|
|
|
|
The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Negotiation needed

  • Let's hope that Lynn Jenkins and her Republican colleagues wake up and finally, at long last, start serving the people of this state and this nation.
    • email print
      Comment
  • To the editor:
    Let's hope that Lynn Jenkins and her Republican colleagues wake up and finally, at long last, start serving the people of this state and this nation.
    Like him or loathe him, President Obama has been willing to negotiate on almost any issue, with any person, at any time. But Ms. Jenkins is saying, "Build the Keystone pipeline or we won't pay our troops. Cut taxes of the Über rich or we won't let seniors get Social Security. Let insurance companies do as they please with our healthcare or we'll bring the government and the economy to a halt. And oh, by the way, no matter who else doesn't get a check, I'll get mine." That's not negotiating. That's blackmail.
    In negotiation, each party gets and each party gives. Ms. Jenkins and her colleagues are giving nothing but threats and in return hope to get what they have been unable to pass in the Congress. They insist that we accept their ideological demands (none of which have the support of the American people) and in exchange they will agree not to wreak havoc on us.
    You don't like the Affordable Care Act? OK. Deal with it legislatively. If the American people overwhelmingly supported Ms. Jenkins, any one of her 42 attempts to defeat it would have passed in a heartbeat. The reality is that Americans already enjoy the benefits of this 3-year-old legislation ~ we can have our young-adult children on our policies, we enjoy preventive screening at no cost, we no longer fear pre-existing conditions, and the uninsured will be covered. Those are good things that Ms. Jenkins wants to take away from us and she's willing to shut down the government to do it.
    By the time this is printed, we will know the choice Ms. Jenkins made. Did she step up for us or did she remain, as Michael Tomasky said, "unrepresentative of the once-proud Republican Party and unfit to govern the greatest nation on Earth."

        calendar