What kind of compromise is the Mercury advocating?

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

In Sunday’s Mercury, the editor espoused the need to elect moderates in order to opt for politicians who can reach a compromise. Using the govern-ment shutdown as a basis for the opinion, the editor failed to tell us if they voted for President Barack Obama, who has refused to negotiate.

Because Mr. Obama was criticized for his lack of com-promise, he called a meeting with Republican leaders just to tell them he was refusing to compromise.

When the federal government is $17 trillion in debt, it is time for the adults in the room to say, “Enough already!” Obamacare will add trillions to our debt through taxpayer subsidies and a huge expansion of Medicaid. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that there will still be 50 million people without health care insurance. Meanwhile, our health care insurance rates are skyrocketing because of govern-ment mandates on health in-surance companies. Sen. Harry Reid has admitted that Obama-care will be used to eventually destroy private health insurance companies in order to create a government-run single-payer system.

In local government, the Riley County Commission, whose members claim they are fiscal conservatives, want to unila-terally decide to construct county buildings by circum-venting the Riley County voter. Commissioners will be able to use accounting gimmicks to keep the debt they rack up off the books. The liberal city com-missioners succeeded,  through incompetent management, in accumulating a $270 million debt in Manhattan. Is this the compromise the Mercury is advo-cating?

Charlotte Boger

1924 Morning Glory

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