The Republican-controlled House has adjourned for the next seven weeks. They have now set a record for the fewest days worked in the month of September.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Republican colleagues have served eight days this month. At least when they are not in town, the damage is minimized. Let’s examine their work record over the last 13 years:
Authorized two wars while reducing taxes (Iraq and Afghanistan were funded off budget). Republicans (President George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson) authorized the bank bailout (off budget). Medicare drug coverage unfunded and unbudgeted.
McMorris Rodgers and the Republican leadership can claim $5.1 trillion in unfunded deficits for American taxpayers.
Like all politicians, Cathy now bemoans the mortgaged future of her children. Like all politicians, Cathy’s outrage is self-serving. It’s election time and she expects us to forget.
Just what has she done for the citizens of the 5th Congressional District? What is this “fight” she wages on our behalf? More importantly, what has she delivered? It takes more than just standing behind Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor with an empty smile.
It’s time for McMorris Rodgers to face voter-initiated term limits.
Bruce R. Smith