The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 1, 2013

Government shutdown the wrong strategy

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The definition of a “shutdown” is the temporary closure of a system due to maintenance or malfunction.

Dysfunction might be a more accurate term. With the current stalemate between the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate, we don’t know how long the shutdown will last.

Most would agree that our country faces serious problems if unfettered spending continues, but is the shutdown the real solution?

While fiscal reform is absolutely required, tying the defunding of Obamacare to a governmental shutdown for financial reasons is the wrong strategy.

We’re confusing three complicated issues at play: the Affordable Care Act, the debt ceiling and the shutdown.

Simply defunding Obamacare is politically unpalatable and not smart. Instead of just pulling the plug, lawmakers should fix the existing legislation.

The bigger issue is the debt limit, and we’ve maxed out our credit card with trillions of dollars. Our country is running out of financial options, and the situation is serious. But a shutdown has dire consequences and isn’t the best tactic.