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October 8, 2013

My point is... Furlough the Congress

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The Republicans are convinced the Affordable Care Act is the destruction of the working people while the Democrats seemingly praise it as the most needed act to ensure health care for all Americans. In the meantime, hard-working, honest employees are being downsized to part-time positions because their struggling employers cannot afford the required health care coverage. Those who currently have insurance are seeing skyrocketing rates on their policies to foot the bill for those millions of people who are uninsured.

National parks and government offices are closed during the ongoing debate, creating even more discord among American citizens. Many programs remain unfunded while the war in Washington rages on, while families receiving subsidized foods from WIC and other services are in limbo.

Perhaps government leaders should be forced to take an unpaid furlough during this turbulent time as the future of our country looms uncertain. Let the fat cats in Washington draw on their bank accounts for their income as most American workers have been forced to do since the bottom fell out of our economy. Let them survive with old model vehicles — fueled, maintained and paid for from their own pockets — like the average working person must do, and let them juggle their budgets to provide food for their family while they stretch each dollar to pay for utilities and taxes.

While I will still fly my American flag, it is not with the pride that I once held for our nation, and that frustration stems from my displeasure with our elected officials. A few bad apples can indeed ruin the entire batch, but the stench from Capitol Hill has spread like a killing fog across our entire country. People are disillusioned and frustrated, fed up with the government as it is, with little hope of any improvement even in the next administration.

It is time for our elected officials to stop their bickering, learn to compromise, and represent the best interests of the American people.

History shows us that the destruction of nearly every nation came from internal struggle, rather than outside take-over. It is my prayer that America does not join the roster of those who have.

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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