The debate on 10/10/12 between GOP candidate Steve Obsitnik and Congressman Jim Himes was remarkable in offering contrasting visions of governance for attaining goals for our communities.
It was clear early in the debate that Mr. Obsitnik, with his real-world experiences as both a small business owner and his military service of nine years in the Navy, that life shapes perspective. For us, this will translate into understanding of crafting governmental policies which can either help or hinder business the first time around without. Such is the case of the Frank-Dodd legislation which Mr. Himes last night both claimed to be heavily involved in its writing as the only banker on the committee, and also needing to wait to see how the bill would impact communities to really understand it.
This is not the leadership that our country ever needs, especially in difficult times such as these. We must demand our Congressional representatives to understand what they are writing, and not pass huge bills that, by Mr. Himes own admission, are experimental in nature. Perhaps this is to be expected, considering that his demeanor last night on multiple occasions was downright adolescent and beneath the dignity of the Congressional office he seeks to retain. His debating technique of lobbing jeering commentary was better suited to a high school bully than a two term Congressman.
It is time change to a representative that has a clear understanding of his role in making policy that will improve our economy, create jobs, and make our country stronger.