Ned Brooks: Not a good shutdown

October 19, 2013 

In conceding defeat, House Speaker John Boehner said, “we fought the good fight” (“Default averted as House, Senate approve debt deal,” Oct. 17 news story). Good? Really? There was nothing good about it.

Over 800,000 federal employees furloughed. Millions of others with lost income. People’s health and safety put at risk: Food safety inspections were suspended by the FDA. NIH was unable to accept new patients in its potentially life saving research trials. FAA furloughs put safety oversight of planes on hold. Recalls and investigations of automobile safety defects were also on hold. And the list goes on.

If there is anything “good” to come from this debacle, it might be that we will elect more politicians who understand that our government was designed for compromise and that their job is to serve the country, not themselves.

Ned Brooks

Chapel Hill

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