Letter to the Editor

Signing pledges

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Last week I watched a movie "Support Your Local Sheriff" starring James Garner. It was a satirical comedy about a town in the old west with a dysfunctional government. Laughing so hard, I nearly fell out of my chair, but with a jolt realized this is what is happening in our national government.

One reason is that some legislators have signed a pledge of "no new taxes" created by Grover Norquist, a lobbyist. He was interviewed on "60 minutes" showing pictures of approximately 10 legislators who were not returned to office because of breaking the pledge.

On C-Span I watched the U.S. Agriculture Committee finalize the farm bill. They seemed genuinely pleased with their work. It passed the U.S. Senate but languishes in the U.S. House. When the Speaker of the House was asked why it had not been presented, the reply was, "we don't have the votes." This pledge locks down the discussion within the House. Several of our Iowa legislators have signed it. Did my representative refuse to sign it? Now I know why my husband refused to sign any pledge.

Donna J. Wert,

Spirit Lake