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Congress: Not the right mix of skills

To the editor:

On the subject of the “No Party,” I’ve heard the following from some folks: “I wouldn’t know the first thing about being a representative in Congress,” which actually sounded more like, “are you kidding me?” My return question is “would you like to see the budget balanced in a rational fashion?” to which most replies are “Yes.” Sounds like a good solid vote to me.

As a representative in the U.S. House, you get to hire 14 staffers. How about one specialist in each of the following areas: U.S. budget, entitlement programs, defense programs, general economics, history, immigration, foreign relations, and someone to do my paperwork for me. That’s eight, and I figure the other six are for getting re-elected, so, if things go well, you may not need those and — thinking it through — that will help balance the budget. Oh, and as a U.S. senator, you get to hire 34 staffers. I think with either of these teams working for you that you can figure it out a lot better than what we currently have going for us.

When I rummage around “The Net,” I find that we have 57 lawyers in the U.S. Senate, which is 57 percent of the Senate or 58 percent if Vice President Biden is counted. What we do and how we are employed suggest that only one U.S. senator should be a lawyer, while 23 U.S. senators should be from transportation, production, food preparation and construction. When the time comes, and it may and your neighbors come to you and say, “please, throw your hat in the ring,” don’t hesitate, because we can do it, and I’ll vote for you for sure.

Patrick J. Leary


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