Yahoo asked Ohioans living in the state’s 8th congressional district to grade their U.S. House representative, Speaker John Boehner, during the government shutdown. Here’s one perspective.
COMMENTARY | I am a resident of Ohio and can agree with the stance John Boehner has regarding the debt ceiling. He stated, “You have to balance a raise with cuts and changes to other programs.” The U.S. dollar is losing value, not gaining, as it should be. If you keep printing money to smokescreen the real problem, the problem will get very real and fast.
Boehner has the right idea, executed poorly. To compromise with people who don’t want to is just like dealing with a child.
To get past this, let’s give and take and, please, for God’s sake, keep talking. I have come to realize that living in Ohio, in the predominately Republican area of Miami County, that most residents feel and assume Boehner is doing what he feels is right. He is overseeing an understaffed “daycare” full of a bunch of whining, screaming people that are paid way too much not to compromise. And I feel sorry for him.
I would like to see him take a bold stand and start spelling out the true realities of this shutdown. Quit fearing being re-elected as Speaker. Who cares? If he does his job with tact and a straightforward approach, he will have nothing to worry about. There’s no risk, no reward — as history has shown only those bold enough to take a stand and offer a solution are the people who change the world.
I would like to say this to all of the lawmakers: The pawns are off the board. Stop using scare tactics like school cuts, the poor, children, elderly, sick and dying. It’s the knights and bishops that are really in play — big business, lobbyists, and your own pay and luxuries.
I am an independent voter. I know my voice isn’t heard until it’s election time. (That would be the politicians’ Christmas.) This country has lost what made it great. “We the People, By the People and For the People…” The only people it appears he is listening to are big business and PR people, not the ones who truly matter. Us (wow, us, U.S.). How do you think the world perceives us right now? Do they see a bunch of little kids arguing over a sandbox toy? Or do they see lawmakers, rationally trying to come to an agreement on the National Debt? Look at the reality of the problem, get to the base of it and work it backward.
The Declaration of Independence states “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”