Letters, Dec. 18

Dec. 17, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

Listen to the 1 percent

From his column appearing on Dec. 12, D.G. Martin seems to think John Boehner should follow the lead of the president just because Obama won the election. I would like to remind Martin that John Boehner also won his election and the people of his district knew how he stood on the issue of raising taxes on the upper 1 per cent of wage earners. The president did not win enough votes to declare a mandate. If he could have had a mandate, it still would not change anything.

Nowhere in the Constitution of the United States does the word mandate appear. The Constitution does give separate powers to each branch of the government; but requires neither the Judicial nor Legislative branch to rubber-stamp the desires of the president based on an election.

Maybe the president, who has no experience in the private sector, should listen to the 1 percent more often instead of his cadre of pseudo-intellectuals. After all, those in the 1 percent category are there because they make good decisions.

Robert M. Thompson
Durham

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