Rep. Paul Ryan asks not what he can do for the country, but what the country can do for him. He has cost taxpayers almost $1.92 million for his ride as a congressman over the past 14 years. He has sponsored and passed just four bills, which included a 2000 bill to name a post office in his hometown of Janesville, Wis.; a 2004 bill to modify the excise taxes on arrows used in archery equipment; and the 2008 TARP bill. He joins a Republican choir that caused our economic problems.

Former chairman of the House Banking Committee Jim Leach co-authored the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, which effectively repealed the banking regulations of the Glass-Steagall Act. In doing so, they unleashed predatory bankers who gambled away large sums of money and passed the bill on to us.

This national debt or financial cliff is a con that was fabricated by the U.S. Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, save a few, like Sen. Tom Harkin, who voted against the Financial Services Modernization Act. Unfortunately, William Jefferson Clinton signed it.

We do not owe the international banking cartel as this fraud was done by their people in the Federal Reserve, which needs to be audited, in conjunction with a bunch of con artists in the U.S. government who have been lying, stealing and defrauding us of honest services for far too long. We dispute and contest the national debt as it was ill begotten by a rotten Congress.

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Dr. Kenneth Tennant