It is Congress that is broken


Last week we were treated to Gov. Christie’s pep talk. Let’s see, New Jersey was ranked 47th in the nation in GDP growth in 2011, its unemployment is 9.8 percent (fourth highest in the nation), lost 12,000 jobs last month (worst in the country) and ranked 44th in income growth in 2011 (all sources available to those concerned). Not a lot of confidence there!

Then we hear a lot about Ronald Reagan. Let’s look at him for a minute. He gave amnesty to undocumented workers, expanded the size of the federal government, tripled the deficit, added trillions to the debt, backed bailouts of domestic industries and sought a world free of nuclear weapons. He routinely compromised with Democrats, met with our enemies without preconditions, criticized Israel and illegally funneled arms to Iran. As governor of California, he increased spending, raised taxes, helped establish the nation’s first state-based emissions standards, signed an abortions rights bill and expanded the nation’s largest state-based medical program.

Now, lets look at what the Republican-controlled House has done. Blocked a bill that would tax companies that ship jobs overseas, blocked a bill that would provide for political ad disclosure, blocked the small-business jobs act, blocked the anti-rape amendment, blocked homeless veterans benefits, blocked health care for 911 first responders, blocked the jobs bill, blocked Wall Street reform, blocked oil spill liability, blocked immigration reform, blocked the Fair Pay Act and blocked the unemployment extension bill!

I might add that our representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, voted lock-step with her party on all of these! (Heck, on a recent “Constituents Work Week” she was in the South raising money for the party, not here listening to her constituents).

Yet, there are those who would blame our president for everything. There have been more jobs created under the Obama administration in four years than the Bush administration in eight, the stock market is nearing record highs, housing markets are showing growth, as well as manufacturing.

The point is, it is turning around, no thanks to those who have been obstructionists or those spouting the party rhetoric.

It’s Congress that is broken (12 percent approval rating). It’s time to get rid of McMorris Rodgers and find someone who can work for Eastern Washington. I will support Rich Cowan.

Bruce McCutcheon

Walla Walla


namvet60 2 years, 10 months ago

WOW - I'm wondering if we live in the same country? Maybe you should give some attention to the Senate Majority leader along with the Washington Senators allowing those policies and budget that have been submitted and are now laying on the Senate floor. Oh I'm sorry that part is not in the Democrat talking points!


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