Boehner's veto power
Re: The Detroit News’ Oct. 3 Editorial, “Wanted: Leaders”: According to the Constitution, the president has the power of the veto, but I didn’t find anything in it about the speaker of the House having one. I’m not sure which is worse, the speaker of the House using parliamentary procedures to create his own veto with the Republicans hiding behind him from accountability for any vote, or the Democrats who acquiesce to rules that deprive them from demanding a vote thinking they might recapture the power from the public’s outrage. It also is beyond comprehension that the passage of a bill does not automatically create a commitment to paying for it for its full term.
A government cannot operate efficiently if every program is annually subject to a capricious cancellation. Regardless of the merit of the arguments against the Affordable Care Act, they do not justify returning to a worse system that preceded it in lieu of an alternative proposal. Most of the polls cited only ask if people like the act and fail to ask if simply repealing it is what the public wants. There is a third alternative of fixing its flaws.
Dennis L. Green, Farmington Hills
Why not postpone?
Barack Obama is the president of the United States. But he fails to understand that that means he must be its leader-in-chief.
He states Obamacare is the law of the land and changes to it cannot be part of deliberations about funding the government or raising the debt ceiling. But this is after he unilaterally made changes himself by postponing some of the law’s terms for a year. We deserve better.
Donald E. Kleist, Shelby Twp.
The national parks and monuments belong to we the people of the United States, not the bureaucrats in D.C. They have no right to barricade anything. We can still visit any of them as we wish. Citizens everywhere should move barricades out of the way and cut locks the government may try to put on our property.
As far as I’m concerned this federal government shutdown is one of the best things to happen to our country in a long time. I hope it lasts forever! Our national government has grown to be completely out of control.
Reining it in to only what it should be and giving power back to the states, where it should be, will be very good for the future of our country.
Jim Green, Heber City, Utah