As a worker impacted by the recent federal government shutdown, and as a supervisor who has seen what this event has wrought on the good folks who work with me, I am compelled to write and suggest one way to prevent the problem from happening again. As voters, in November 2014 I think we should furlough — permanently — Congressman John Garamendi.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the mess in Washington, D.C., emanates from the GOP alone: There is a lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle and sadly, Garamendi and the “permanent” political class are part of the problem.
By failing to negotiate and failing to support House bills that would reopen select government entities (that have nothing to do with the Obamacare fight), Garamendi has once again revealed that he values the party line above people.
I don’t know about you, but I am weary of the “same old same old” and ready to try something fresh. How about an independent Congressperson who works for us, period, and readily reaches across the political spectrum to get things done?
Despite a life bouncing from one political office to another, in his mailers Garamendi claims to actually be a farmer and rancher. That’s good. It will give him a source of income after he’s furloughed by the voters next fall.