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Voters are their own worst enemy

Congress has gone beyond dysfunction; they are now working against us, continuing to spend like drunken sailors (my apologies to drunken sailors everywhere; I used to be one).

Congress refuses to address our approaching deficit crises, finding it politically expedient to fight among themselves over minutiae while our economic train rushes toward the cliff. Small wonder their approval rate is at an all time low (11 percent) and sinking fast.

So Congress has failed, miserably; who can we blame, Republicans? Democrats?  Nope, as Pogo used to say: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” We voted them in and we must vote them out, all of them.

Most voters like to think that their personal representatives are OK and it’s all those other misfits causing the gridlock. That’s just wrong, that’s why it’s so hard to get desperately needed new talent and fresh ideas into Congress. That’s how incumbents become career politicians who build bridges to nowhere.

If we allow any of our failed politicians to remain, we can only expect more of the same, and we simply can’t afford that.

Kent Vandervelde
Oak Harbor


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