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Reader's View: Republican deflections devoid of solutions

So far, most of what we’ve seen from congressional Republicans are barricades against any action

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"The ability for people to marry whomever they choose already exists," our esteemed congressional representative, the Honorable Pete Stauber, said in a statement, trying to explain his vote against the Respect for Marriage Act. Since it seems unlikely the congressman can be unaware of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strip women of their reproductive rights — also something that used to already exist and was described as “settled law” by Justice Brett Kavanaugh in his Senate confirmation hearing — this came off as another sorry case of Stauber refusing to take a public stand. Add to that his more recent vote against the Right to Contraception Act and then use your imagination to come up with other civil rights that may soon be in jeopardy if Stauber and his ilk are allowed to have their way with the Constitution.

In all fairness, the congressman followed the above statement by pointing out that Congress should instead be focusing on solving inflation. Nice deflection! How about Stauber telling us his real reason for voting against Respect for Marriage? And since he mentioned inflation, does he have any constructive proposals for that? So far, most of what we’ve seen from congressional Republicans are barricades against any action. Instead, the problem has been forced into the hands of the Federal Reserve, whose only tool (a blunt one, to be sure) is to tamper with interest rates and risk recession and massive unemployment.

Thinking about all this is making me nauseous. In place of photo ops and pontifications, Stauber can get to work on solutions that won’t hurt working people. There are sharper tools to fight inflation, including price controls, profit controls, limits on obscene CEO salaries, and higher taxes on the wealthy. Oh, my heavens, I’d better wash out my mouth with soap!

Guy Roger

Isle, Minnesota

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