Gov’t isn’t a plaything for congressmen

It seems that those in Congress who have created this crisis forget that our government is not a personal plaything they can manipulate for their own narrow ideological purposes.

It is far from perfect and we all know that.

Shutting down our government is just what it appears … another political stunt. Ultimately, it is the people of this country who suffer the loss of service. The employees lose not only their salaries but also their confidence. I hope those responsible suffer the penalty of a democracy’s payback — not being reelected.

Closure is not a solution; it is just another failure.

Elvira Arnberger

NPS Retiree, Tucson

Republicans, Obama are equally stubborn

Re: the Oct. 2 editorial “Just no reasoning with tea-party fringe Republicans.”

The editorial reflects a lack of knowledge of how the U.S. government functions. It is true that the Affordable Care Act legislation was passed into law and that it has largely withstood challenges in the Supreme Court. However, it is also true that the Congress must provide funding for implementation. Indeed it is not uncommon for the Congress to pass legislation but subsequently choose not to provide appropriations for its implementation.

This reflects the current situation. No one can doubt that this legislation, which was passed with no congressional Republican supporting votes, is highly contentious and opponents have every legal and indeed constitutional right to oppose its funding. The Republicans are no more stubborn in their opposition to funding than is the president in his refusal to negotiate.

Roger Sedjo

Economist, Oro Valley

GOP erred in failing to pass budget

The Republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot. Had they been smart, they would have approved the budget, but insisted that the Affordable Care Act be funded as originally intended — No exclusions, no delay of the corporate mandate. As a result, if the ACA failed, they could blame the Democrats. If the ACA succeeded, the American public would benefit.

John Thomas

Retired executive vice-president, Tucson

Irrational hatred

is mental illness

Irrational hatred and fear of government and liberals expressed as temper tantrums does not constitute “principles.” It is mental illness.

Michael Carpenter

Hydrologist, Tucson

Congress did what terrorists dream of doing

Congress has done what terrorists dream: halting our government! Lincoln’s 1838 Lyceum speech still rings as true.

“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

Gregory Bova

Department of Homeland Security instructor, Tucson

If hackers stopped US, they’d be prosecuted

A thought experiment: Suppose that a group of conspirators, somewhere in the world, waging cyberwar, believing simply that they are “right,” manages to bring the operations of the United States government to a near halt. What would we call that group? How many billions of dollars would we willingly spend to “bring them to justice”?

George Timson

Computer analyst, Tucson

Penalize lawmakers who made it happen

I would like to propose a law that states that those responsible for the shutdown of the government, at any time, immediately have their salaries withheld and a daily fine imposed until they get back on track. Why should everyone feel the pinch but them?

Elizabeth Christensen

Retired, Tucson