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Congress not alone in abusing power

Congress not alone in abusing power

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I agree that sometimes senators hold up nominations for the wrong reason and that is an abuse (“OurViews,” Jan. 3, “Senators have too much power to hold nominees”), however, it is a two-way street.

The executive branch by executive order bypasses Congress way too much — such as recent “end of life” consultation reappearing and the Environmental Protection Agency’s new clean air edicts which bypassed Congress and land management regulations that reversed previous regulations.

It is time that all three branches of government revert to the instructions laid out in the Constitution and quit all the partisan bull.

We need to stop spending what we don’t have. We need to stop the belief that there is a free lunch and regain the personal responsibilities that are required to keep this country free. If you cannot come up with a budget that is deficit neutral or better yet that lays out a pathway to debt elimination, you don’t belong in Congress, the statehouse or city government.

Joseph E. Palmer, LeRoy

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