By Edward Leonard
There are warnings of dire consequences related to our national debt and taxes all the while Congress is in recess. There seems to be no resolution to the economic problems facing our nation.
The concern I have is the responsibility of our elected representatives. As it stands, most Republicans who run for Congress sign a pledge not to raise taxes; otherwise, they will not be nominated or elected. If they break the pledge after being elected, they will lose their backing and lose in the next election. Most Republicans in Congress have signed this pledge that is under the control of Grover Norquist, the creator and lobbyist for the conservative organization Americans for Tax Reform, which wants to control members of Congress.
Leonard is retired and lives in Roanoke.