Opinion

January 29, 2013

Letter: New ideas, new people needed

When I read Kyle Wingfield’s list of possible replacements for Saxby Chambliss it frightened me. Saxby was among the most conservative senators in Washington, but Kyle’s list makes Saxby look like a left wing, socialist zealot.

Georgia has lost far too many jobs because our representatives have been unwilling to negotiate to give and take. In Georgia’s glory days, Sen. Sam Nunn would have traded his vote for a national park in California for a four-lane highway in Georgia that would bring jobs and tourism to Blue Ridge. This is how the business of government has worked since before the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

When we go to the polls to replace Saxby, whether we are Republican or Democrat, Georgians need to recognize that the real power in Washington is held by lawmakers like Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, who voted against Clinton impeachment, but was almost entirely responsible for the appointment of conservative Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

Career politicians who went to Washington to negotiate for their constituents are now leaving because of hyper-partisanship. A representative whose vote history has remained entirely within the scripted party line is not a leader for Georgia, and we have enough followers.

Today’s Congress seems more concerned with keeping score. If the business of politics is to win for your party at all costs, then we need fewer politicians in Washington. The Georgia Senate race is a good place to start. The senator who fills this spot will carry more clout for Georgians on the day s/he walks into the Senate if his/her future voting record is not already scripted. Georgia needs a senator in Washington who is willing to trade a vote on the debt limit for jobs in Georgia, and to represent Georgians — not just the Democratic or Republican parties.

If you are looking for more of the same in Washington, take a careful look at Kyle Wingfield’s list of preferred replacements for Saxby. Otherwise, we need new people with new ideas and a new plan.

 

Michael Hilton

Rocky Face

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