By William B. Hopkins, Sr.
Gallup, in a Sept. 14 poll, reported that the present 112th Congress had an approval rate of only 13 percent. The gridlock in Washington is just cause for such an unfavorable rating.
With the presidential and congressional races coming Nov. 6, voters need to examine why Virginia’s congressional representatives, Robert Hurt of the 5th District, Bob Goodlatte of the 6th District and Morgan Griffith of the 9th District, have consistently sided with the obstructionists.
Prior to the November 2010 election, these gentlemen, along with all but a handful of other Republicans, signed a pledge that they would not vote to raise taxes in any form. This pledge made it virtually impossible for Congress to deal with the deficit problem in a rational way.
Hopkins, of Roanoke, is a former Democratic majority leader in the state Senate.