One of the most informative items in the June 26 Post and Courier is “How your U.S. lawmakers voted.” In April, the House passed HR 88, introduced in response to a Department of Labor document that required financial professionals who managed retirement accounts to serve the “best interests” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.
Rep. Phil Roe, who introduced the bill, said, “We don’t need to choose between supporting affordable retirement advice and ensuring financial advisors act in good faith.” The “choice” seems to be introduced by Rep Roe.
A similar bill was introduced and passed in the Senate. Both measures passed strictly by party, all Republicans for, all Democrats against. Last week’s “How they voted” records that the House failed to override President Obama’s veto.
Also last week the Republicans and Democrats issued separate reports on the Benghazi hearings. That there was no accord between the parties is a dismal performance for such an important investigation.
I was raised in a Republican household when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. He was a distinguished military leader who comported himself with dignity and worked effectively in a bipartisan manner. In short, the polar opposite of the current Republican candidate.
I don’t know if today’s Democrats would be any more responsible if they were the party in power. What I do know is the polarized atmosphere in Congress and on the campaign trail leaves me nostalgic for an era when national interests were weighed above partisan politics.
I hear politicians of all stripes talking about what “the American people” want. What the American people want is for their elected officials — and candidates — to act like grown-ups.
Richard H. Gross
Oak Marsh Drive