Drain the swamp

Oklahoman Modified: September 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
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Drain the swamp

Sequestration looms as a bad deal for our nation's security and the economy. The fact that it's even an option is a symptom of a Congress that isn't doing the job its members promised voters when they ran and vowed under oath to do when they assumed office. Now they'll try to backpedal on their bad budget deal and offer another bad solution or, worse, no solution for a problem only they could have created.

With their goals of their own re-election and accountability to special interests, party caucuses and constituents, in that order, it's time for members of Congress to have an employment adjustment served up by the voters. This isn't a Republican or Democrat problem. It's a problem of unaccountable, fearful, self-serving politicians. It's a problem with the culture of special interest money that pervades and festers in Congress, money that consumes even the good folks we send there.

Let's drain the swamp. Let's use the prescription that worked in Oklahoma — term limits. It's time to change from government of the people, by special interests and for special interests, to a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Tom O'Neill, Edmond



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