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Like many of the country’s citizens, I have been watching with great interest, and fear, the Congress’ attempt to pass a Health Bill. Like many I believe that there are improvements that can be made to health care as it is handled in the United States. However the way the Senate has gone about passing their version of the bill is abominable.
The United States is a republic, which means that we elect individuals to represent us in the federal government since it is not feasible to put each and every law to the vote of the citizens. When I vote for my senators and representatives, I expect them to vote in my stead for the benefit of the country. It goes without saying that there are bound to be some things that are good for the country that are not personally to my benefit. As an example, it may be good for the country to take my property for a highway, but bad for me personally. I may disagree with my senators and representative as to how they vote, but so long as they firmly believe that the way they vote is what is good for the country as a whole, I should be willing to go along with them.
What is personally reprehensible to me is that senators and representatives can be bribed to vote a specific way. A case in point is that in order to get enough votes to pass the Senate’s version of the health care bill, senators from Louisiana and Nebraska and others were bribed in order to get their votes. The senator from Louisiana received $300 million for her state. I’m not sure how much it cost to get the senator from Nebraska’s vote.
If it requires our Congress to resort to bribery in order to pass laws, it goes without saying there is something wrong with the legislation. I strongly resent the fact that my tax money is being used to buy the votes of Senators from other states.
There is something fundamentally wrong if Congress is required to vote on bills before they are ever read and then must be bribed in order to get their vote. Friends have told me that this is the way politics work in Washington. If this is the case, it is no wonder why we have such a low opinion of politicians. This bill should be scrapped and re-done from the beginning.
This year is an election year; I sincerely hope that as citizens of the United States we let our Congress know what we think of them. I’m beginning to think that term limits might be a way to go, but that is the subject for another letter to the editor.
Tom Dapron Carrollton