So Republicans dress up in white lab coats and hold a press conference complaining about how the Democrats are holding up National Institutes of Health drug-trial funding.Yet they say nothing about how they, the Republicans, insisted on cutting the NIH’s budget by $1.5 billion.And the Republicans’ phony outrage at the closing of national monuments because of their federal government shutdown, while the people who protect them in the Capitol work without a paycheck, is beyond hypocritical.Now the debt ceiling is rapidly approaching, and the radical right, led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, believe it’s a good idea to default on our debt, crash our economy and the world’s economy and plunge us into a far worse Great Depression.This is what now passes for good governance? — Richard LaChance, Fort WorthThe real ObamaI think that we are now seeing the real Barack Obama. He has convinced me and many others that he is nothing more than a pathetic spiteful little man who is eternally governed by his debilitating narcissism. — Gary Conway, PantegoIt’s not the timeIt is our duty as citizens to pay our taxes.But suppose, instead, I wrote a letter to the IRS saying unless Obamacare were stopped, I wouldn’t pay. Imagine the hilarity at IRS headquarters.For one thing, they have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act being implemented. To say that the IRS wouldn’t listen to me or “negotiate” would be an understatement.My arguing with the IRS about Obamacare is about as foolish as House Speaker John Boehner arguing with President Obama about the ACA over the debt ceiling or the budget.The time for arguing about Obamacare was before its passage, not now, during crucial budget and debt ceiling debates.I’ve asked my representative, Kay Granger, to get with other moderates in the House and urge Boehner to present a clean continuing resolution to fund the government and approve an increase in the debt ceiling. — David Perkins, Fort WorthU.S. Postal ServiceWith the Post Office woes back in the political and national limelight, it appears an exercise in futility to balance out their deficit with the current Congress in charge.There are avenues to bring back stability, but no one wants to cede any of their salary, work less hours or eliminate overtime.The benefits and pension checks to former employees are an enormous financial payout that has exacerbated the situation. Congress is playing Russian roulette with its inactive legislative authority to actually do something. Deunionizing the Post Office would be the ultimate coup de grace insofar as paychecks are concerned for employees, but it would save millions. Making less money but having a job is more important than being out of a job and standing in the unemployment line. — Sharon Barrow, Fort WorthWith the Post Office having its periodic (and predictable) request for a rate increase, please let me propose this:Allow a tax made payable to the Postal Service for any unsolicited email, in the amount of no less than 15 cents each, for specific use by the Postal Service to better serve U.S. citizens. Double for emails with express offers for enhanced sexual content. This would control unwanted email and reward the Postal Service for extremely poor business judgment.Two problems solved. — Jackie G. Durham Sr., Fort WorthThe emperor’s clothesU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz lovingly read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham to his children from the Senate floor during his marathon speech. I like that book.But perhaps a better choice would have been Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes — the one about a leader who thought he could see something even if others could not. In fact, no one could see what the emperor could see, in this case, his clothing. It took an innocent child to speak the truth, “But he isn’t wearing anything...”Sadly, I believe our senator’s meteoric rise to fame has deafened him to hearing the truth. Even if there were a child to point out, “But he isn’t saying anything.” — Mary Lochridge, Arlington
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