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Opinion

June 20, 2013

Reform, responsibility the hallmarks of Gomez

U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez is a man who personifies those things that were forged by his life’s experiences: an immigrant, Navy pilot, Navy SEAL, successful businessman, devoted husband and father of four children. Overachievement is an understatement when you apply it to this extraordinary man.

And what the citizens of Massachusetts desperately need is an overachiever to represent them in the U.S. Senate

Congress today has transformed into a surreal, aloof and self-absorbed institution that increasingly places our nation in peril. Debt has exponentially expanded beyond any method of repayment, budgets are never balanced, global threats and internal security lapses remain unchecked. Our economy has developed a structural inability to grow jobs.

Meanwhile, the very institution that is charged with the duty to defend its citizens and address these issues is silent, conflicted and isolated. A lover of classics would recognize this condition by the parallel story of Nero fiddling while Rome was burning.

Gabriel Gomez espouses those very principles that made our nation great. And this is not because such enlightened principals are exclusive to any party but because they address the failures of the human condition: greed, insecurity, lust for power and selfishness. These have become the collective underpinnings of our Congress.

The Gomez platform delivers a fundamental transformation of Congress by focusing on the levers of power.

Term limits is a start so that citizen legislators and not career politicians serve. He proposes a lifetime ban of senators and congressmen to become lobbyists. A balanced budget amendment is also a necessity to help mediate a condition of fiscal responsibility. Additionally, a line-item veto, as we have in Massachusetts and 43 other states, is a tool not granted to Congress. Rounding out the debate with pay freezes and restrictions to safeguard the public from congressmen profiting from insider information are vital matters for our nation.

All told, Gabriel Gomez can deliver the promise of public service. It is a mechanism for serving the people who rely on you in a responsible manner.

This is a fundamental precept lost on most people who serve in our Senate today.

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Joe D’Amore lives in Groveland.

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