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Letter to the Editor: Tired of the Washington gridlock

on October 23, 2013 10:20 AM

I am writing in response to the analysis piece by Nancy Benac of the AP titled “Maybe you’re to blame for shutdown.” The writer quotes a Rutgers University political scientist who suggests that the members of current Congress “are probably a very accurate reflection of how their constituents feel.” The writer also indicated that 75 percent of voters want to see most members of Congress defeated. I for one am very frustrated with the Congress, Senate and administration in Washington. The problem with defeating any of them is that the choices offered are mostly no better than the incumbents.

The reason that the field of choice is so limited is the ungodly cost necessary to wage a campaign for a federal election.

And the prize for that election is so lucrative, it drives most if not all of our federally elected officials to only one goal — re-election, not to the overall benefit of our country.

That is the bottom line for their existence in Washington. And there is really only one way to solve it. Two words — term limits. It’s how this country started — the representatives should come from the working people and after they have served their duty, they should return to a “working” existence, not what exists in Washington.

That would drive to the nation’s capital those that truly want to improve this country, not those that want to make a career out of feeding off of our tax dollars.

What could be a better reason for “kicking the can down the road” by our elected officials but to say to your constituents “re-elect me so I can go back and finish the hard work that we’ve all been so tirelessly working on.”

It’s called self-preservation. Sadly, those that could change the law are the ones who would be affected by it, so I don’t ever see it happening. How did we ever get into this mess?

Michael Rempel

Indiana

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