At last week’s Findlay Rotary club, Rep. Robert Sprague put forward a proposed constitutional amendment that makes one question his fitness to represent the people for the 83rd district. The National Debt Relief Amendment would give state legislatures the power to set our national debt limit. How any legislator could believe for a second that this proposed amendment is in any way workable is beyond imagination. This amendment would tear to shreds large sections of the United States Constitution.
Rep. Sprague also suggested that his constitutional amendment be put forward at a Constitutional Convention which might lead one to question his basic powers of reason. Given our current level of political discourse, a constitutional convention could easily go off the rails, taking our nation spinning off into areas that are better left to a more reasoned political process. Even Rep. Sprague seems to acknowledge these problems with his own proposal, yet he made it anyway.
It may make you feel better to know that Mr. Sprague did not dream up this nutty idea all on his own. The National Debt Relief Amendment is the brainchild of the far right wing group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) funded by the mega rich like the Koch brothers. ALEC is intent on making the US a tax free paradise for the one percent. Rep. Sprague’s support for this harebrained idea raises the question: does Rep Sprague have the independent mind that we want from our representative?
Luckily for the voters of Findlay and the 83rd district, we do not need to put up with Rep. Sprague and his screwball ideas. In this election, we have a real choice. We can vote for a legislator who will put the needs and concerns of his constituents; the working families of Ohio, before the desires of a far rightwing special interest group bent on serving the one percent.
John Kostyo will work for you, to build an Ohio that works for you. Robert Cole Sprague voted against firefighters, law enforcement officers and teachers. Next time he will vote against you. Don’t let that happen. Vote John Kostyo this November!