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True fiscal conservative wouldn’t support default

Unfortunately, we in Western New York appear to have elected an abject coward to represent us in the U.S. Congress. A person of courage would stand up to the extremists of his party and an ineffectual speaker of the House and advocate vigorously for all of his constituents.

Such a courageous, principled person would state in no uncertain terms to the extremist wing of his party that he refuses to tolerate the pain inflicted upon his constituents who are soldiers actively fighting in Afghanistan and their military families, young children dependent upon Head Start, veterans, the disabled awaiting Social Security disability, seniors reliant upon Meals on Wheels, applicants for small business loans or government employees such as U.S. customs and border agents. The list of those impacted by the Republican-driven government shutdown goes on and on.

A real fiscal conservative would rebel against the billions of dollars a government shutdown costs us all. Further, such a courageous congressman would not consider for a New York minute a strategy to violate the 14th Amendment of the Constitution and risk the full faith and credit of the United States by threatening default. Such a default, which our representative refuses to speak against and thus presumably supports fully, will impose a grievous financial penalty upon every person who has any money invested in the stock market, threaten the pensions of tens of thousands of his constituents and court economic disaster for virtually all small businesses in his district.

Admittedly it would take courage for him to buck his party, stand up and state the obvious. The alternative to cowardice here, of course, is that our representative actually espouses the principles of economic anarchy embraced by the extremists in his party. It’s hard to know which is worse.

Carter Snead, M.D.

Lewiston