The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 7, 2014

It's that time again

It has already begun as if it had never stopped. We are back in the election season whether we like it or not. Candidates are filling the media, phone lines, and mail with very common themes, all of which we have heard before. Their messages are strangely similar.

They all agree that the biggest need in the country is jobs. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, and Independent all agree that jobs are needed to support the tax base required to support the ever expanding entitlement programs the government must fund.

This has been the central theme of the last five or six national elections. It is not the only thing all parties have in common. They all are unable to outline a plan that if followed would create the jobs we all know are needed, and consequently we have seen no progress towards a solution.

They all recognize our frustration with the lack of results coming out of Washington. Some even admit to sharing our feelings. Rather than share it, they should be doing something about it. The sad fact is that there is no real leadership in Washington and consequently politics have replaced principle when it comes to governing. These candidates now are asking for our money and our vote so they can continue to not manage the country’s needs.  

Instead of responding to their requests for money, they should be sent a message that we want the specifics of a plan that would start to restore manufacturing jobs to the United States. When such a plan bears results only then will they receive our hard-earned dollars. They have plenty of money.

What they and we need is for them to develop a sense urgency and a desire to solve the problems we face and start governing. Such a plan does not have to be complicated. A start would be to reduce all corporate income tax to 20 percent and instruct the Department of Commerce to aggressively solicit foreign investment in manufacturing in this country. They must develop the will to solve problems and we must insist on it. It is up to us that they get the message.

Henry A Truslow,


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