OPINION: Shutdown has hurt your constituents, Rep. Miller

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

To express concern for veterans is commendable, but it flies in the face of individuals and families that suffered significant hardship, faced unnecessary dangers, and ignores the bigger shutdown picture. Squandering taxpayer money is not the answer to the problem of fiscal responsibility! 

Crying foul after the fact for a problem you took part in causing is not acceptable. Expecting one side to cave in to these barbaric tactics is unreasonable and sets a dangerous precedent for future negotiations. 

Holding a nation hostage while the details of measure after measure to undo each piece of that reckless action was hashed out in bipartisan bickering is just mortifying. If Mr. Miller's leadership is supposed to be of the people, by the people, for the people, this was a poor execution of that responsibility. 

Mr. Miller was willing to put the health and welfare of the people he represents on the line for his own agenda. Term limits are a good idea too.

Perhaps 12 years has made Mr. Miller too comfortable in running his own agenda in Washington , consequently not staying in touch with the needs of the people he was elected to represent. The citizens of District 1 should remember that when the primaries and midterms come around next year.

Susan Moll-Ault is a resident of Santa Rosa Beach .


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