Poor performance doesn’t merit contributions

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, August 16, 2017

To the Editor:

Dear Republican Congressional leaders Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Stivers and your colleague in the Senate, Mitch McConnell:

You will notice that I am returning your ASK AMERICA National Policy Survey unanswered and with no accompanying financial contribution. Surveys I have previously completed have been a waste of my time.

I ask you to please remove my name from your mailing list because I no longer support your lame efforts to complete even the basic promises you have made since Mr. [Barack] Obama was first elected in 2008. Even Senator McConnell’s promise to “ensure that Obama is a one-term president” failed miserably.

And now you have failed to overturn his disastrous health care program, which will inevitably implode after putting health care insurance out of reach of an increasing number of hard-working Americans and increasing the financial burden on those of us who pay our taxes. Do you people ever even think about how your actions will affect your grandchildren and their grandchildren?

Along with many of my Republican friends I am becoming more and more dissatisfied with the performance of our Congressional leaders, and many have come to regret having voted Republican these past few years. Thanks to us, you have a majority in both houses of Congress, and yet you seem unable to get anything done except toss insults back and forth and take breaks and vacations. Senator McConnell, you are rapidly becoming worse even than your predecessor, Harry Reid. You are as big a joke as New York’s Senator Charles Schumer. You have suggested that President [Donald] Trump has “excessive expectations” when he has attempted to keep the promises he made to the Americans who voted for him.

I maintain that what most of you in Congress have as your main objective is getting re-elected. You have become more and more of a disgrace as I have observed your actions since my first presidential vote in 1964. As a body, you have become in my eyes more like fleas on a dog, simply attaching yourselves to something warm and fuzzy and waiting for someone to come along and feed you.

Beginning with some of FDR’s social policies, and continuing with Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, Congress has allowed this country to become about $20 trillion in debt, with no end in sight and no solutions, while at the same time voting yourselves countless pay raises and rewarding yourselves with gold-plated health care and other perks. I realize that leaders of both political parties have participated in this fiasco, and that Democrats do not deserve ALL the blame, but those of us who voted Republican expected you to fix things … not simply talk about fixing things. You should all be embarrassed. To say that we the people are sorely disappointed is an understatement.

So, I ask you once again; please remove my name from your mailing list. Any financial contributions I make in the future will go to Judicial Watch, which seems to be the only organization in Washington with common sense, integrity, a serious work ethic and the ability to get anything done.

Ash Cutchin