Democrats have used their majority control of the White House and Congress to push through sweeping legislation that will radically transform the health care system in the United States, expand the government's involvement in the economy and impose costly new regulations on the financial industry.
Under Democratic control, Washington has injected itself without restraint deeper and deeper into American life, going so far as to demand that everybody buy heath insurance, like it or not. And what might be next?
The historic health care legislation — supported by Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in his first House vote — is an ill-thought-out piece of legislation. Each day seems to bring a new revelation about how the little-understood law will affect employers, doctors, consumers and the delivery of health care. Several thousands of regulatory decisions required in the 2,700-page bill have been left to unelected, appointed bureaucrats.
As it stands now, the refusal to compromise on extending tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year means Americans will take home less in their paychecks starting Jan. 1. The inability to fix the alternative minimum tax gap will hit two-income New Yorkers with larger income tax bills.
The stimulus spending has failed to revive the Northern New York economy. Instead of confidence, economic uncertainty has businesses reluctant to invest, particularly when they do not know what new demands or restrictions will be coming from financial regulations enacted by Washington. In Jefferson County, banks are unwilling to lend money to developers to solve a critical housing shortage. Americans are holding off making decisions on spending, jobs and housing.
Rep. Owens has been part of the House majority that has allowed the leadership to push through the Democratic agenda without meaningful debate. Contrary to his campaign rhetoric, President Obama has failed to bring the country together.
That has to change. We need to restore faith and confidence in America.
At this time, the country can benefit from a two-party system of government now missing in Washington. Divided government does not have to mean gridlock. It can create a political climate that will allow differing perspectives a role in developing broad-based bipartisan solutions to the problems confronting America.
To that end, voters in the 23rd Congressional District should elect Republican Matthew A. Doheny to represent them in the House headed for Republican control.
Mr. Doheny's experience in evaluating and consulting with numerous businesses can serve Northern New York. The Watertown portfolio manager supports a free-market economy and tax cuts that can stimulate job-creating investment and innovation. He has also called for reviewing and rationalizing the health care legislation. The Alexandria Bay native has shown tremendous energy in his campaign and a keen understanding of the many issues affecting Northern New York.
The Times recommends Mr. Doheny for Congress.