- Posted October 17, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
A letter to government
I wrote this originally before the shutdown. Now, this appears to be just as applicable. President Obama seems to be echoing many of these sentiments today. Let's see if he (and everyone else) will actually do it.
Dear White House, House, and Senate... Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and anyone else I may have missed,
I address everyone because whoever is at fault isn't the issue. I DON'T CARE who is to blame. I don't want to hear who did what, and when. YOU are the people, elected by The People, who can NOW start the repairing/rebuilding.
A couple very simple points on debt and ACA (I refuse to call it... well, you know. Talk about ego. But, I digress).
Debt - In my life, I have gotten myself in trouble with debt. I overspent, charged too much on my credit cards, and saved too little. However, as I hit my "ceiling", I have realized my current actions weren't working. I have made corrections in my own fiscal policies, living within my means, paying down my debt, and saving more. I EXPECT you to do the same.
ACA - Please note: I, personally, am not a fan of ACA. Moving on... This was passed into law. It went through the appropriate processes and was passed. There is also a process if you don't like it. Follow the set processes to repeal or amend this. This starts, ultimately, with The People and who they vote for to make these decisions.
Maybe common sense is too much to ask. I guess if I were 17-18, graduated high school, still living at home, and making money and my parents told me to spend some of my money on rent or they would stop providing me with food, gas, insurance, clothes, etc. I would probably do that. The lobbyists and special interest groups are the parents and the goverment is the kid. I believe they have their place, but the overall good of the country - education, defense, infrastructure, research, etc. (I'm not claiming to be the smart one to decide all the "priorities") should come first before the interests of specialized groups. Congressional gyms should probably be fairly low on the list. Join a privately owned, US small company, gym and pay your $50/month!
Even when we get past this shutdown and debt ceiling, alot of these concerns will still be there. It's up to you to break the current status quo and to start making change.
Just a frustrated middle class citizen.