The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 24, 2013

Don’t threaten shutdown again

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Interestingly, Rep. Tom Cole, in his Transcript letter (10/5/2013), states that he realizes that the shutdown will not end the Affordable Care Act, but he voted with fellow GOP House members to try just that.

President Obama declared long before this vote that he would not be bullied by a threat of a shutdown or a default resulting from a GOP refusal to raise the debt limit. Nevertheless, Cole voted for the former and has not said what he would do about the latter. Then he said Obama is unreasonable to not negotiate under the threat of both forms of extortion.

Rep. Cole does not mention that Speaker Boehner continues his promise not to bring up for vote any bill that is not approved by a majority of only the GOP representatives.

Nor does Cole admit that if Boehner brought up for vote a bill that just continued funding the government at the current rate that it would pass in the House with bipartisan support. This unreasonable and undemocratic practice of blocking this vote is why the government is shutdown.

Cole also complains that the GOP House cannot pass just those programs they want to fund. So much for how reasonable he is.

My hope is that this will be the end of any legislators being willing to threaten to shut down the government or to have us default on our payment of obligations to get their way. Let’s do away with the debt limit, which is not in the Constitution, and make a default unlawful.

CHADWICK COX

Norman

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Marijuana a gateway for new OK voters

    A poll this past year showed significant Oklahoma support for legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The poll showed that more than 71 percent of those surveyed thought medical marijuana was appropriate for patients who ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Expansion effect evaluated

    Editor, The Transcript: The effect of the Medicaid expansion rejection and acceptance on hospitals’ uncompensated costs are now being evaluated....

    July 31, 2014

  • America paying the piper

    Every third American you pass on the street has debts that have been turned over to a collection agency whose 140,000 workers are keeping the phones ringing....

    July 31, 2014

  • State is No. 2 in barbecue

    Americans love the marriage of smoke, fire and meat, but geography plays a part in how strong the passion is. Estately Blog has created a map charting which states are home to the most barbecue enthusiasts. Oklahoma comes in at No. 2 in ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Community Action mostly closed due to cutbacks

    Editor, The Transcript: The Community Action, at 1155 E Main St. in Norman, for decades has served Cleveland County with the following everyday services: a food pantry, short-term housing for the homeless, providing rides for those without ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Keep guns off campus

    Some Oklahoma lawmakers just won’t let the issue of allowing handguns on campus to go away. A joint legislative study will take a look at campuses around the nation to see if there is a way to accommodate faculty, staff and students who ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Improving children’s lives

    Social service organizations that have long-term debt for their headquarters and operating needs often spend much of their fundraising efforts meeting those obligations....

    July 29, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Congress should close gaps

    Of all of Edward Snowden’s revelations about electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, the most unsettling was that the government was accumulating vast numbers of records about the telephone calls of American citizens. In ...

    July 27, 2014