'Stuck in the middle with you'
Let me get this straight: about 80 far-right Republicans, from districts gerrymandered to assure re-election, have forced their party to regress from defunding Obamacare, to delaying it, to delaying only parts of it, to finally removing all mention of Obamacare and attempting to fund government agencies one at a time.
This, several years after Obamacare was signed into law, and upheld by the Supreme Court.
These Republicans also know that torpedoing health care reform is a legislative non-starter, yet they apparently bring nothing else to the table amid a national call for a compromise.
Meanwhile, the president has decided that the best course is to eschew any opportunity to make passing a continuing resolution more palatable to moderate conservatives and Liberals, aka the rest of Congress.
This is a grave mistake considering the recession in store for the country if the government fails to pay its debt.
Now the ball is in the court of Speaker John Boehner, who can either support the lunacy of threatening to default without any viable demands, or appease Democrats and effectively end his speakership in the eyes of his party.
Well Mr. Boehner, I am reminded of the old chorus by Stealers Wheel: "Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right, here [we are], stuck in the middle with you."
Peter Vincent, Colorado Springs
Can't pick and choose parts of a law
I enjoyed reading Michael Luce's short tantrum on the Affordable Care Act. His civics lesson was accurate, but his overall statement was remarkable for what it didn't say.
When a law is passed, you can't pick and choose what part of the law you will comply with and what part you will ignore.
Changing the law nullifies it.
President Barack Obama has made 19 changes to the law since it was passed, without consulting Congress. He has made exceptions, granted subsidies and unilaterally altered the law to suit him and his cronies.
Anyone who has passed Civics 101 knows that Obama has invalidated the law as written.
If Mike thinks socialized medicine is the ultimate answer to our health care problems, I would encourage him to talk to someone from Canada or England. They would pay a lot to go back to market-based health care system.
Bob Mulvaney, Colorado Springs
Describing our government leaders
While working in the kitchen this morning, I was surprised by a picture in my mind of a morning many, many years ago when our young daughter came into the kitchen and told me what word she thought of when describing her father.
Without hesitation, she continued, integrity.
Surprised that word was in the vocabulary of an early elementary school student, I later surmised that they must have been studying about our Founding Fathers at school.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if that word was the one we first thought of today in describing our present government leaders?
Barb McClure, Colorado Springs