Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Z_CNHI News Service

October 8, 2013

EDITORIALS: Two views of the government shutdown; Chicago Fire anniversary

Bitter rhetoric makes compromise difficult

(The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.)

Who would sit down at a negotiating table with people who have publicly lambasted them as terrorists, hostage takers and  anarchists? No one in their right minds, that’s who.

So Republicans in Congress would do well to hang tough on the government shutdown until Senate Democrats and the Obama administration conclude their temper tantrums or pass out from hyperventilation.

Democrats - champions of “civility” and “compromise” - have heaped derision on Republicans since the GOP-led House passed a measure Monday that linked funding for government operations with cutting funding for and delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act for ordinary citizens.

This is nothing more than the same deal President Obama has handed out to businesses, unions and other favored groups. But Senate Democrats rejected the Republican measure, forcing a shutdown of nonessential government operations. Obama had promised to veto the measure even if the Senate had accepted the deal.

Democrats, with a supportive media, then cast Republicans as villains. And the Obama administration was careful to maximize the pain on the general public from the shutdown, trying to lock veterans out of war memorials, closing national parks and highlighting the children who would be denied cancer treatment at government hospitals.

The reality is that many Americans believe Obamacare is a job-destroying mess that is dragging down the economy, and that runaway government spending spells the nation’s ruin. If Democrats put any stock in their high-minded principles, they would stop savaging Republicans and work with their GOP colleagues who represent the views of a great many Americans.

--------------------

Republicans should release their budget hostage

(The Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.)

The Affordable Care Act passed into law. It withstood challenges in court. And its implementation began four years ago. So what are House Republicans doing by stalling the budgeting process, shutting down federal government services and demanding that President Obama modify the ACA? The answer: Undertaking an exercise in futility, wasting time and diverting the attention of the American people.

Text Only
Z_CNHI News Service
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Is this a commercial for batting gloves or a baseball game?

    Major league baseball desperately needs to speed up the action. Here's a place to start: Nix the mind-numbing ritual of hitters who first adjust the right batting glove, then the left one, after every single pitch.
     

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Simpsons still going strong

    The groundbreaking animation first hit the air Dec. 17, 1989, but the family first appeared on television in "The Tracey Ullman Show" short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987.

    August 21, 2014

  • Police chief resigns over racial slur repost to Facebook

    A repost on his personal Facebook page of a racially-charged comment by the original poster of a comedy video has forced the police chief of an Oklahoma city to resign his office.

    August 21, 2014

  • Does Twitter need a censor?

    Twitter decided last year to make images more prominent on its site. Now, the social network is finding itself caught between being an open forum and patrolling for inappropriate content.

    August 21, 2014

  • sleepchart.jpg America’s sleep-deprived cities

    Americans might run on sleep, but those living in the country's largest cities don't appear to run on much.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Who should pay for your kids ACT?

    Thirteen states paid for 11th-grade students in all public high schools to take the ACT college admission test this year, with several more planning to join them in 2015.

    August 20, 2014

  • Pets.jpg Why do people look like their pets?

    As much as we might quibble over the virtues and vices of Canis domesticus, however, and over whether human nature is any better or worse than dog nature, even dog fanciers don't usually want to look like a dog.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Another stumble begs questions about Notre Dame

    Notre Dame's vaunted reputation for formidable athletics and serious academics is again sullied by a cheating scandal. Maybe the high standards of the Fighting Irish are just too good to be true.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ice bucket challenge trending up

    Internet trends are a dime a dozen these days. Everything from Tebowing to planking to the cinnamon challenge can cause a wave of social media activity that can last for weeks before fizzling out.

    August 19, 2014

  • Five myths about presidential vacations

    In the nuclear age, presidents may have only minutes to make a decision that could affect the entire world. They don't so much leave the White House as they take a miniature version of it with them wherever they go.

    August 15, 2014