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Letters: Kraut needs to see the deeper corruption

Posted: July 21, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 21, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Jonathan Kraut penned an opinion piece in which he was so concerned about Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon’s loan on his personal residence (“Amendment needed for legislators,” July 17).

Now, I agree that there have been way too many sweetheart deals with our elected officials. How does a congressman go to Washington not very wealthy, earn a modest salary, support two homes — one in Washington and another in his home district — and after many years of “service” end up a multimillionaire? It is a good question.

However, in regards to McKeon, I don’t see where he received a below-market interest rate nor had any reduction in the cost of the loans.

So my question for Kraut is, other than just throwing mud, what is the problem with the McKeon loan?

If Kraut is really concerned about corruption with our elected officials, why isn’t he looking at the investments that the Obama administration gave to all these green businesses?

After receiving a huge input of loans and investment capital from you and me, the taxpayers, a great many of them have now gone under, taking our money with them. One thing these investments had in common is they had ties back to the Obama administration.

The owners of these businesses were contributors to the president’s campaign. They were supporters of his election or had friends who were close to the president.

Do we need transparency? Do we need to clean house? Without a doubt we need people in Washington who wish to be of service, not to get rich.

But I have trouble with the partisan nature of Kraut’s attack and his never looking at the truly serious nature of the current corruption with the Obama administration.


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