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Our View: Leaders need a reality check

Posted: October 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Enough is enough.

This country deserves better. The behavior by our leaders in Washington is just not acceptable. The incessant partisan squabbles, elected leaders who put ideology and party politics over the citizens of this country and the refusal to give even an inch in the art of compromise will ruin us.

Frustration and disgust seem to be boiling among the American populace over the recent US government shutdown. They are sick of electing leaders who don’t lead and immature people who don’t understand that name-calling and tantrums are not in the rulebook of good governing.

Govern, for Pete’s sake. You’re not always going to get your way. Deal with it and work it out. That’s what democracy is all about.

Innocent people are being hurt by the shutdown and our national security is at risk because of it. Our credibility has already been destroyed.

No one party should bear all the blame. Every elected leader is responsible for this predicament because they have allowed this sour environment to fester. If every member of Congress spoke up and said they were not going to put up with this constant gridlock and that they would do their part to make sure that our government actually works properly then things would work properly. May sound naïve, but it is every legislator’s responsibility to make sure that the government’s work gets done—and in a proper and timely manner.

It seems that many of our elected leaders in both parties in our federal government in the last several years believe that they were elected only to push a political agenda, not to actually govern. That, it seems, is the main problem.

So what do we do about it?

We should express our outrage to our own elected officials in Washington: U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and President Obama. They represent us in Washington and need to hear how we feel.

Let them know that we have had enough. And also let them know that we will be scrutinizing their performance as to what they are doing to freshen the foul environment in our nation’s capitol.

Remember, they work for us. Ask them what they are doing about it.

Their contact information is published here.


Our Elected Federal Officials

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Main: (202) 456-1111

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0504
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Local office: 11111 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 914-7300

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Local office: 312 N. Spring Street, Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 894-5000

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon
25th Congressional District
2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Local office: 26650 The Old Road, Suite 203
Santa Clarita, CA 91381-0757
Main: (202) 225-1956
Local: (661) 254-2111


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