Public servants should be better-served by Congress

  • Article by: Editorial , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Fed employees do extraordinary things every day to make U.S. exceptional.

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pumiceOct. 13, 13 8:40 AM

TAKE TWO: From the article: "[Causing the US credit rating to be downgraded again and wreaking havoc on the global economy] can’t obscure the irresponsibility of House Republicans cavalierly allowing government to go unfunded." Neither House nor Senate Republicans are solely responsible. All it would take is seventeen or more responsible House Republicans to persuade Speaker Boehner to allow the House to vote on ending the shutdown. Then Boehner should name whichever Members take that much initiative to serve on the conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the budget. That compromise would guide votes on appropriations Bills.

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barbjensOct. 13, 13 9:00 AM

I cannot think of ANYTHING that the GOP congress has accomplished FOR the people. They have been against anything and everything that may make life better for the average person, not the wealthy. Jobs for people is not even on their list of "things to do".

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jdlellis1Oct. 13, 13 7:25 PM

The U.S. Constitution was designed to "limit" the role of the federal government. Organizations, public and private, are cancerous in nature in that they will seek to justify their existence. The inability for citizens and legislators to distinguish between "musts" and "wants" has this society migrating towards the government continuing to expand. Ask, "What aspect of society do you not want the government to regulate and/or involved in. Abdicating personal accountability to the government (federal, state or local) only enhances the expansion of government. The reality is that in a free society, government cannot and should not be all things to all people.

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