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Government has gone drastically off course

Published: October 15, 2012

Although Mitt Romney's and Barack Obama's first debate was largely on the economy, one doesn't have to go too far to view the effects of a government that's gone drastically off course. Consider the two young men running for a Tulsa congressional seat. Each has incurred close to $250,000 of debt in the form of student loans in their pursuits of higher education while their current incomes (which must be disclosed to run for this office) apparently fall far short in retiring these same liabilities.

It's difficult to question these men's actions. We've been taught from an early age that education is critical to success; yet in the private sector, practical experience and knowledge are also essential in earning lucrative salaries. Then again, winning a seat in the U.S. House would award the winner of this race a salary of $174,000 per year, plus various benefits. It's no surprise these same men have abandoned the private sector for a part-time job that pays so well and requires little to no experience.

Does one actually believe this direction can sustain itself? Our Founding Fathers envisioned service to our country quite differently. How it evolved to the current state is distressing. Perhaps it's time to allow a real businessman, who refused to accept a salary as governor of Massachusetts, to take the helm and guide us out of these treacherous waters.

Stan Williamson, Edmond


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