Originally created 10/24/06

Vote Ballenger for change in Congress



A majority of Americans now believe that our leaders have taken us way off track. We can heap a lot of the blame on the Bush-Cheney administration, but the Republican-controlled House must accept its share.

Congress has abdicated its responsibility to investigate and to limit a power-hungry presidency. As the keeper of the public purse, Congress has saddled our descendants with more than $2 trillion of new debt in the past six years.

Congress sat idly by as non-coms paid the price for abuses at Abu Ghraib - while Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the generals, who respectively set and oversaw these procedures, have gone scot-free, and in some cases even rewarded.

This Congress did nothing of substance to force meaningful energy conservation, a key to early reduction of our scary dependence on foreign oil. Local members of Congress nodded when embryos are destroyed at fertility clinics, yet voted against allowing these condemned cells to be used for medical research.

While giving itself pay raises like clockwork every two years, Congress killed the first attempt in nearly 10 years to raise the wages of our lowest paid workers by tying it to a multibillion-dollar giveaway to multimillionaires. Congress for the past six years has been the worst in memory.

While this is an argument to vote out most of those in control of the House, one of the most consistent supporters of this congressional malfeasance has been South Carolina's Rep. Gresham Barrett, who has backed Bush-Cheney and the Republican House leadership nearly 100 percent of the time.

Let's send him back to his furniture store by electing Lee Ballenger to represent South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District.

Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.