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Letter: Lawmakers need to stop bickering, solve problems

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

Like millions of Americans, I am disgusted with the shutdown of our federal government and the furlough of 800,000 federal workers, which is detrimental to the whole economy and increases our already-bloated unemployment figures. There is absolutely no excuse for this shutdown.

Congress is using the excuse they want to “defund” Obamacare in order to blackmail the president. Obamacare was passed by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. If there are things wrong with it, Congress should come up with a bipartisan plan to fix the problems without destroying the concept that everyone in this country should be covered by some form of health insurance.

I am opposed to the war in Afghanistan, as well as the length of time we spent in Iraq, but if I was in Congress I could not in good faith fail to fund those efforts just to get what I wanted out of the president.

Quite frankly, I don’t care if Congress likes Obama or not. And I don’t care whether he likes them or not. The point is that they were all elected by the American people, they are paid by the American people and they have an obligation to the American people to solve the problems of this country. So instead of being stuck in a constant battle over ideology, they should be working together to come up with solutions to problems that affect the American people.

And instead of laying off 800,000 federal workers and leaving their families with no income, they should ban the pay of the Congress and the president until they can work out a compromise. If Congress’ pay stopped completely, I can guarantee this shutdown would be resolved in a matter of days.

It is time for Congress and the president to work together to solve common problems, and to start serving the American people who elected them.

Karl M. Welsbacher Jr.

Lodi

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