How much blame should President Barack Obama receive for the current standoff in Washington? (Carolyn Kaster / AP)
How the mighty have fallen
Re: Marisa Schultzís Oct. 9 report, ďShutdown impact to spread in MichiganĒ: Itís so sad: The shutdown is the one thing the Republican Congress has done, and theyíre trying to attribute it to the president. The Republicans were planning this since they lost the 2012 election. And they wonít take credit for it. Itís just sad.
Edward Ader, Detroit
Unfit for command
Five years in, President Barack Obamaís true character is being shown. We no longer are a nation of laws; he has changed us into a nation of men, where laws are enforced depending on whim and how they will or wonít hurt this administrationís goals. And he uses the instruments of government to penalize and suppress political opposition. Can you say IRS and NSA? This president is the worst in modern times, bar none.
Raymond Golich, Dearborn
Tea party out of luck
The political fight currently raging over the Affordable Care Act has been a foolís errand for the tea party members of Congress. They have done a great disservice to many who are loyal to their party by convincing them that they could defund the law by manufacturing a national crisis.
Their misguided attempt to bully President Barack Obama into capitulating to their hostage taking strategy ignores our constitutional process of how we enact and change laws. Even the more sensible members of the Republican Party realize they only control a third of the federal government and wisely understand that itís a foolish strategy to shut it down or risk the countryís default trying to attain an ideological goal they could not at the ballot box.
They will fail not because of lack of determination or principle, but simply because they do not possess the political power to alter existing legislation. So I say to the tea party, drop the ransom demands and work within the system to elect a Republican president and repeal the health care law if you must. However, subverting the constitutional process by recklessly holding our government and economy hostage is bordering on insanity. The American people deserve better.
David M. Morley, Pinckney