We’ve read and heard all of the justifications for the congressional impasse that is terrorizing our nation.

We use the word “terror” emphatically. What else can you call tactics the perpetrators fully intend to wreck the stock market, throw people out of work and remove any semblance of stability for economic growth?

House GOP leadership has chosen tactics that cannot improve health care, immigration security, energy independence, education excellence or any of our nation’s urgent goals. Instead, Speaker John Boehner and his team chose tactics that are harming Americans.

These means are justified by a muddled end. At best, the House GOP majority showdown is intended to make a political point about government spending and deficits. Partisan candidates can afford the divisive rhetoric that is grist for campaigns. Elected leaders truly interested in reining in spending know that votes – not ultimatums -- are needed from both parties to effect change.

Like it or not, that’s how Obamacare became law. Proponents didn’t just lob insults. They courted the opposition, offered compromises and did the hard work of governance.

Today, we’re seeing an undisciplined House majority adamantly avoid governance. Republicans properly earned that majority by forcefully challenging key principles of governance and policy. But the litany of challenges that fueled the successful campaigns do not constitute leadership.

Last week, the man who represented the Republicans’ best hopes in 2008 condemned his party’s obstinate fixation on eliminating Obamacare. “We started this on a fool’s errand, convincing so many millions of Americans and our supporters that we could defund Obamacare," Sen. John McCain said.

"We fought as hard as we could in a fair and honest manner and we lost. One of the reasons was because we were in the minority, and in democracies, almost always the majority governs and passes legislation."

The House GOP majority could govern and pass legislation. But under John Boehner’s waffling direction, it has chosen to squander the faith American voters put in them. This collection of tea party candidates hasn’t grasped that they are legislators paid to govern, not campaign. Sadly, fomenting constant turmoil seems to be just the ticket for Republican re-election.

The problems facing America are not the fault of a single party’s legislators. Neither can they be solved by a single party. Resolving them requires the collaborative governance and an outlook longer than polling cycles. The House GOP majority seems fixated on ultimatums that make collaborative governance impossible. Instead, these threats terrorize the U.S. economy by forcing Americans to react fearfully to an out-of-control Congress, instead of planfully, forcefully and patriotically to shared ideals of governance.

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Klaatu
Klaatu

The terrorist here is Obama. From his use of the IRS to his use of the NSA, his regime is remarkably similar to that of Stalin. Gangster government, he is fomenting revolution and civil war.

Alligator
Alligator

Mentalities like yours lead to gunmen firing at innocent "sheep" from clock towers. You should be ashamed.

4ever49

Alligator – like playing politically correct footsy using the term “domestic violence” instead of “Islamic terrorist” will keep Islamic nut jobs at bay?

Wheezy
Wheezy

Stalin and gangsters now?
The breadth of your nonsense is impressive.

Alligator
Alligator

Great editorial by the QCtimes. I like how when the Republicans get called names, they get their panties in a bunch and clutch their pearls, yet they repeatedly say Obama is trying to "destroy America." Way to go QC Times for calling it like it is!!!!

senor citizen

The Times will be more than willing to take ad dollars from "terrorists" come election time.

R A Cole
R A Cole

The editorial writers for the Times Democrat have succumbed to Obama’s relentless blaming of the GOP. The writers seem unaware that the GOP controlled House has passed many spending bills, but they were rejected by the Democrat controlled Senate. Obama and Reid continually claim they will not negotiate and demand to have everything their way. This is dictatorial tactics on the part of Obama and Reid. Our country was founded on the principal of compromise. Obama is a failure as a leader and too immature to resolve these issues. I am looking forward to a time when we have an adult in the White House.

Alligator
Alligator

Obama should NOT compromise funding for Obamacare, It survived two elections and a supreme court ruling. He has said many times, come to him with something other than defunding Obamacare and he will compromise. But no, The Republicans can't let it go. Face it, you lost the national election, the majority want obamcare. This is a democracy. Majority Rules!!!! You guys are Sore Losermans.

Wheezy
Wheezy

Common fallacy that GOP is "giving" Obama something by approving continuing resolution ( extension of existing spending levels) without conditions, so they have to "get" something in return.

What they wanted to "get" was defunding Obamacare. That's not initiating negotiations, that's extortion.

Most of GOP agrees, but too afraid of tea party. Sad decline.

olenumber7

What do we expect from the Quad City Liberal Democrat Times.

Mise

I expect the honesty we get from the Quad Cities Times. Just because truth does not reinforce your biases and faith-based politics does not make it less truthful.

daniel nicholson

I don t no what you said freesenior but I do no in 2009 Nancy Pelosi said on the capitol steps we won meaning the democrats won the house and have the senate. Well the Republicans now have the house and the keys to the purse strings and the democrats are crying about it..

4ever49

Another clap-trap word bomb editorial by Lee staffers. Can there be any wonder why Lee stock is down so much?
Now Congress is labeled “terrorist” and “undisciplined” by this pack of politically correct lefties when they don’t knuckle under to the wishes of Obama and followers. Obama & etal are taking this nation down the path to rampant inflation by printing money to sustain out of control spending because they can no longer make any case for increasing taxes to support this spending.
I find it ridiculous that Lee staffers think those that disagree with Obama are failing at governance. There are numerous examples of Obama saying one thing while on the campaign trail and then doing the opposite – and this is considered governance?
We also now have the specter of the IRS carrying out the directives emanating from the White House against those that would oppose him – and this is considered governance?
Call it what it is – Chicago style political corruption and intimidation by our most inept president ever.

Edgar Pearlstein

It's not a matter of just disagreement, but of tactics. Taking hostages is a terrorist tactic.

Traveler77

I would disagree with your statement Edgar. Taking hostages would be a criminal tactic not limited to terrorists. I don't recall either said of the issue taking any hostages. The use of that phrase insults individuals that have been hostages in the real world. This problem with name calling and getting the people spun us is pure Hollywood and the Democrats should cease at once.

Plato

Another comment.Where is the Times coverage of the World War II veterans and other veterans, pulling down the barricades at the WW II memorial and throwing them down in front of the White House while being harassed by Capitol police? This occurred over the weekend. Another fine example of selective journalism by the Times.

Dennis Carr

No Republicans voted for Obamacare...with whom did the "proponents" negotiate and compromise?

Wheezy
Wheezy

A majority in the House, 60 votes in the Senate, Presidential signature, and OK from Supreme Court.
That's called democracy.

Wheezy
Wheezy

Wrong, TP. The biggest U.S. creditors are United States citizens - Social Security, bonds held by pension funds, and your kids Savings Bonds, among other things.

Perry and Palin probably don't understand that either.

kristensuzanne

And I suppose this would be classified as terrorism too: townhall.com/tipsheet/townhallcomstaff/2013/10/13/... Cached
As I am a military veteran and retiree, I would be joining those who deposited those 'Barrycades' back to the White House lawn and who also is a Tea Party member...being delusional is your own state of mind....we don't do 'terrorism'; we do service...it's the Bamster who allows the Muslim Brotherhood, known terrorists into our White House...and as someone who spent almost twenty years in the intelligence community of this country, you had better believe we will never allow this 'rogue' regime who currently occupies the White House any rest at all for his betrayal of the American people. You are the ones who have a lot to learn about Islamic terrorism and you'll find out just how ignorant you really are.

longjohn412

I would call that man a possible traitor

Obama won fair and square and to call his Administration a 'rogue regime' spits all over the US Constitution and our elections under it ....

Simple as that .....

Traveler77

Likely just following the example of Obama when he ignores our Constitution time and again.

longjohn412

"as someone who spent almost twenty years in the intelligence community"

On the plus side we likely found the Incompetent Boob who claimed Sadaam had WMD's when he didn't and cost us 4,500 American Lives

longjohn412

"as someone who spent almost twenty years in the intelligence community"

After the failure to prevent 9-11 and the even bigger failure to find WMD's in Iraq costing even more lives, being a member of the intelligence community back then isn't exactly something worth bragging about .... I'm certainly not impressed ... in the least

Sounds like just another NeoCon Blowhard to me ....

Stonecold
Stonecold

Exactly!

Traveler77

Must irk you that Clinton has Bin Laden in his grip and let him go. Also, it was a Bush that liberated Kuwait and dismantled the first stockpile of WMDs in Iraq. And, the do you really think Syria built their WMDs? IF YOU really spent any time in the intel world you know this to be true.

Stonecold
Stonecold

Longjohn412,

You can try and educate an ayn rand libertarian, but the only problem, is it goes in one ear and out the other, because there's no mass in the center to comprehend any thing!

Wheezy
Wheezy

Not terrorism, just stupidity.

Also nothing to do with my comment.

Traveler77

You left out one Wheezy. Welfare mothers and their ilk. You ever wonder why we hear about Social Security going bankrupt and NOT welfare? Well it's simple. One was built by work and the other was given by liberals.

Stonecold
Stonecold

Newspeak at its finest!

And, which ayn rand libertarians are masters at.

Wheezy
Wheezy

Hatred and bigotry - the new GOP.

FoxNewsSucKs

"Conservatives" :

Think the USA was founded on Christian Fundamentals
Think Reagan never raised taxes
Think Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction
Think the debt ceiling never raised under Reagan / Bush 43
Think the debt never increased under Reagan:

The USA is at war folks ... and Ted Cruz is AQ's #2 man !!

kristensuzanne

What an absolute load of horse manure and you're spewing it....the reality is you live in a fantasy world where you are responsible for nothing, just like Barry does...well, we now live in a world Barry created and it sucks, rather like your opinions do that have no basis in fact and only in fiction...

Stonecold
Stonecold

If I'm not mistaken, I'd have to say, klaatu has a new moniker!

Traveler77

Who asked you wrestler? Sports Entertainer and Political Entertainer...LOL

Stonecold
Stonecold

Are you really that ignorant, traveler?

kristensuzanne

Profanity....? Wow....and FoxNewsSucks isn't profanity.? You have a long way to go before you understand vile profanity...

coffee cup
coffee cup

Treason? Maybe. Sedition? You bet!

sedition
noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction. Because it is limited to organizing and encouraging opposition to government rather than directly participating in its overthrow, sedition is regarded as falling one step short of the more serious crime of treason

senor citizen

The Times writes good obits, well I wanted to say something nice about your paper. The Hopey, Changey Thingy ain't workin' out is it?

longjohn412

The QC Times endorsed Romney not Obama ....

Kinda shoots your "Liberal Media" bulls--t all to he-- .....

Stonecold
Stonecold

You can try and teach an ayn rand libertarian, but the only problem, is it goes in one ear and out the other, because there's no mass in the center to comprehend any thing!

senor citizen

Romney, like Bloomberg is a Republican in their home states, neither one would or could be a Republican anyplace but MA or NY. The liberal socialist North East is a part set aside from the U.S. politically. Since the days of FDR that area has tried to ruin a perfectly good country and they have now succeeded.

TeaPublican

Do you know who really loses if obama’s America defaults? NOT us Americans….but CHINA and JAPAN! They are the two largest US creditors, holding nearly $2.5 trillion in US Treasury bonds between them. Honestly, do you really care if China and Japan gets caught holding the bag! Hahaha Serves them right! Yes, I know, when we TeaPublicans force Obama's government to default on its debt, some of you might lose a little bit of your 401k retirement. But honestly folks, that’s just the small price Americans are going to have to pay to save and take back OUR America! “P n P” in 2016! Perry n Palin taking back OUR America!

Crusader

You really have no comprehension of how markets work do you?

Wheezy
Wheezy

Excellent analysis

Edgar Pearlstein

Yes, it's terrorism to take hostages and threaten to harm them. That's what the Republicans are doing to our government and our international reputation.

4ever49

Edgar - you are clueless. Our international reputation is in the toilet because of the absolute failure of leadership by Obama.

snowman05

We have "trouble" calling out terrorist around the world. The President and many in the media won't call then terrorists. We had to stop saying the war on terror and find a more non offending way to describe our war. But we have no problem as a democrat or a newspaper, of calling Americans terrorists. But we were told after Gabby Giffords attack by a left wing nut, that our rhetoric caused her attack and the right had to tone it down. But this last week the President referred to the GOP as someone holding a gun to Americas head and other inflammatory rhetoric. This is ok in the liberal mindset. Thank you QC Times for speaking out of both sides of your mouth, because you too were parroting the same remarks just a few years ago.

longjohn412

Terrorism -
1.
the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2.
the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.
a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Seems to fit the Teahaggers to a 'T' .... all 3 definitions

Stonecold
Stonecold

Pay no attention to snowman05, because his brain was iced over aeon ago!

freesenior

And therein lies the rub. This divide is so much more than taxing and spending. It is about the people. When an editorial references elected representatives as terrorists, in implies that those that support them are terrorists. Such an editorial incites to riot. What is the unspoken and hiding in plain sight issue relates to fundamental concepts that have been turned upside down. The Republican Party is uncertain. It proclaims one set of prinicples and then votes for another. For a growing number of people party affiliation, regardless of standard is becoming suspect.
But both Parties have for years been bent upon the notion that Parties trump the constitutent. People are convinced that they must follow one camp or another and that plays to the hand of self deified rulers that under the guise of serving the public, rule it and harvest first power then the wealth that comes with it. When a speach is but a means of condemnation for the purposes of placating a public that has been indoctrinated for decades, held ignorant, unchallanged as to the individual and motivated by self preservation at the expense of those that struggle to self preserve, it would seem divide is actually encouraged.
The nation does not understand what it is, and if it does, it does not care. Who would trust a person trained in first aid to perform surgery to repair a broken leg. Just because a "majority" proclaims the first aid provider a surgeon does not a surgeon make. Sacrifice of rights, the abandonment of equality under the law, and imposed rule is not something that reflects collaborative governance. It has gone on too long and now there is vocal resistence to the grand planning of indvidual lives
Do not assume that all Americans are reacting fearfully to a so called out of control congress. It would seem that the government itself is fearful more than the people. Low information voters are on a learning curve and just because they are low information does not mean they are stupid. The States themselves, or at least a majority of them will be the eventual bastion of those that are resisiting the imposed rule that comes with a government that acts not on principle but upon arbitrary dicta. Calling those who are lawfully fighting the tide, terrorists, inspires fools to act in ways that create martyrs. That is something no one in their right mind will want.

Crusader

The majority of the states have set up health care exchanges which tells me the majority are not resistant to the "impose" rule. Although I don't know where you come up with the word "imposed". It was passed by both houses of Cengree, signed by the President and validated in a Supreme Court decision. In addition, it was re-validated in a national election when President Obama (the guy for the ACA) beat Romney (the guy opposed the the ACA) by 3 million votes nationwide.

And "low information voters"? Really? Aren't we special? And, "People are convinced they must follow one camp or another"? The majority of people are independent and many people from both parties have been known to vote for someone from another party at times. The American people are not as "sheepish" as you make them out to be.

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