Democrats should refuse to participate in the new House select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack. How many inquiries are needed? Why legitimize a new attempt to smear the administration? Past presentation of Benghazi smoking guns — like the current “damning” White House email — have seemed more like duds.

Instead, while the select committee meets, Democrats should hold their own special committee hearing to get to the bottom of what really matters to Americans:

How can we have the best economy? How can we boost job growth and wages? How can we reduce economic inequality?

Such a hearing would also contrast Republicans’ interest in beating a dead horse to Democrats’ interest in our everyday lives.

And this might be an opportunity to add a new term to our vocabulary. One can "Benghazi" a political position; i.e., for political gain, one can continually raise a concern for which there is little or no evidence.

Frankly, I have been “Benghazied” enough.

Neil Wollman

North Manchester, Indiana