Re "Holding budget hostage sets a terrible precedent" (Editorials, Oct. 2): The federal government has shut down, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of families like mine. Let's step back and look at who gets hurt and why.
Small businesses get hurt. They get important loans from the government. California is home to 684,953 small businesses. People who are newly eligible for Social Security, like my parents, get hurt. There's no one to process their claims. Federal employees are not rich to begin with and now they are going to start missing paychecks.
Congress couldn't do the one simple thing it needed to do to keep government operating. And why? It's due to a doomed effort by Rep. Tom McClintock and his radical colleagues to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act.
This is patently ridiculous. Rep. McClintock needs to stop playing partisan games and get our government up and running again.
-- Patrick Stewie, El Dorado Hills