Electing Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito to the U.S. Senate would be a valuable step toward replacing the current blockade of important legislation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and tackling the unresolved issues that have developed under the Administration of President Obama. A partial list includes:
Mishandling of the lethal attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya; the inexcusable malfeasance within the Veterans Affairs medical system; the expansion of the radical terrorist organization ISIS in Syria and Iraq following the premature withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq; the atrociously slow economic recovery following the recent recession, characterized by a significant portion of the unemployed workforce just giving up; nuclear weapons development in Iran and North Korea; the flood of Central American children pouring across the southern U.S. border; the National Debt of $17 trillion and rising with no end in sight, knowing full well that a debt crisis is inevitable; $100 trillion dollars in unfunded entitlements with no plan to address the issue, knowing that Federal entitlements will be lost at some point in time due to the inevitable bankruptcy of programs such as Medicare, Social Security, etc.
There is the war on coal; an extraordinarily weak president that looks upon the Constitution as an optional guide and congressional legislation as a suggestion, failing to enforce laws he doesn't like and bypassing Congress by creating his own laws via executive order and new regulations; a U.S. attorney general who will not prosecute flagrant violations of U.S. law, such as the targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS, and views any criticism as racially motivated.
We have a bloated welfare state and tax structure that destroy incentives to work or invest, and which provide incentives to move investment and jobs overseas; federal mandates forcing banks into making mortgage loans to folks who are at high risk of default; the wars on marriage and traditional family structure; the Obamacare debacle; attempts to increase the cost of labor by raising the federal minimum wage, knowing that unemployment among unskilled labor will increase as a result; the suffocating debt that college and professional school graduates are accumulating; and national infrastructure deterioration.
Space does not permit a complete compilation, but you get the picture.
Herbert A. Lassiter, MD