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December 21, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Biggest threat to U.S. is politicians

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Who or what is the greatest threat to our country’s future? Is it Iran, North Korea, terrorists or possibly China? The answer is none of the above. The greatest threat is our politicians’ inability to get things done. The refusal to compromise, fear of not being re-elected and stubborn pride in one’s ideology will bring our great country to its knees.

Somehow, someway our politicians must come to their senses and realize that love and well-being of our country trumps personal agendas. Our politicians must be more concerned about what is good for our country as opposed to being re-elected or giving in to lobbyists.

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  1. How sad....Robert Blanner says 'Somehow, someway our politicians must come to their senses and realize that love and well-being of our country trumps personal agendas.

    As long as being a Senator or House member can be a very lucrative 'career' because we have no term limits, this will never come to be.

    As long as the only way to get and keep that lucrative 'career' is to pander to powerful interest groups and trade legislation for money to get elected and stay in office that will never come to be. Public financing of campaigns could change that.

    As long as lobbyists are allowed into Congress in ways that allow them to actually participate in the drafting of legislation, this will never happen.

    Mr. Blanner and others can say 'oh dear!' all they want. They can wish for and vote for only candidates of 'their' party. They can believe the problems are the result of only 'one' party. They can refuse to push members of Congress to change the 'system' they operate in Congress. They can continue to reward long serving members with terrible records with re-election, 'hoping' for better results.

    It will all come to naught unless we insist the corrupted Congressional system be changed in ways that allow members to do what is best for our nation instead of what keeps them in office.

    Dreaming, wishing and hoping will accomplish none of the goals Mr. Blanner writes about.

    Michael

  2. When it's a matter of fad, go with the flow. When it's a matter of principle stand firm. Politics is advanced by the former, history by the latter.

    Carmine D

  3. It's a hopeless, inevitable train wreck!!

    Donald W. Desaulniers

  4. The biggest threat to the U. S. is money and power. That takes the form of politicians with money seeking power and politicians with power seeking money.

  5. Many of you seem concerned and irritated that powerful groups use money to influence legislators into giving them the advantages they seek. You also seen concerned that elected members of Congress are willing to give these powerful groups what they want in exchange for what they want.... a lucrative 'career' in Congress.

    Both impulses that concern and irritate you (and me) are 'human nature' and will not change. We had a system that helped keep 'human nature' in check. That system has become perverted over time and it must be altered. Term limits, public financing of campaigns, lobbying reform must be part of the required changes.

    Michael

  6. As long as we keep re-electing these bozos they will continue to do whatever they please and have no consideration for the voters. We need to give em a horse turd and tell em to kick it down the road , next election give em a message, " Youre Fired".