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What happened to the word priority?

August 15, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

Did the Republican dominated U.S. House of Representatives lose their dictionary? "Precedence" is one definition in the Webster's dictionary. Another word is "prioritize," to arrange in order of "priority."

The U.S. House has just voted for its 33rd attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If this Republican dominated House is re-elected, its first act in 2013 will be to attempt to once again repeal the ACA.

"Repealing health care reform will add $230 billion to the deficit over the next decade, leaving 32 million fewer people with insurance and lead to higher costs for those who are covered, the Congressional Budget Office said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)." (Huffington Post)

Excuse my thinking that these so-called "budget hawks" are against deficit spending; or is that, only true, when it suites their convoluted draconian purposes? What happened to jobs being the number one concern of "We the people"? Obstructionism to anything that will help jobs should not be in the U.S House's vocabulary. They need a new dictionary.

Congress needs to get away from the idea that the Tea Party or Grover Norquist are in any way benefitting their constituents. People all over the country are being "sold down the river" by their representatives. The Tea Party numbers only 81 members in caucus - 79 Representatives and 2 Senators. That is not even 19 percent of the House and 4 percent of the Senate. This excessively vocal group has too much to say, is too committed to its own radical-right agenda and has too little commitment to the people of their districts. Tea Party values got them elected, and now these false values should absolutely get them unelected in 2012.

America's 50 states need jobs, jobs, jobs. I would compare their inaction of not approving job bills to fiddling while Rome burns, as over 23 million people still remain jobless.

As of today, the GOP segment of congress says they have a healthcare plan. I challenge that falsehood. Those who wave this illusive plan in front of the American people and call it "Patient Centered Care" are really trying to fool all the people all the time.

They have nothing that even resembles a plan for the American people to see. Not even one page as illustrated by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) as he clearly demonstrated the absence of a comprehensive healthcare replacement bill from Republicans, even as they planned to vote for the 33rd time to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law later that day.

If ever there was a justification for an anti-incumbent vote; it is in the upcoming 2012 elections. So, Lehigh voters, beware of your congressmen - Tom Rooney and Connie Mack. They have proven themselves to be a large part of the problem and not a part of the solution.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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