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Thu., Dec. 13, 2012, midnight

Boehner ditching principles

I am troubled by the decisions and actions the House Republican leadership is taking. Speaker John Boehner surrendered any bargaining power the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected. The actions of Boehner as he attempts to bargain with Obama are like those of an abused spouse; trying to keep a relationship together by giving up one’s self-respect, principles and soul. The speaker draws lines in the sand that Obama crosses repeatedly!

The Republican leadership has stripped chairmanship positions from conservative representatives. They support tax increases, even disavowing their pledge to not raise taxes. What does it say when they take a pledge to get elected, then disavow their pledge once in office?

Boehner needs to remember that conservative voters were mostly responsible for his position as speaker.

We, the people, are not being represented by the elected. We need representatives who will defend the Constitution over the caucus; principles over the party; to do what is best for the country. I believe there are electable people out there who will support and defend the Constitution and represent the people. Loyalty to the Constitution is a must; loyalty to the party breeds contempt for the people.

Doug Belcher


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