Letter: The Cause of the Shutdown

To the Editor:

We have a system of government that is designed, within thoughtful limits, to permit the majority to work its will. The people elect a president, a Senate and a House of Representatives. The House of Representatives, with the largest membership, may be the closest reflection of the people’s will. So why doesn’t House Speaker John Boehner permit the House to speak on the issue of a government shutdown? If he put the issue to the House, free of extraneous issues, no doubt the House would vote to keep the government running. He refuses to do so at the instance of a minority faction intent on stopping “Obamacare.” That decision — made by him — is the cause of the shutdown. And it is inconsistent with the people’s will.

Arthur Gardiner