How can we trust Congress if it doesn't trust itself?

March 15, 2010

Recently it has been reported that some members of the House of Representatives are fearful of voting to approve the Senate version of the health care reform bill because they don't trust the Senate to then follow through and pass their proposed changes. Is it any wonder, when one house of the legislative branch of our government doesn't trust the other, that public opinion polls show historically low levels of approval for this Congress?

Now is the time for intelligent voters to start thinking about the November elections as being our chance to clean house. Before casting a vote for an incumbent, we all must decide, regardless of our party affiliation, whether it wouldn't be better to send new faces, new blood and new thoughts to these offices. After all, if they don't trust each other, how can we trust them?

Tom Landerkin, Parkville

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