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March 27, 2013

Poor representation

Having written my U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek regarding the current fiscal mess in Washington, I was shocked by his form letter reply in which he laid the entire blame for the sequester on President Obama, stating that “My colleagues in the House remain committed to giving the American people the plan they deserve.”

This is what we “deserve”? How insulting, not only to my intelligence, but to the intellect of millions of Americans who see through the constant GOP attempts to smear this president to keep 90 percent of this country’s wealth in the hands of two percent of the people, and to lower the living standard of everyone else.

Benishek seems contemptuous of anyone not toeing the “bring down the government,” Tea Party line and dismisses with disdain all attempts at bipartisanship or debate. This is not representation; it’s paying back Karl Rove and the Koch brothers for the money they poured into his campaign.

Campaigning in his doctor costume, complete with stethoscope, he apparently forgot that the Hippocratic Oath includes the line, “I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings …”

What a waste for Northern Michigan.

Gary Powell

Traverse City

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