Letters to the Editor

Send Congress message at taxpayers ‘tea party’

It is irresponsible for House members to vote on a bill as important as the cap-and-trade bill when more than 300 pages of amendments were added to the 900-page bill after 3 a.m. that day.

Once again, the House has voted on legislation even the most conscientious representative couldn’t possibly have had time to study carefully. Why all the rush? Why can’t Congress slow down and take the time to carefully study legislation that will have a profound impact on all Americans for a long time to come. What is it that congressional leaders don’t want us to know? Didn’t we learn from the stimulus bill? What happened to transparency and open government?

It is time to tell Washington we want to go back to the ideals this country was founded on — government of the people, by the people and for the people.

One way to let members of Congress from both parties know we want to get back to those ideals is to attend the Fourth of July American taxpayers “tea party” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center.

I can’t think of a more appropriate way for Americans to celebrate Independence Day. Bring a tea bag and a sign and let Washington know you have had enough.

Don’t you just shudder to think of what last-minute surprises will be added to the health care reform bill?

Juanita GraulHilton Head Island