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Letter: The Beltway’s chickens have come home to roost

The Beltway’s chickens have come home to roost

Since President Obama’s election, Republicans have gained 10 governorships and 32 state legislative chambers while the number of Republicans in Congress is the highest in 90 years. Their voters understandably expected Congress would then act on its promises to repeal Obamacare, stem the tide of illegal immigrants and control runaway spending, among other things. Instead, the GOP is again kicking these problems down the road to the next election: not surprisingly, their hand-picked candidate is polling in single digits.

On the Democratic side, the ethically challenged Hillary Clinton is again the front-runner. She has been caught in fabrications both venal and egregious, including lying to the families of the Benghazi victims. The base is uneasy and the Democratic establishment is walking on eggshells.

Into this come Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

In “The Art of the Deal,” Trump explains his strategy of aiming high to eventually end up with what he wants. As a longtime successful businessman and entrepreneur, Trump has a demonstrably large radius of trust. His supporters (many of them blue-collar Democrats) understand all this, even though the pundits and Washington establishment do not.

Sanders, a seemingly honest and forthright person, enjoys the same trust from his loyal base. He has established a position on the extreme left of the political spectrum, from which he also can move without unduly alienating his supporters.

Both Trump and Sanders are a result of a Washington that has damaged the bond of trust between the government and its citizens. The Beltway’s chickens have come home to roost.

Malcolm Vanderburgh

Getzville