---- — To the editor:
Hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed, businesses losing millions of dollars, life-saving clinical trials and research delayed, world financial community losing trust in the United States: The cost of the most recent tantrum by the extreme wing of the Republican Party is still being tallied and won’t be known for months.
It is estimated that the government shutdown and threat of default has cost the U.S. economy $24 billion cutting 0.6 percent off the GDP while bringing the world economy to the brink of collapse.
Perhaps more important, this legislative act of attempted terrorism was a mortal threat to our democracy and representative form of government. However they feel about the Affordable Care Act, every American should be outraged by this scheme to circumvent the Constitution so that an incompetent, irresponsible and irrational minority can undo a law passed and upheld by constitutional processes.
It is up to the voters to change this dysfunctional Congress. It is up to the voters to elect leaders who, rather than “no government” or “big government” believe in good government.
It is up to the voters to elect responsible, competent representatives who are able to work collaboratively, negotiate, make compromises and find solutions that support growth and prosperity for the country.
Responsible, sane and sensible voters know that as well as a stable and dependable democracy, it is diversity and the resulting creativity and innovation that keeps us competitive in the world. They realize that intolerance of ideas that differ from one’s own and temper tantrums when you don’t get your way don’t work in a grown-up world.
Fellow voters, let’s elect a Congress that is capable of doing the job we are paying them for — governing the country!