I felt a need to weigh in on the issues raised in the letter "Blasts President (Obama) for failing to compromise" published Oct. 16 in the Advocate.
When President Obama was elected, some leading Republicans vowed not to work with him and to make him a one-term president. They did everything to thwart his initiatives. Despite this, the Affordable Care Act eventually passed in Congress and was confirmed as legal by the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately, some members of the House would not accept that reality.
I heard the same cries of doom and gloom when Social Security was passed. Some people called President Franklin D. Roosevelt a socialist -- even a communist. When Medicare became law, President Lyndon B. Johnson was also labeled a socialist, even though other democracies had passed similar legislation decades earlier.
If the Affordable Care Act is the "worst legislation that ever came down the pike," the electorate will vote for a Republican Congress and president in 2016. So why go through this process of shutdown 90 days from now?
If some members of the House want to wage war on the president -- well, that's politics. But to hold our country hostage, causing a $24 billion hit to our economy while coming out of the worst recession ever and causing the world to question whether the greatest super power can govern itself, is suicidal. I am sure China, North Korea, Russia and Iran are smiling now.
Responsible Republicans such as John McCain, Jeb Bush and our own George Voinovich have condemned the House zealots' actions as irresponsible and damaging to our Republic. I join their voices of concern.
Bob Luckay, Aurora