House GOP misleads
Recently, I attended a meet-and-greet in Beaver County held by my congressman, Keith Rothfus. I brought along a response letter I'd received from his office on the issue of the budget deficit to discuss with him.
My concern was that the letter does nothing more than echo the same talking points you can hear on Fox “News” or round-the-clock right-wing talk radio.
It misrepresents the economic recovery and the truth of the deficit situation and it promotes U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget as if it were new when it is only a repeat of his previous plan that guts health care and education, kills job growth and opens Medicare to privatization.
I tried to impress on Rothfus that the negative view most Americans have of House Republicans is due to their being trapped within a bubble of extreme ideology that leaves them beyond reach of reason and compromise. Unfortunately, right after we spoke, he gave a speech where he engaged in the same style of misinformation and fear-mongering.
My message for the extreme members of Congress entrenched in their bubble: You are elected to lead, not to mislead.