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Letter Reputation of the president is at stake

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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am

I’m perplexed, I’m confused and possibly wrong, but doesn’t the House of Representatives have the responsibility to initiate legislation, pass it to the Senate for approval, and then if approved, pass it on to the president for ratification? It seems that now the Senate will not accept the “budget bill” until the “House” adds a rider to include an appropriation for Obamacare.

Matters not to them that there is a “shutdown” of government due to this impasse, nor that many Americans are hurt by this attempt to hold the nation hostage until their goals are obtained. Rational thinking might well be to pass the budget bill as submitted by the House and have a separate bill to provide for the required funds to keep Obamacare afloat.

The media has again taken the liberal side of this issue, but they, too, as do the Democrats, know full well that an individual bill to pump up the poorly conceived Affordable Health Act would never fly. Nancy Pelosi said it all when she remarked on television, “Let’s pass it and see what’s in it!” Well, we passed it and are seeing daily how unworkable and costly this piece of legislation has become. So unworkable that at one point the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had to change its wording, and the provisions have been altered about a dozen times.

According to most recent surveys, the public has an unfavorable opinion of the bill. If offered today, chances are it would fail. Proponents argue that it is the law and must be given additional funds in order to continue. Those opposed argue that all too much has already been spent on a failed, economically faulted, but well meaning project.

The bottom line: The liberal media and President Obama’s reputations are in play. If the Affordable Health Act fails, so have they. Nothing else matters but their reputations.

Richard Viall

Woodbridge

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