How can we trust some of our elected officials when they behave no differently than bullies or blackmailers? After 40 unsuccessful attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering an alternative, some now want to hold our country hostage or blackmail the president to get their way. They have talked about defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act by refusing to pass spending resolutions necessary to keep the government running and refusing to raise the debt ceiling. These ill-conceived attempts can have serious ramifications, some of which I list:
1. A government shutdown.
2. Social Security recipients and the families of armed services personnel serving in harm's way may not be paid.
3. The government may find itself unable to pay bond obligations to our debtors.
4. Our credit rating will be downgraded again.
5. Some government contracts may have to be halted, resulting in unintentional layoffs.
I expect elected officials to do a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. I expect elected officials to work on behalf of all of their constituents, not just me or special-interest groups. I expect elected officials to behave like grown-ups, not spoiled children who want to take their ball and bat home when the game does not go their way.
Dear elected officials, it is time for some of you to get back to work and start earning your pay. Being against the Affordable Care Act is not the only item in your job description. You know who you are!