It's still over a month before general elections are held, which is a lot of time to resolve important government issues - and show the public where those seeking re-election really stand.

Instead, the Congress has opted to delay action on some very important matters, such as extending or rejecting the extension of tax cuts, budget proposals, a school nutrition bill proposed by Mrs. Obama, and even ethics trials of two prominent members - even though the accused asked that trials be held as soon as possible.

Polls show a widespread distrust of political leaders. The delays by Congress show why so little confidence exists.

The Associated Press reports:

"With their House and Senate majorities on the line, Democratic leaders called off votes and even debates on all controversial matters."

Leadership in Washington shouldn't be like a card game, where you hide your hand until the time is right for personal gain. Instead it should be a display of openness, truthfulness, and courage.

What political leaders have decided to do is none of the above. Instead, after the election, they'll opt to do what they please thinking the public will forget by the next time they seek re-election.

What is going to happen with the on-going tax breaks, which if not approved will mean tax increases for virtually anyone making a sustainable living?

What about the budget? Is there going to be another trillion dollars or so added to the deficit, extending the payback burden to our great-grandchildren instead of just our grandchilden?

Never has it been more important to learn about the candidates seeking office and what they stand for, especially the incumbents. In this case, some incumbents don't want you to know their platforms.

It's also a major reason that you should get out and vote this election. Let your voice be heard through ballots.

Show your frustration to those you think aren't doing their job not only in Washington, but Harrisburg, too.

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com