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Monday, October 14, 2013
It is time for those of us in the 6th and 9th congressional districts to call upon our congressmen, Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith to take a leadership role in ending this mess in Washington. Both of these gentlemen know me as a loyal member of the opposition.
I respect both of these gentlemen for their moderate positions, well representing the views of most in our area.
But it is time for them to step up to the plate and bring the rest of their brethren into line.
Congress as a body has passed laws and made promises. Whether its members and we like it or not, the bill is due, and, much like the credit card debt the spouse runs up, it must be paid or we will suffer the consequences.
The time for debate is when the bill is being passed or the promises made, not when the bill collector is at the door. I call upon these gentlemen to pay the bill, pass both a budget for 2014 (not a continuing resolution) and a debt ceiling increase to fund the government as necessary for the foreseeable future, and then go back and fight for Southwest Virginia’s fiscally conservative values in Congress.
Yes, we are all living longer. The Social Security age should be raised to reflect this, and while we are at it, the Social Security tax should apply to all wages, not just a limited amount. Our defense posture should be to protect us from the world, not the world from itself, and the defense budget should reflect this. Our health care system is a mess, with the worse cost/results ratio in the world. Actions should be taken to correct this, but no American should go without basic health care. There are many things for our congressmen to busy themselves with debating, but debating if they are going to pay the bills they have already made is not one of them.
I encourage everyone reading this to go the website www.house.gov, locate your congressman and tell him it’s time to pay the bill. Pass a 2014 budget and debt ceiling increase. Do it now; debate later.
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