Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re “Did Congress learn anything?,” Editorial, Oct. 17, and “Economic hit from impasse could endure,” Oct. 18
According to your front-page article, “Standard & Poor's U.S. chief economist estimated that the shutdown and debt-limit standoff cost the economy $24 billion in reduced activity in the final three months of the year.”
So, I submit this invoice:
From: The U.S. economy;
To: Sen. Ted Cruz and the tea party;
$24,000,000,000 (and counting).
Please call for information on our easy repayment plan.
The ultimate blame for the bad behavior of elected officials lies with those who elected them.
The lesson to be learned from the recent political fiasco should be abundantly clear by now: Never vote for politicians claiming government is evil, because — if elected — they can prove it.
Until we change our voting habits, we can only expect more of the same.
The willingness of the Republicans to throw the country under the bus had nothing whatsoever to do with the budget or the deficit; it was driven solely by their hatred of the Affordable Care Act and its architect, President Obama.
They want to gut the act before tens of millions of voters are able to avail themselves of health coverage previously denied them.
Their worst nightmare is that the act may actually do some good and that the Democrats accrue political capital as a result.
Herb L. Weinberg
Of all the decisions I've made in my life, three turned out to have been particularly important: my move to California, my remarriage to a wonderful second wife and my leaving the Republican Party two years ago.
Considering the recent actions of the Republican members of Congress to try to repeal or defund Obamacare, I would be embarrassed to call myself a Republican today.
It makes no difference whether it's called the tea party or the coffee party or the vodka party or the gin party: It's still the Republican Party.