Shortly after the government shutdown, I watched an interview on CNN with our congresswoman, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Since she represents a conservative district in a liberal state, I thought she should know how to negotiate with Democrats when it really matters.
She occupies the fourth most powerful position in the Republican leadership in the House, so surely she would be using that power to bring some reason to Washington, D.C.
Instead, what I heard was scripted, party-line rhetoric against Obamacare and no hint of willingness to negotiate. She shared people’s anxiety about what the changes will bring, but offered no alternative for the 17 percent of her state’s citizens who lack health insurance. What a failure of leadership on her part!
Like it or not, Obamacare is now law and funding must be provided according to its legislative mandates. Shutting down other functions of the government will not change that.
The only question now is how much damage to our economy and system of government our congresswoman and others will exact on us before finally giving in.