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posted: 11/21/2012 5:00 AM

Congress, just get back to work

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The votes have been counted and President Obama has won. Some folks are happy while some are disappointed, claiming that individualism has lost to dependence on government. Regardless of hurt feelings, it is now time to work together and move on.

The greatest threat to the free world is if the U.S. loses its place as the bastion of freedom, and the greatest threat to the U.S. is a huge debt and budget that cannot be sustained.

Many in Congress lack the skills and the desire to manage our economy efficiently. After every election they all have to begin campaigning to raise funds for the next election (this being a strong case for term limits). With such money and power about 95 percent of the incumbents are re-elected every time. Money is spent too freely, and billions are paid to governments who hate us and vote against us in the U.N. Programs are voted on (pork) that gain votes in their respective districts but can ruin our economy. Congress is very protective of its power and will never change the laws because they are the ones who make the law, The only control over such power is the vote.

Members in both parties have to get together and go back to work. There is too much at stake, and compromise is obviously needed. The public debt, jobs, immigration, the economy and others. Forget the name-calling during the campaign. There is this job to do.

William McNutt

Des Plaines

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