Thursday was day three of the federal shutdown, at a cost now of $600 million of taxpayer dollars.
I’m confused. Wasn’t it the Republicans who have a reputation for being fiscally conservative? If so, this shutdown flies in the face of that reputation.
Further, if the GOP says it cares about children, then why did its members just vote last month to cut $40 billion from food stamps? And why are they OK with shutting the government, which also shuts Head Start and WIC, two vital programs supporting children?
If they say they love business, why are they purposefully tanking the economy with a shutdown and a refusal to raise the debt ceiling? If they care about homeland security, why is the GOP OK with sending 70 percent of intelligence workers on furlough, greatly increasing our vulnerability?
About 65 million people voted to re-elect President Obama, and the nation is being held hostage by a few extremists in the Republican Party.
Where is the leadership from our own congresswoman? Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers should stand up to those who refuse to govern and get back to work.
Our children need food, our businesses need stability, and the American people for sure need access to health care. I write this letter to the editor instead of McMorris Rodgers’ office because I never hear anything back from her staff.
Peace be with my neighbors and my country.