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Web letter: Stutzman’s new approach sounds like reheated campaign rhetoric

Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s 13-paragraph letter in, “New approach beckons for the new year” (Dec. 16), begged for a response to his less than enlightening “new “approach in addressing his view of a “broken Washington” and identifying the “difficult, honest and hard work” it will take to “tackle these challenges” in the new year.

Nine of his 13 paragraphs were devoted primarily to: painting a picture of doom and gloom for Hoosiers; repeating the same old tired and outdated campaign rhetoric and talking points we have heard for the last four years; using copy and paste methods for statistical information and data that few, if anyone, will research for facts and accuracy; passing blame to the Senate and or the Obama administration; claiming that the House of Representatives passed the only budget (The Path to Prosperity) that would solve the nation’s economic problems; and assuring families and small businesses they would be threatened with higher taxes and uncertainty.

All those paragraphs and he did not suggest what his role has been, or will be as our representative in addressing these future crises. Based on his past performance, he will predictably and consistently vote lockstep with his party and keep step with the beat of his political contributors and lobbyists’ drums.

In the last three paragraphs he writes that his “hard and difficult work” will be required to “break Washington’s old habits and fix what’s broken.” His stated plans to accomplish this will be to “cut spending,” without stating where, how much and not identifying programs or areas that will be affected; have the Senate pass or extend the current tax rate cuts to all Americans without offering any reason why they haven’t done so already; reform and save Medicare for “patients and younger workers” without stating how, when or at what cost.

Stutsman should stand up, shake the Indiana clay out of his ears and come to the realization that there was a recent election. Hoosiers in the 3rd District sent him back to Washington to actively participate, take action and maybe even lead, to help fix “what’s broken.” It is also worth remembering that President Obama was re-elected as well, and the campaign to make him a one-term president is over. I feel that the majority of Americans are expecting all elected officials to participate positively, develop a backbone and take responsibility to actively represent the majority of their constituents not just a few big campaign contributors.

It was disappointing to read what appeared to be nothing more than a campaign form letter a staffer could write coming from our representative at this time of year.