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Letter: Representatives have the right to change their minds

Posted: August 18, 2011 3:07 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2011 3:07 p.m.

Now that the dust has settled and the air has cleared and the debt limit has been raised with an agreement that seems to satisfy no one, I would like to point out the one thing that disturbs me about the political process just witnessed. It should disturb every voter.

It’s the idea that a person representing us in the House or the Senate would be stupid enough to promise or pledge that he or she will never do this or that.

Our representatives should always have the right and the ability to change their minds depending on the reality of changing circumstances.

Although this is not a condemnation of the tea party members who signed a pledge never to vote to raise taxes, their action is a perfect example of what I’m upset about.

It’s one thing to pledge to try not to raise taxes but quite something else to promise never to vote for a tax increase no matter what.

Things change, and our representatives must have the ability to meet those changing conditions. “Never say never” applies. I want my representative to be free to evaluate the situation and make a decision.


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