As of Saturday, October 12, 2013
The Dalles To the editor:
Dear Greg Walden,
Can you not do something to persuade your colleagues in the House of Representatives to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling for a period of at least a year? You representatives in the House are constantly referring to what the American People want. I think you are, by and large, greatly misinformed, judging by your behavior.
It’s true that I can only speak for myself. I want a grand bipartisan bargain, a 10-year plan for our economy with gradual cuts to entitlements, immigration reform, tax reform, campaign finance reform and a long list of other reforms.
I do not want constant bickering, entrenched and uncompromising positions, crisis following crisis.
Can you not all see that beating a dead horse to death over and over again is not useful?
(Personally, as an American, the moment when the Affordable Health Care Act passed in Congress was one of the proudest in my life. I call it “Obama Cares.”)
Paul Ryan seems to have an intelligent grasp of budget matters. Could you not work with him and focus on the budget in a sensible way, not limiting your attention to one aspect of it? And, please, do not allow our federal government to be a deadbeat by voting against raising the debt ceiling.