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Let's retire our congressman

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By The Staff

There were three articles published on the opinion page on Sept. 22 that deserve responses.

Letter writer Christine Taylor is right about agreeing to disagree, but talking or writing something negative is not wrong if based on facts.

Letter writer Philip Wright’s remarks are evidently from a man who has not, and cannot accept facts from a conservative.

Bobby Collins’ guest column is actually a testimonial to a man we all used to know and vote for. That man is not who is seeking reelection. Facts show that as of January of 2006, when the Democrats took control of the House and Senate, John Spratt became chair of the House Budget Committee, and joined Nancy Pelosi’s management team. The facts are that this team’s accomplishments include:

u Refusing 17 times to support former President George Bush’s efforts to stop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from making more than $5 trillion of toxic loans leading us into the housing collapse and economic turmoil.

u Pushing through President Barack Obama’s never-ending actions to increase government’s control of citizens, business and industry, with no attention to budgets, indebtedness or individual rights.

For the first time in its history, our country has no budget for this legislative year. Oh, we’ll get one – right after the election, so it won’t show how bad things are, until it’s too late to do anything about it. Mr. Spratt has been silent about this, the chairman of the Budget Committee.

On the home front, Mr. Spratt distanced himself from his electorate. He no longer accepted or returned phone calls, did not respond to letters, became unable to fulfill speaking engagements. Of course this all changed when he hit the campaign trail.

We need to help retire our congressman. Now.

Leo R. Maguire

Lancaster