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A Mockery of American Values

posted Sep 22, 2017, 5:55 PM by Ocdp Web

Posted on September 14, 2017, The Journal, Seneca, SC

Editor:
Hard to believe, but Rep. Jeff Duncan voted against help for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Didn’t like the bill because it contained “other stuff.” That “other stuff” kept the United States from defaulting on its debt and kept the government running through December, but to Jeff Duncan, those were minor details that didn’t matter.

Not explicitly stated, but very obvious from the subtext, the bill was anathema to Mr. Duncan because it was bipartisan. Worked out with the Democrats! Fortunately, the bill passed the Republican-controlled House 316-90 (80-17 in the Senate), which spoke well for the Republicans’ values even as they rejected Jeff Duncan’s.

And this is our representative? The man who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere? God help Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean islands devastated by Irma!

Because ultimately it is America’s values that are on display here — and Jeff Duncan makes a mockery of them.

Carlos D. Luria
Salem

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