Kyle Hampton: Statesmen no longer

November 2, 2013 

Southern Pines resident Bill Rose, 88, nailed it in the Oct. 22 news article “Constituents rethink Ellmers” when he criticized N.C. Rep. Renee Ellmers and her tea party compatriots for voting for the recent government shutdown. “I want her to be a statesman and negotiate,” Rose said. “These people are so fixed in their attitudes.”

In fact, three years ago House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama agreed to a “grand bargain” that would have cut the U.S. deficit and reformed America’s entitlement programs. But Boehner was beaten to a pulp by his Republican colleagues and backed out on the agreement because Republicans simply would not let the president earn such a great success for our nation prior to the recent presidential election.

Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the Republican gang in Washington did not want America to succeed. All they seem to think about is their partisan view of our nation. I join Bill Rose in not understanding that mentality. To me, it’s simply un-American.

Kyle Hampton

Raleigh

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