In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama poses for a photo prior to an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington four days into a partial shutdown of the government. Obama, who successfully ran for president as a first-term senator, spoke critically about first-term Republican senators, such as Ted Cruz of Texas, who have been leading efforts to shut the government if Republicans can't extract concessions from the White House. He said that when he was in the Senate, he "didn't go around courting the media. And I certainly didn't go around trying to shut down the government." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:10AM
Let’s deal. Delay Obamacare for one year and no exemptions for Congress in exchange for a small increase in the debt ceiling to prevent a default. There probably would be no default, but to win the game give in on this point. The president is conning us and playing mind games. Put it out on the table early and get the support of the people. He’ll have to sit down. The one-year deal helps him because the Affordable Care Act is a disaster and it’s unfair for Congress to be treated differently from the people.
George A. Tarasuk, Orland Park
Need for term limits obvious
Given this latest fiasco of a government shutdown, how much more evidence do we need that our current system, in which elected officials can remain in office until death, is failing the country? The Founding Fathers had it right from the beginning; they wanted regular people to serve in Congress briefly and move back into their real lives. We need term limits on every elected official at every level.
Michael D. Turay, Crete
Obama wants to be a dictator
What lies are told to make others believe! The Sun-Times editorial claim that one side threatens to trash the American economy was never spoken by any Democrat even if it’s their intention. The only deal Obama has ever cut was by misleading those who opposed him to get Obamacare passed. Only when the U.S. Supreme Court changed the nature of Obamacare to become a tax did they agree to it, but parts of it may still be unconstitutional as a violation of religious liberty. This is Obama’s crisis to end when he becomes willing to negotiate, but Obama is trying to run our country as a dictator. To claim that the shutdown causes babies to be denied formula and 3-year-olds to be turned away from child care is ridiculous since the government is not required to provide such things in the first place. Breast milk, which costs a mother nothing, is far superior to formula, and taking care of a child is the parent’s obligation, not the government’s duty.
Donald Nauyokas, Brighton Park