The New York Times states "House in Disarray" and "With GOP Badly Divided, Boehner Is Left 'Herding Cats.' " So true! Where is bipartisanship? If weeks ago House Speaker John Boehner had put the Senate funding bill up for a vote, a majority of the House (Republicans and Democrats) would have voted to approve -- real bipartisanship. Earlier this week, he tried to go it alone, and the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party crippled the party.
Think about their actions. Based on their behavior, a future Congress could decide not to fund, say, veterans benefits just because they did not like the program, even though it is the law of the land. The Tea Party faction lost in the election, and a law passed by Congress and signed by the president is a funding obligation of the nation. To deny responsibility of the obligation places the full faith and credit and the credibility of the nation at risk. It affects every one of us by increasing interest rates, making it harder to borrow money, making stock value drop, etc. These individuals are punishing the whole country to satisfy their egos. If they do not want to fund something, then let them garner the votes to repeal the law that creates the obligation.
Until then, I'd like to ask my representative, Keith Rothfus, to please silence the Tea Party faction by voting in a responsible manner. In all of his messages to his constituents he mentions that he represents us. While that is true, he also has an obligation to do what is in the best interest of the nation. The entire House needs to move in the latter direction. The precedents that it is creating will come to haunt us in the future.
First Published October 18, 2013 8:00 PM