Letter: Causes of the Shutdown
To the Editor:
Family and friends helped me clarify some of the possible causes underlying the stalemate that has shut down the federal government, among them:
∎ Difficulty of the nation acknowledging the right of the people to health care, as we do to the right to national defense and public education.
∎ A widening gap between our aspirations and our capacity (and willingness) to pay for them.
∎ Self-perpetuating institutions putting their own interests ahead of those of individuals with inadequate resources and without voice.
∎ Fears that foster extremism and prevent accommodation.
∎ Antagonism toward a president that a segment of our society does not support.
Steven C. Swett