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Some food for thought on government shutdown

Imagine a situation in which polls show most Americans want a change to current law that could have an impact on their health, but the Senate refuses to act. Brave members of Congress, respecting the public’s desire for action, attach the issue to a routine budget bill and threaten to shut down the government and throw the country into default unless the Senate agrees to change the law.

Senate leadership refuses even to negotiate on the issue. Millions are laid off, U.S. debt becomes worthless overnight and the world economy sinks toward depression. Who is to blame – Congress or the Senate?

Now assume that the issue is not the Affordable Care Act, but expanded background checks on gun purchases. Is your answer the same?

Patrick Henry

Orchard Park