Letter: SRS employees need to consider politics of government shutdown

  • Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:01 a.m.

This letter is directed to the Savannah River Site employees who were furloughed while the government was shutdown.

It is an appeal to you to think about your own best interest when you vote in the 2014 mid-term elections. On Oct.16, when Congress voted to end the government shutdown and avoid a possible default on the national debt, only U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D.-S.C., and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., voted in the affirmative to end the shutdown, and bring the furloughed federal and contract employees back to work.

All other South Carolina congressmen, including U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., voted in opposition to ending the government shutdown. These individuals did not have your best interests in mind when they voted.

You will hear many conflicting explanations as to who was responsible for the government shutdown.

If you think rationally and realize that the Republican Party chose the shutdown strategy as a means of getting concessions from President Obama to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act, it will be apparent as to where the shutdown arose.

Many pundits want to blame Obama and U.S. Senator Harry Reid, D-N.V., for failing to negotiate. I am personally very happy that they did not negotiate.

If they had, a terrible precedent would have been set for future administrations. Negotiation requires rational people to be successful, and clearly, the opponents of the Affordable Care Act are not rational.

Moses Mims

Aiken

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