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Letter to the Editor: Negative ads about Halvorson annoying

on May 04, 2014 1:30 AM

I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the political rhetoric and negative campaigning from U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster as evidenced by all the political fliers I have received from him over the last several weeks via the postal service.

It seems as if he wants us to believe his crowning achievement for the last congressional cycle has been his steadfast voting to repeal, replace major portions of, or alter minor sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

He proudly touts his singular devotion to this cause by proclaiming he has voted the same way (against the act) more than 55 times!

OK, I get it — he doesn’t like Obamacare. But 55 times? Aren’t there other issues Congress should be spending time on that are being neglected while they continue to vote on what they know will be defeated in the Senate — just to make a point? How about perhaps working on job-creating legislation? Or legislation to curtail deficit spending? Or illegal immigration solutions?

The mudslinging literature I have received in the mail from Rep. Shuster about Art Halvorson is particularly annoying and depressing. First, it claimed Art’s a rich farmer taking government subsidies (not true). Then it was he was going to raise all of our taxes (again, not true — but any honest congressman might have to consider raising taxes — and cutting significant spending — at some point in the near future to bring the deficit under control). Next, Mr. Shuster claimed Art Halvorson would cozy up to the president, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in some sort of mutual love fest. Absolutely not true — but he might reach across the aisle to join Democrats in bipartisan legislation for the good of the country. Isn’t that what a statesman is supposed to do?

I had the privilege of serving in the military for a year with Art at the Air War College in 1999-2000. I can tell you from personal experience and lengthy interaction he is a man of the highest honor, integrity and service. He is a devoted family man and a patriot.

His stance on the constitutionally limited role of the federal government does not make him a “tea party favorite” (as announced in the local press); it makes him an honest, concerned American citizen, willing to serve. I believe we should give him that opportunity.

Patrick C. Keating

Colonel, USAF (Retired)

White Township

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