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Web letter by David Kolhoff: Coats, Republicans consistently show inability to govern

Our senior senator, Dan Coats, makes the national news twice in recent weeks, and my embarrassment at being represented by such a “tea party radical” (usually can substitute “Republican” or “conservative”) only increases.

The first mention related to Coats joining a dozen or so other Senate “luminaries” such as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and signing a letter promising a filibuster to prevent a vote on a gun bill since, according to Coats, he must protect the Second Amendment. Apparently that loyalty is only limited to that amendment since the second recent mention of Coats in the national news concerns his statements about waiting longer than several days to read the Boston bombing suspect his Miranda rights. The senator must not be as protective of the Fifth and Sixth amendments.

The country keeps being hurt by Coats and the other dangerous Republican radicals who are only interested in their own narrow vision of America and stop at nothing to obstruct any progress. From the failure to respond favorably to President Obama’s very reasonable budget proposal which does, in fact, offer real compromise to fix our long-term deficit problems and slow economic growth to the imposition of the sequestration (from which the Republicans keep crab-walking) to every other important issue, the Republicans are always wrong all the time.

While we cannot get rid of the embarrassment of Coats until 2016, we can change our government in 2014 by removing the Republicans from control of the House. Any reasonable person who pays even the least bit of attention to our national governance has to conclude that the GOP has demonstrated that it is not capable of governing. We must vote against all Republicans until that party demonstrates that it understands what we want and throws off its control by a small group of conservative money interests.

DAVID KOLHOFF

Fort Wayne

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