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Rep out of touch

August 26, 2012
Steven Pence, Marquette , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editors:

U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek's recent op-ed was a collection of platitudes devoid of substance. He has been and remains an out of touch congressman who refuses to meet with ordinary citizens, but hand-picks business people from his district who readily support his conclusion that the world would be a better place if they could operate utterly unregulated and if uninsured individuals continued to get their medical treatment in local emergency rooms. Which, of course, the rest of us subsidize.

Does he not know that the original impetus for universal health care in America came from conservatives? They had the notion that people should take responsibility for their lives.

It is simply untrue, that the President is considering not extending middle-class tax cuts. The president's concern is tax cuts for the very wealthy. Why, then, does the congressman say a businessman from Petoskey cannot invest in his furniture store for fear that his middle-class tax cuts will not be there next year?

Isn't a man allegedly trained in the science of medicine, constrained to speak the truth to his constituents rather than inflaming the passion of fear by repeating something he knows to be untrue?

Perhaps if the congressman met with citizens who wish to speak with him rather than a few hand-chosen Tea Party-type, he would have a better understanding of what his district wants and needs

Is an honest discussion of the issues asking too much?



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