Government shutdown is only symptom of deeper problem

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 - 9:10 am

Re "Debt crisis likely to postpone billions in aid" (Page A1, Oct. 14): The polls show the debacle of the GOP and its lack of a clear goal. I would like to suggest one.

Look at the root of our problems. Few people can make a living wage job, having to take government handouts to make ends meet. Most people don't game the system, are working or want to work.

Government, business and labor need to work together to train people for today's and tomorrow's jobs in order to maintain a strong middle class, be competitive in the world and break the cycle of poverty that feeds on paying taxpayers. Only a long-term vision will correct the problem. Enough of the gamesmanship and "it's my way or no way" philosophy that now rules our government and democracy.

Somehow the people or Congress need to change our system. God help us and the world if we don't

-- Tom Hagen, Cameron Park

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