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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The GOP needs return of its senses
I resent House Republicans saying that Americans “don’t want Obamacare.” Speak for yourselves, I say! Speak for yourselves, please. Speak for the tea partiers, if you must. You do not speak for me.
Many Americans have already benefitted from the Affordable Care Act; millions more of moderate or low income will be seeking additional benefits through the health insurance exchanges (no thanks to Gov. Bob McDonnell).
I say to Republicans: You have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind. You have courted a faction, which now won’t leave the House, that spurns compromise, ridicules dialogue and threatens to bring the country to a halt if it doesn’t get its way. Maybe only punishment at the ballot box will bring your party to its senses.
I hope so. We are a two-party system, and need a strong, articulate — and reasonable — Republican Party for balance. But we don’t need this party of yours as it is now: contentious, narrow-minded, shrill, angry.
The ACA is the law, duly passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. So get off it, and get on with the people’s business, for goodness’ sake.
Herring would seek veto power over laws
I was disturbed to learn of the novel policy that state Sen. Mark Herring (D) would adopt if elected as our next attorney general. Herring recently announced that rather than presuming the constitutionality of laws passed by the General Assembly, he would poll attorneys in his office to determine whether the laws were constitutional.
This not only would erode the attorney-client relationship, but it would effectively grant the attorney general veto power over laws supported by Virginians and duly passed by our elected representatives.
In the case of Virginia’s marriage and property rights amendments in particular (marriage was apparently the example posed), extraordinary popular support was required for passage.
It is the responsibility of the attorney general to make the best possible defense of the laws that are the expressed will of the people he serves, not to subject such laws to a politically charged vote of confidence within his office.
Could Virginians actually elect an attorney general who has announced that he may or may not fulfill the office’s responsibilities?
I will be voting for state Sen. Mark Obenshain, who views the position as one of public service to the commonwealth.
RITA M. DUNAWAY
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