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July 9, 2014

LETTERS: Coats is part of establishment; problem property needs fixed

Sen. Coats is a partof the establishment

This letter is in response to the column published July 4 in the Kokomo Tribune, written by Indiana Sen. Dan Coats.

In your column, Sen. Coats, you begin, “Hoosiers frequently tell me that they are frustrated by the way Washington exempts itself from the same requirements our government puts on hard-working citizens.”

Perhaps you have failed to notice that you, sir, are Washington. You ran for and were elected to duly represent the people of Indiana. We didn’t draft you into office against your will. I believe you did this willingly because you served in that capacity before. You knew what the requirements were, and you make your home “inside the Beltway.” You are a part of the Washington establishment. This should not be news.

If you, in response to the frustrations of Hoosiers, want things to change in a Washington bureaucracy, allow me to let you in on a little secret: You are a legislator and a U.S. senator. And in such capacity, you have the ability to write and pass legislation that equalizes things between common old Hoosiers and the bureaucracies of elite in Washington. We don’t have that ability. That is why you were elected.

If you want the processes of the IRS to change, write the legislation and enact it into law. Don’t act like you don’t know how all this works and are not part of the problem. If there exists “a huge trust deficit between the American people and Washington,” get off your duff, man, and do something to solve it rather than author an insipid opinion piece in which you pretend to be a disenfranchised observer rather than an active participant. Stop pointing fingers. Your job is to legislate. Do it.

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