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McConnell's focus on obstruction has forced use of executive power

By NORMA BELL Paducah

EDITOR:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues in the Congress have focused on continued political gridlock as evidenced over the past five years with a record number of filibusters and two government shutdowns.

It's ironic that the very ones calling President Obama "King" and complaining that he has too much executive power are the same ones fostering this type of government to begin with. If our publicly elected officials would do the job they were sent there to do, that is finding common ground to legislate on behalf of public interest, then the president wouldn't have to use his executive power to cobble together piecemeal laws.

No American president, except those who faced civil (Lincoln) and global (Franklin Roosevelt) war, ever made claims for presidential authority as sweeping as did George W. Bush. The "Decider" delegated his executive powers to unqualified members of his cabinet and then left them largely unsupervised - think Hank Paulson, treasury secretary. A majority of Americans are still reeling from the effects of King George's reign.

Congressional Republicans, led by our own Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, consistently contrive to concoct any foul revisionist brew just to score political points rather than get on with the business of governing. They care about nothing but making President Obama and the Democrats look bad so they can get the keys to the car back and declare: "Mission accomplished." The time has come to dethrone King Filibuster.

NORMA BELL

Paducah

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