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Some questions for McKeon in debate

Posted: September 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

— President Abraham Lincoln

So where does our current going-on-20-years-of-being-in-Washington Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon fit into all of this? Where does he stand?

For starters, he was, for a time, willing to work with Democrats on certain issues like the Cemex mine. Apparently there was a working bipartisan agreement in place to relocate the mine.

However, once the anti-Obama directive of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. was issued — “Our No. 1 priority is to make Obama a one-term president” — McKeon has ignored Cemex and apparently won’t close the deal — even though this is about helping residents he represents, as this would require him to cross party lines and work with the Democrats. Politics before people.

There’s a whole list of issues he needs to explain at his first debate on Oct. 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Valencia.

McKeon’s unwillingness to face his record in public debate is understandable. He can’t. Possibly he’s hoping that most folks will do what they usually do when they see his name on a ballot: just vote for him as they sort of recall he’s always been around. Sort of like our very own SCV Boss Hogg.

McKeon has voted hip-to-hip with the GOP political leadership and he bears a huge responsibility for the overwhelming trillions on dollars of debt we now face.

I searched but could not find any article where he expressed conservative fiscal reservations about the Bush expansion of the federal government: everything from the taxpayer subsidies of big oil; unfunded Medicare Part D, which created a huge problem for our elders; to the hundred of billions of taxpayer dollars spent on no-bid crony contractor procurements for Iraq and Afghanistan.

McKeon recently said he was actually willing to see taxes go up to pay for greater defense contractor spending for programs and materials the Pentagon has repeatedly said it doesn’t even need.

McKeon promised three debates going into this election. So far he’s willing to show up to one, which costs $45 a plate. McKeon should take a clue from Lincoln and get an apple box and have a good old-fashioned American debate with his opponent, Lee Rogers, in a park in all parts of the 25th District.

There’s reason the Founding Fathers made seats in the House of Representatives a two-year office. Twenty years can make someone too comfortable. It might be time to retire “Buck.”

I hope you’ll remind him on Election Day that service for the American people in our Congress is a privilege with great responsibilities and not an entitlement, as he apparently thinks it is.

Remind him not to take our votes for granted. No more same old blue-and-orange signs on the same old fences, year after year of the same old bland emails and the occasional letter to the editor like an edict from an imperial throne.

I plan to be at that debate, and I hope you will be there, too. It will be good to hear him defend his record in a public debate as to why he deserves our votes and why we should send him back to Congress for yet another term.

As it is now, he gives the impression that he is someone who he thinks he’s entitled to that seat in Congress.

Howard Barr is a Santa Clarita resident.


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