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Don’t let Congress roll over you, demand accountability

Published: Tue, October 15, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Don’t let Congress roll over you, demand accountability

Obamacare is the law of the land since its passage (years ago) by the same Congress that now has its knickers in a twist over implementing the law it passed.

Obamacare is a good idea badly developed. No citizen of this blessed nation should suffer for want of medical care that is readily available when it is profitable for providers to render it. How much profit, who pays what portion, and how, are the devilish details Congress has the power and, allegedly, the skill to work out.

Instead of debating, compromising and amending Obamacare into a workable means of providing for the common good of the nation, Congress continues its shameless wallowing in the muck of party power grabbing. The same-old same-old has become too old to be tolerated further. Members of Congress behave as though they have no skin in the game. Oh, that’s right, they don’t.

Multiple shiploads of money and influence are on the table, not just for Obamacare, but for every bill that makes it to a vote, and therein lies the primary interests of our supposed leaders. Getting the corrupting influence of money out of politics is likely the only solution to the D.C. shuffle and sham.

We don’t need the self-serving, self- aggrandizing, oily lot we unfortunately have become accustomed to as government. Nor do we need ideals-bound Pollyannas unable to consider compromise. We need hard working, highly skilled, forthright public servants in Congress who are dedicated to achieving realistic goals for the good of the country. We need men and women willing to ante up verifiable, personal responsibility for their work on legislation. What we have are people who serve their party and themselves first, and treat the good of our nation as an unsubstantial afterthought to be discussed in glittering generalities.

Recognize that Congress is our employee. As such, we must provide its members with direction as to the goals we believe are desirable for our Republic and with sensible rules that we expect them to follow to achieve those goals. Let’s demand that our representatives in Congress communicate to us, at least quarterly, how they voted on which pieces of legislation and why. The informed choices the electorate could make based on this information would be at least a start toward raising the voice of the people to a volume approaching the siren song of cash.

Make some noise, write some letters, send some email, talk to your neighbors, stand up and stand together or the Capitol do-nothing machine will roll right over you.

Jim Cartwright, Canfield


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