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Are Republican voters nearsighted or just slow?

Congressional Republicans have plenty of experience, and with a majority they determine what language goes into bills that might become law. They could have defeated the proposed Iran treaty, if they had written the bill to “approve” the treaty (51 votes needed). The president would have too few votes and the U.S. would not be party to the agreement he and our allies negotiated.

Instead, Repub lawmakers wrote this bill to “disapprove” the treaty. Predictably, this permits 34 Democrats to sustain a veto and claim a victory. It allows U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke to rail against the treaty and pander to the right, while ensuring the U.S. remains aligned with the U.N. and our allies who favor the agreement. The U.S. saves face to the world. This is duplicity (perhaps warmongering), not representation.

The Repub rhetoric never stops. Keep the voters angry or fearful to get their votes. We are long past the time (Mike Mansfield’s era) when lawmakers worked together to make our whole nation better, stronger and/or more prosperous.

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Repub policies gave us the crash of 2008, government shutdowns and the Wall Street bailouts. Repubs have resisted every effort to help Main Street recover. The income disparity between the top 1 percent and the shrinking middle class is greater than it has been since just before the Great Depression. Repubs are willing to raise our government’s borrowing capacity (up from $18 trillion) but refuse to even consider raising taxes on the wealthy. And, they’ll claim to be fiscally responsible!

They won’t change until they are voted out. We need representatives who make honest decisions, not this current set of dishonest millionaire partisans.

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George Hart,

Missoula

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