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SEQUESTER: Stop playing political games

Letter by Margot LeRoy, Gig Harbor on March 7, 2013 at 10:54 am | No Comments »
March 7, 2013 1:21 pm

Re: “Sequestration proves Obama didn’t break GOP” (TNT, 3-7).

Reading Byron York’s opinion piece, I was struck by how very important this conflict between the president and Congress has become. In York’s view, it is all about “winning” the battle. I was under the impression, until the last four years, that it was about governing.

This is not some contest, and it is not a gladiator match. It is about making government work. As a voter, I made my choice very clear last November, as did a majority of Americans. That is what democracy is all about. At some point, this game-playing needs to end for the security of our nation. We are sending a message of turmoil and weakness to our enemies.

As a tax-paying citizen, I would like Congress to actually be at work, doing their jobs. Just prior to the sequester, they took a 10-day break for Presidents’ Day. They came back for four days and left for another long weekend.

That is an insult to every citizen of this nation. They collect a salary of $176,000 per year, plus expenses. Holding our economy hostage repeatedly is not helpful or productive. I have come to believe we are being blackmailed into changing our votes for future elections.

Delay and deny is not the business of our government. At some point, respecting the choices of the American voter needs to begin. The tyranny of the minority harms this country both at home and abroad.

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