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We already know that the biggest problem with our politics is tribalism. Our elected representatives inevitably choose party over the people.

There is no better example of this than the current situation over funding the government. The president, in order to keep a foolish campaign promise, wants to build a wall. His party, currently in control of Congress, is trying to support him. But polling shows that nearly 60 percent of the people oppose wasting money on a wall, preferring to secure the border with cheaper, more effective, technology and personnel.

A recent poll showed, that while 59 percent oppose building the wall, 79 percent of Republicans support it. Just yesterday, trying to find a resolution, Republican House leaders met with the president. Trump, manipulated by conservative commentators, refused to budge on his $5 billion demand. Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy told the public that Trump wouldn’t sign a bill without the $5 billion and went back to the House to give him one, knowing that it could never pass the Senate.

Whatever happened to Congressional leadership that represented the people and told the president what we wanted? Who decided it should be government of Trump, by Trump, for Trump?

Bob Wynhausen

Lebanon (Dec. 22)

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