Obstructionism shouldn’t be rewarded

Published 11:54 am Monday, October 29, 2012

Dear editor:

While President Barack Obama was being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, there were 15 republicans meeting in a restaurant. Included in these 15 were Paul Ryan (candidate for vice president), Eric Cantor (one of the young guns) and Newt Gingrich. They made a plan to block President Obama from passing anything that would help the economy and thereby make the people unhappy with the president’s leadership. You can do this by filibustering a bill so it will require 60 votes to pass instead of the usual majority vote. If they did this consistently, they could take back the White House in 2012 because the economy would be in the tank. Not even the “jobs bill” was passed (that would have helped so many people) and the country’s infrastructure. This is not good politics; it is sabotage. It is just so hard to believe that people would stoop to this level.

What did our U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby and U.S. representative Spencer Bachus do while this treachery was going on? Did they lead and say, “Hey if we do this it might hurt the people of the U.S.?” No, they followed the evildoer’s lead, becoming part of the problem, obstructionism.

These people should not be rewarded by being re-elected. Maybe women should run for their positions. In fact, there is a woman, Ms. Penny Bailey, a U.S. veteran who is running for the 6th Congressional District U.S. representative. I don’t think women would agree to a plan that would hurt the United States of America and the people of the Great State of Alabama. Good luck to us all. Get out and vote.

Charles Powell, Clanton