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Letter to the Editor: Nominate Evan Feinberg

A Peters Township voter voices his opinion regarding Tuesday's primary.

This year Republicans in PA's 18th District have a choice to make when they go to the polls. They can either vote to maintain the status quo—and keep Tim Murphy—or take a step to throw the brakes on reckless spending in Washington and nominate Evan Feinberg.

On the day Barack Obama took office, the national debt was $10.6 trillion. As of this writing, it is $15.6 trillion. This financial irresponsibility not only further delays a full recovery, but jeopardizes future generations of Americans. While it would be convenient to put all of the blame on the president or the Democratic Party, it would ignore the role of Republican lawmakers such as Tim Murphy.

In the five terms that Tim Murphy has been in Congress, he has cultivated a consistent record of spending. Never one to shy away from pork, Murphy voted for a transportation bill in 2005 that included the “Bridge to Nowhere.” While responsible Americans were suffering through the downturn, Murphy saw fit to vote for bailouts for the auto companies, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As fiscal conservatives implored Washington to stop, Murphy had no problem voting to raise the debt ceiling while voting against the Mulvaney amendment to cut discretionary spending to 2006 levels. While his constituents live within their means, Murphy voted for a continuing resolution to fund the government without a budget. Quite simply, Tim Murphy cannot stop spending our money!

Thankfully, we do have an opportunity to retire Congressman Murphy and replace him with someone who understands that larger government is not the answer. As an aide to Senators Tim Coburn and Rand Paul, Evan Feinberg promoted substantive alternatives to a government takeover of healthcare and crafted proposals to fundamentally reform our nation’s unsustainable entitlement programs. Feinberg’s is precisely the thinking we need in Washington at this time.

On Tuesday, I suggest we make a step toward sanity in Washington by sending Tim Murphy home and nominating Evan Feinberg.

- Scott Burrows, of Venetia

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Anthony Brown April 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I have been impressed with Mr. Feinbergs' commentary/stances to date. i will have a hard choice to make as Mr Murphy has for the MOST part been a solid voice. I have a serious problem with the "bridge to nowhere vote" - as it brings to the forefront a huge issue. There was NO bridge to nowhere vote- it was part of a vast bill with unrelated requests thrown together. I want someone who will fight this system of sausage making that in the end holds no one accountable. I want someone to stand up for single issue bills and DEMAND that accountability be restored. Conservatives are really missing the boat here as the House could easily introduce the "bill of the week" on the myriad of topics that BOTH SIDES SAY that they agree upon. Quit holding your little cards that you do not want to play until you get something back- and show the people that you can actually construct, pass and enact the easy calls. With Congressional ratings where they stand now- someone could really grab confidence if they followed this path.
Scott Burrows April 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Murphy is a "solid voice" for what exactly?
Anthony Brown April 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM
You may find a few points here: http://peters.patch.com/articles/election-2012-qa-with-rep-tim-murphy I am still undecided.

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