Letter: Senators need to act

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

To the editor:

Americans like me need the U.S. Senate to deal forcibly with three important matters.

The Export-Import Bank of the United State is up for reauthorization in September. It provides taxpayer-backed loans to some of the country’s largest companies like General Electric. The bank is ripe territory for abuse by politicians.

By example, the number two recipient of insurance issued by the Ex-Im Bank is Connell Company, which also happens to have been one of the top contributors to the Democratic party this past election. The bank needs to be shut down permanently. Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr are in North Carolina now and need to hear from us.

Secondly, the IRS must not be allowed to enforce the Obamacare individual mandate.

It has recently been caught targeting conservative groups and displaying unethical practices. It must not be allowed to enforce our healthcare decisions. Third, under the Fourth Amendment, the government must obtain a warrant to search Americans. The NSA is not above the law and has shown its propensity to abuse its power.

Currently the bipartisan USA Freedom Act (S. 2685) is awaiting Senate action. This act was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy and supported by Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.

Sens. Hagan and Burr need to show some leadership and get the government off our backs.

Our government has become a behemoth that needs to be scaled way back.

Contact our senators now.

Donald N. Kohl