Letters to the Editor

GOP leaders' track record prompts worry for future

The bums are out. Now what? I expect if the recovery continues, credit will be taken; if it falters, blame will follow. What concerns me is not the Republican Party, but the integrity of its leadership.

I respect the Republicans' efforts to preserve the essence of the Constitution, but I question the motives of leaders, such as Sen. Mitch McConnell, who made the list of corrupt politicians in 2007, 2008 and 2009 from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

McConnell's decisions are influenced by the dealers in death -- the tobacco, whiskey and coal industries. Tobacco products kill more than a million people a year, there are more than 15 million alcoholics in this country, and presently the Massey Coal Co. is in violation of more than 80 safety regulations in its Freedom Energy Mine No. 1 in Kentucky. This year, 29 miners died in one of its West Virginia mines. The company's excuse is that it's too difficult to adhere to modern regulations.

You can't shut down industry, but McConnell's self-serving answer is the same, get rid of President Barack Obama. How about better regulations to reduce illness and death? How about compromise?

In a recent interview, McConnell said his first priority was to dismantle the new health care program without compromise. Millions of Americans are without health insurance. Check McConnell's motives, and you may find such companies as Louisville, Ky.-based Humana in the shadows.

If McConnell is typical, it's hello special interests, goodbye honest government.

Bob FaustHilton Head Island