LETTER: The problem lies with politicians

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

How is a government shutdown, with no resolution in sight, not treason to the U.S. people? My husband, for example, is one of millions of people out of work and worried because no one up there on Capitol Hill can agree that one plus one actually equals two and not two hundred. Why do the politicians get paid for not doing their jobs while hard-working men and women are put out of their jobs? These were jobs that kept the country moving. You can open Yahoo! and see the effects of this mess. Is this a government takeover?

Federal employees are fired for not doing their jobs. Why does it seem Capitol Hill is immune to that? We the people elected you ... unless, of course, voting is a sham. You sit there, safe and secure in your job, while more and more of my fellow countrymen and women sit and worry how they are going to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Forget the extras at this point.

Someone posted on Facebook that: “This should not be a surprise to anyone in government. We have not had a budget in almost six years, so if you are not prepared, you have not been paying attention.” How can I prepare when I’m still recovering from the furlough? It isn’t possible to prepare before you’ve recovered.

I’m not saying that world cooperation isn’t important, but I am saying that too much attention has been turned from us (the U.S.) and given away to others. We need to take a step back and fix the problem. I think most of the problem lies with politicians, fat and secure, and their greedy, selfish, preschool playground ways. Even my 3-year-old son knows better than to fight with other children over things. He knows what compromising is, even if the word is foreign to him.

In short, my solution is simple: Let the first 536 layoffs be Congress and the president. It’s time to clean out our “desk” so to speak and start fresh. Put people in these positions that would be willing to do the job for free. These are the types of people we need in office — those who care for the people, not their pocketbooks. I, for one, duly accept the office of president.

J.L. Hoel