Letter: Parker column off base

October 21, 2013 

Kathleen Parker's recent column was more of the same for her. She pretends reasonableness while rarely getting to the heart of the matter. This time she spent almost 700 words telling us how stupid President Obama is to shut down the memorials in the United States, before mentioning that the conservative's effort to shut down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act is folly. More than 70 percent of the public objects to this.

Parker wrote in her last sentence: "Always leave your opponent an exit strategy." Right. So what happens in a year? Another budget impasse, and "oh, we really can't start funding the ACA just one month before the election, now can we?" So the conservatives have 13 months more to demonize the ACA. All the while, the public only has their word for how it will work.

Contrast that with 13 months of implementation and the public knowing how it functions. I say, let the voters decide, as they already have in the last election. If it is so horrendous, then surely the Dems will be voted out. Instead, the conservatives left the Democrats without an exit, hoping that the public would never find out just how the ACA will work.

STEPHEN GARINGER, Kennewick

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