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House Speaker Paul Ryan has served in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives since 1999. Prior to be­com­ing speaker in October, 2015, Mr. Ryan served on the House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee as well as on the House Bud­get Com­mit­tee. With all of this experience, why didn’t he have a health-care bill ready? Why didn’t he have a bud­get bill? A tax-re­form bill?

Pres­i­dent Trump has pre­sented a bold plan to put Amer­ica back on the road of pros­per­ity, and as head of the ex­ec­u­tive branch, Mr. Trump is do­ing his part by elim­i­nat­ing costly and un­nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tions and by cut­ting de­part­men­tal op­er­at­ing ex­penses. In or­der for the coun­try to reach its full po­ten­tial, how­ever, the three re­forms now be­fore Congress must be in place in or­der for the pres­i­dent’s plan to be ef­fec­tive.

Many in the me­dia re­fer to those in Congress as the po­lit­i­cal elite. How­ever, if Speaker Ryan is not will­ing to move the na­tion for­ward, to serve the coun­try by im­ple­ment­ing the pres­i­dent’s plan, then he needs to step aside. He may believe he is an elite, but if he stands in the way of the Amer­i­can people, he should no longer be al­lowed to stay among the po­lit­i­cal elite.

STEPHEN BALL Lan­caster, Ohio

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