While I don’t necessarily agree with the quote often attributed to Einstein that “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity” (paraphrased), I do believe doing the same thing over 40 times, and expecting a different outcome is insane. I am talking of course, about the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voting to either kill the ACA or defund it. Our very own Greg Walden is, of course, complicit in these insane actions. He and his colleagues in the House have now upped the ante, shutting down the government. This creates, in the opinion of virtually every economist, a global financial crisis. In my humble opinion these actions are equivalent to treason. That definition is: Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies. My question to all these “representatives of the people” is why are you working for the government that you want to shut down? If you can’t help govern, then get out of office, and let people who actually want to help run for office.

Alan Pachtman