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LETTER: Despite lengthy tenure, Obey lacks leadership skills

To The Telegram: With 38 years of experience, this is what Rep. Dave Obey does. He sponsors a bill to fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan then votes against it. He attaches an amendment to continue a financial safety net for dairy farmers and...

To The Telegram:

With 38 years of experience, this is what Rep. Dave Obey does. He sponsors a bill to fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan then votes against it. He attaches an amendment to continue a financial safety net for dairy farmers and then votes against it.

The compromise worked out between Congress and the President was just that, "a compromise." If Obey was allowed to wave his "magic wand," he would have voided any compromise. He once again turned his back on military families and Wisconsin Dairy farmers. Fortunately other Democrats with much less "experience" understand how Congress and real life works. If Obey continues to insist on a timetable to remove troops from Iraq, he will back the president into a corner. "Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't".

And as any good politician knows, you need to leave your opposition an avenue of exit with dignity. It's sad to think that Obey and Sen. Russ Feingold may be responsible for keeping our troops in Iraq longer due to their uncompromising attitude.

Obey has once again shown poor leadership and representation. An old saying comes to mind. "Lead, follow or get out of the way". I suggest Dave do the latter.

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-- Marshall Lonsdorf,

Wausau

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