EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 24, 2014

Letter: Put an end to the permanent political class

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

While watching news clips of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s testimony over the missing emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS improprieties, I was taken aback by the extreme arrogance and haughty demeanor of this bureaucrat, as if to say, “how dare you question me!”

Another irony that struck me is that I recall years back watching clips of the trails at Nuremburg of Nazi war criminals and the uncanny resemblance Mr. Koskinen had to one of them. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Lastly, switching gears a bit, while reading the Wall Street Journal on page four was a large picture and write up of one of my favorite congressional hacks, Rep. Charles Rangel, who at age 84 and been in office for 44 years and now is running for re-election trying to make it 46 years. Wow, I had forgotten about him. I thought he was in jail or at least thrown out of Congress.

This got me thinking of others in the Permanent Political Class. Just think about it for a moment: It took me only five minutes to find six members of Congress for whom their years in office equaled more years than have passed since our nation’s birth — and believe me there are many, many more than six.

My point in all this is quite simple: A main reason for our country’s problems, in my opinion, is the good ole boy club thinking of going along to get along. November mid-term elections may well be a bellwether for America. Please read, research and think before you vote. This goes far beyond the Democrats, Republicans, etc.

My advice: for any senator in office more than two terms (12 years or more) or any congressman over three terms (6 years or more), vote to throw them out. As they say, it’s a start.

James F. Holland

Newton, N.H.