Monday, February 06, 2006

Great Letter to the Editor

In today's Post-Standard:

To the Editor:

I read with dismay your telling interview with Rep. James Walsh, R-Onondaga, in which he gave a shockingly inadequate response to the epidemic of scandals plaguing our nation's capital. Walsh, who acknowledges that illegality was occurring literally in the office next door to his, says that his approach is to "keep his own yard clean" and states dismissively that the situation "occurs periodically" and is "self-correcting."

Even accepting Walsh's claim that he has not personally profited from such improprieties (and I have no reason not to), his lack of outrage is unacceptable. Walsh's unconscionable attempt to minimize the corruption in Washington is shameful and demonstrates that he has been there too long.

Equally unacceptable is Walsh's defense of the wasteful pork barrel spending that saps our treasury, preventing meaningful reform on issues that impact ordinary Americans. Of course, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, and the chair of an Appropriations subcommittee, Walsh has been a central player in a Congress that, with the White House, has directed the pillaging of America with legislation that favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.

Next fall, we citizens of the 25th Congressional District should clean our own yard by replacing Jim Walsh with someone who will be a part of the solution, rather than an apologist for the problem.



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