work growing our economy and creating jobs.

Eric Swalwell

Member of Congress

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