By any measure, House failed

December 28, 2013 

As we come to the end of the year, let us reflect on the value of our elected officials.

Under Republican leadership, our U.S. House of Representatives has been the least productive of any House in the history of our nation. Members rarely even have any sessions scheduled. They only showed up for work 126 days this year while collecting an average annual salary of $174,000.

When they do pass something, they usually pass things that they know will go nowhere, like repealing Obamacare. They voted on that more than 40 times, knowing full well that it would never be signed by the president. That cost taxpayers more than $54 million.

Even by Republican Speaker John Boehner's standard, which is their success should be measured by how many laws they repeal, they have been a failure.

Why do Republicans, who claim to be fiscal conservatives, continue to waste money by voting for these worthless bills and why do people vote for the representatives who keep bringing them to the floor? Republican conservatives like Ronald Reagan and both of the Bush administrations have wasted more money than all of the other presidents combined. If real conservatives want to end this fiscal nightmare, they will quit electing people who blindly support this do-nothing Republican Congress.

Chuck Boeckman

Bartelso

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