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February 20. 2013 12:19AM
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Both sides in D.C. need to show more leadership

Let me state emphatically for the record, I am thoroughly disgusted with the behavior of the Democratic and Republican parties in Washington up to and including the president.

They have been debating endlessly on how to avoid this so-called fiscal cliff, and to me the only action of substance is both sides disagree with each other without fail.

Allow me to let you wizened sages of the Beltway in on a little secret: You are messing with my life, my family's life, and millions of other lives as you sit there in your gilded cage posturing on this and that.

This is not some game of poker on ESPN where your next bluff will win you the grand prize. I expect leadership from you and not endless partisan politics and speeches, up to and including campaign-like speeches by the president.

The President is paid $400,000 and the rank and file members of Congress are paid $174,000 (more for the leadership) per year as salary. One would think with this prestigious salary would come a sense of duty to serve this country and not yourself and/or some political ideologue within your party.

Successful negotiations involve give and take from both sides. I understand Mr. President you were just re-elected and made some wonderful promises to those who still believe in you.

Well promises are one thing; leadership, wisdom, and courage to adapt are another. I do not see the latter in you. Mr. Boehner. You are the House Leader and as such I suppose the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Well act like a leader, toss aside that ridiculous pledge you signed and accept the fact that taxes have to be adjusted for the top tier.

No one wants to pay more taxes, me included, but something has to be done. And to be fair and equal to my dear Democratic friends on the other side of aisle, that also means entitlements have to change including Medicare, Medicaid, and yes (gasp) Social Security.

Stop with your scare tactics and accept the fact that those programs are heading for insolvency and stop kicking the can down the street.

I ask each and every member of Congress and the President this: Are you there to serve the people or to serve yourself and the special interests? Because from where I sit, the people are the grist to your mill and departing Washington and all the trappings of your office is more frightening to you than doing the right thing.

David Pekala Rice Township

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