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October 5, 2013

Letter: Fed lawmakers doing job for which they were elected

To the editor:

I think it’s time for Michael Cook to grow up and accept the duly elected congressmen and senators with whom he disagrees (Letters, the Times, Friday, Oct. 4).

Elections do have consequences. Those names he took the time to mention were elected to do away with a dictatorial health-care law that the American public did not want to begin with, so, according to Michael, they are doing what they were elected to do.

The Affordable Care Act is a law that our president thinks he is above. President Obama, by bypassing Congress and giving special treatment to all his supporters, has forced the average Joe out in the cold; having to purchase a product he may not want or be penalized by a tax.

Only Congress, not the courts or the president, has that authority. I believe we fought a war over “taxation without representation.”

So, Michael, stop throwing a tantrum and embrace the fact that finally we have lawmakers that are willing to put their careers on the line, to stand up for the principles and convictions for which they were elected.

Perhaps, if the ACA was presented to all members of Congress, instead of being written by a few in the dark of night, in closed sessions, the law might look significantly different than the train wreck it was labeled by its primary author.

Then, perhaps this rebellion within the GOP, and all of Congress, might not be taking place.

Michael, take a close look at how our country is becoming a banana Republic. Grow up, and help bring greatness back to the U.S. of A.

GERALD MAHIEU

Langsford Street, Gloucester

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