By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
For 35 years, Susan Boldra taught government to the youth in Hays. But there was a disconnect between what she was teaching about government and what was happening in Washington, D.C.
From the influence of money to life-long politicians, Boldra became more and more concerned that Congress was too far removed from the intent of the founders.
“The founders never intended for members of Congress to be in office longer than Castro has been in Cuba,” she told ‘We, the People,’” a local organization dedicated to the advocacy of Constitutional principles.
“That’s why I support term limits.”
Boldra said that being a member of Congress was supposed to be a temporary public service, not a way to consolidate power and influence.
Boldra may not be the best funded candidate of the seven who have announced, but she was not disappointed.
“I hope you don’t have to buy a seat in Congress,” she said. “I’m running this as a grassroots campaign. I am not a career politician. I think it’s time to get rid of some politicians. I'm shaking hands. I realize you have to have money for brochures, signs, that kind of thing, but I hope this position is not for sale.”
Boldra was open with her positions on the issues, and she sported a Tea Party button on her shirt while she shared her views.
One of her concerns dealt with education, and the idea that America was not keeping up with other nations.
“We test every student,” she said. “When we see these reports of being behind these other countries, they don’t test everyone. We do. We teach whoever comes to our classrooms to a higher level than anyone else. If migrant students are causing a school to be considered a failure, that’s not fair.”
She also believed the government had grown too large and needed to be scaled back.
“Take the EPA,” she said. “Congress created it, and Congress can reign it in.”
An attendee asked what her concerns her with the EPA, and Boldra went straight to Cap and Trade, the proposed legislation that would create limits on carbon dioxide including the gas released by cattle.
“President Obama has already stated that if Congress does not pass Cap and Trade, he will use the EPA to basically enforce it,” she said. “We do not need the government regulating every aspect of our lives.”
Boldra also pointed out that home ownership would be affected by Cap and Trade.
“If you wanted to sell your house, you would have to have a government representative come in and see if it meets at least 70 percent of the efficiency requirements,” she said. “If it doesn’t, you can’t sell it.”
Some of those upgrades might include triple pane windows, wiring, light fixtures and more.
While many agreed with Boldra’s position, there was concern of how one person could influence the 435-member House.
“I believe there will be a groundswell of freshmen members in the next Congress,” she said. “We will go in with a mandate to make these changes.”