Dear Representative Nunnalee:
First, thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I know with this government shutdown you are trying hard to find a way to open part, if not all, of the government. However, I must take you and all of Congress to task over the shutdown.
Your votes to not only keep the Affordable Care Act from becoming law but to attempt its repeal are commendable. There are very few, if any, positive aspects to this law and its passing was disheartening. So to was its endorsement by the Supreme Court. A tax is still a tax, no matter what it is labeled. All of that is to say, regardless of anyone’s personal feelings, the Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land.
So, for those that are acting to block it now by defunding the act – to the point of government closure – is nothing short of embarrassing to me not only as a Republican but an American. I cannot condone such spoiled behavior in my own children, so I will not condone it in a group of grown men and women who know going into the job that things will be difficult and not go their way at least half of the time. Things are not going to change so long as liberal minded people control either house of Congress or the White House. The way to change or repeal the legislation now is to fight like mad to take both houses and the Presidency. But, that is not going to happen if those that are blocking the budget vote continue to play this game. I’m sure all of Congress can see the polls saying that, according to CBS News, over 70% of Americans are opposed to the shutdown and 48% of republicans.
I will admit I do have a personal stake or two in this shutdown. This weekend, our Cub Scout pack was to take its first camping trip of the year at Arkabutla Lake. For some of these children, this was to be their first camping trip ever. Food has already been bought, fees paid, everything it takes to go camping except or the date to arrive. Now parents will be trying to explain to their first graders why the tent is still in the garage, explaining something challenging for a lot of adults to understand.
Two, next week my family is planning on taking a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park starting Oct. 12. For obvious reasons, this will prove difficult. We will still be able to do many of the things we enjoy; but, we will likely cut our vacation short – not able to access the park – depriving hotels, restaurants and attractions of our tourism dollars. Granted it may not be a lot, but ours plus who knows how many others it will put a stress on the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.
To conclude, I implore you to try whatever you can to reopen the federal government and fight the battle of gaining seats to defeat the Affordable Care Act and not burdening the American people with such political scheming.