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Our leaders need to live up to their oaths - JAMES LEE

To the editor:

Transparency: Defined as openness, communications and accountability, i.e., Open meetings.

That's what our President promised on numerous occasions when he was campaigning. Unfortunately, that is not what we are currently seeing in Washington.

Our elected representatives are creating a health-care-reform bill in the secrecy of back rooms, with only selected politicians taking part in the negotiations.

To add insult to injury, this bill is opposed by a significant majority of the American people. Whatever happened to the concept of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people?"

We see the leaders in Congress offering payoffs and special deals to their members, in order to secure their votes. I believe the proper name for that type of activity is commonly known as a "bribe."

That type of behavior by ordinary citizens should, and could, result in criminal prosecution.

Even more incredible, it is taxpayer money that they are using to buy votes to pass a bill that the American people do not want.

I can think of no justification that would cause our elected representatives to pass a bill that would raise taxes in a recession, ration health care, underpay health-care providers, and create huge government bureaucracies.

The list could go on and on, but most citizens are painfully aware of all the rest of the injustices contained in this bill.

I respectfully request that all of our elected representatives in Washington listen to the people who sent them there, and live up to the oath that they took to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution of the United States.

JAMES LEE

Locust Grove