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June 3, 2014

LETTERS: GOP survey lacking; school counseling needs work

Republican platform survey found lacking

Were you “selected to represent voters in your area in the OFFICIAL 2014 Republican Platform Survey”, “identifying you as THE DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE of VOTERS residing in your district” by the Republican National Committee? I was, and I’m not even a member of the Republican Party. As a matter of fact, I’m the Libertarian candidate on the November ballot running against the incumbent Republican in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District!

My guess is that thousands of voters received this thinly veiled attempt to raise money (of course there’s a donation form) while trying to sell you on the idea that your opinion matters to them. Since the cover letter from the chairman of the RNC already outlines the Republican positions, one has to wonder why they’re sending out a “platform survey.”

The letter blames the “massive accumulation of federal debt” on “Obama’s left-wing policies” and later says “there is little we can do to stop them right now.” Yet Republicans have controlled the House, where spending bills must originate, for 14 of the last 18 years, and the federal debt has grown from under $5 trillion to over $17 trillion during that time. Not one more cent could be spent unless the House Republicans vote for it.

Saying “there is little we can do” is laughable (but not funny) — all it would take is a little backbone.

I would have filled out the survey if it asked the following two pertinent questions: “Do you think Republicans are part of the problem of big government and not the solution?” and, “Since congressional Republicans have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from special interest groups, do you think they are representing the special interest groups rather than you?”

My YES would have been in bold letters and my signature as large as John Hancock’s.

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