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ELECTION: Reichert no longer shows independence

Letter by Kenneth Bryant, Kent on Sep. 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm with 7 Comments »
September 4, 2012 12:45 pm

I voted for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert in past elections. I thought he voted his conscience, often bucking his party when legislation was bad or flawed.
He has changed. Now he is just a non-thinking, uncompromising, robo-voting GOP gang member. He disregards the merits of any proposed legislation if it comes from the administration.

For example, he voted to gut the Clean Air Act. He must not remember the Tacoma of 25 years ago. He voted to cut food stamps but voted to keep his own benefits intact. He voted against the jobs bill to repair the country’s infrastructure. Surely there was some value in that legislation that could have been modified by compromise and made to work. Apparently not if it came from the Obama administration.

He wouldn’t even vote to stop the oil company subsidies although their profits are at an all-time high.

With Congress’ approval ratings hovering around 20 percent, why would I want to send him back? I’ll do what I can to help him retire.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. When has Reichert been anyting but a mindless, lockstepping GOPher?

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    For God’s sake xring he voted FOR “cap and trade”. His party did not support this legislation.

    I don’t know why but if that is not a sign of independence from his party what is?

  3. Cap and Trade – another one of those ideas that Republicans were for before Obama won the White House.

    True independence would be voting to raise taxes on the rich and to close tax loop holes.

  4. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Like that will do any good. Tax the rich 100% and you can fund the government for 4 hours. What we need are cuts, cuts, cuts, cuts!!!!

    Stop the darn spending before you even talk tax increases for ANYONE!!

  5. aislander says:

    Yeah, Bryant: I believe you’ve always been a Reichert supporter. And I recently bought beachfront property on the moon…

  6. Taxed – under Clinton we had a balanced budget and the top two tax rates were still under 40%, and capital gains tax was 28%.

  7. Clamat0 says:

    Is the moon in Reichert’s territory too? Last I checked Tacoma never was.

    Dems must be casting a wide net since they’ve run out of Microsoft Billionaire babes to throw at him.

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