Your daily Letter to Editor — Aug. 15, 2013
Washington is gridlocked because the Republican Party is consumed by obstruction.
Congress has left town for a five-week recess with a gridlocked Republican Party leaving the country paralyzed: Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on an appropriations bill that would have stopped the sequester; Republicans in the House blocked an appropriations bill that would have continued it.
So, Republicans won’t fund the government above sequester levels, but they won’t fund the government at sequester levels either. The House vote was particularly illustrative of the Republicans’ disarray, since the bill they blocked would have funded the government consistent with the official House budget they voted for only a few months ago — with much ballyhoo.
And the Republicans have great plans for the country’s near future. In October, the Republicans are planning to shut down the government, demanding that the government of the United States not follow a constitutional law (the Affordable Care Act). Then, in November, they are planning for the United States to fail to honor its debt obligations.