To the editor:
Barack Obama, our dictatorial president, said that he will not negotiate on funding the government or raising the debt limit. So what should House Republicans have done in response? They should have passed a bill funding the government and raising the debt limit to cover the next three or four years, with one caveat: the bill must include a provision that Obamacare is defunded.
Then, after the bill was all tidied up and sent to the Senate, the House should have adjourned until January. If the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can play this game of no talks, no compromise, then the House should have done the same. Why? Because the House holds all of the aces. The Constitution clearly states that all spending must originate in the House of Representatives. The House isn’t compelled to provide funding for Obamacare — or anything else for that matter — just because Sen. Reid wants it, or President Obama demands it, or the compliant media propagandize the dire consequences of default.
There is one tiny fly in the ointment. If the government actually shut down for three months, the people would have soon realized that most discretionary federal government spending doesn’t affect them at all and is unnecessary. That would have been something abhorred by the elite political class.
BURTON J. SIMPSON