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Roe’s hypocrisy

Staff Report • Oct 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

After reading the story Oct. 18 on Congressman Phil Roe, I am reminded of the famous 1950s quotation: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? Have you no sense of decency?” Roe told the Johnson City Press one thing, then a month later he does the opposite. What hypocrisy. He claims to favor a balanced budget, but he and the tea party shut down the United States government, which only served to add another $24 billion to the national debt. Roe and the tea party held the U.S. government hostage with little care for those affected by their senseless budget cuts and shutdown. Their attempt to blame others for closing down the World War II Memorial in Washington when they in fact voted for the government shutdown was beyond belief. The tea party and Roe appear to support the idea that, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Such thinking is anti-democratic and un-American. Roe talks of cuts, cuts and more cuts to the budget — cuts that would damage the lives of millions of Americans and our national security — while blindly ignoring the rise of the super rich.For the moment, we have avoided going over the financial cliff, but with no thanks to Congressman Roe. I hope the congressman has a change of heart and moves to the political center. If not, there are serious moderates who, if elected to Congress, will act like an adult, and maintain the good name and financial credit of the United States of America. COLIN BAXTERKingsport