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Letter: Speier’s attack
April 29, 2014, 05:00 AM Letter


Regarding the guest perspective by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier “Treat climate change like a security threat” in the April 22 edition of the Daily Journal, swap out the words “climate change” to “national debt” and your Democrat colleagues run commercials about Republicans pushing grandma over the cliff.

Jackie, your attack on Republicans not making a priority of climate change was a cheap shot. Both parties do their share of demonizing and that is why Congress has such a low approval rating. Rather than escalating divisiveness, I suggest showing respect for opposing arguments.

Having worked for the Department of Defense inside the Beltway in the 1990s, I learned that everything boils down to bills and bill payers. Both parties tend to scratch each other’s back to get their piece of the pie and overlook the greater good. The bill payers are our posterity.

Our national debt in the past several years has accelerated at warp speed. Historically, Congress passed separate appropriations bills. In the past several years, Congress passed omnibus appropriations bills rolling everything into one ball of wax. This fogs accountability and makes sure everyone gets paid off. There needs to be culture change in our lawmakers. Do it for the children.

Thomas Weissmiller

San Mateo



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