Disingenuous blame

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L. Thomas Lighthall's letter ("To Stop Shutdowns," Oct. 23) had me vexed. He begins by saying "regardless of which political party one supports," as if he were trying to be objective, and then goes on to spout the typical Republican mantra that the government shutdown was solely President Barack Obama's fault.

In actuality, the two parties in Congress are supposed to negotiate with each other. The president can voice his opinion of what he will and will not accept, but Congress is responsible for crafting bills to send to the president for his signature. If the majority party in the House cannot get enough votes in the Senate to pass its bill, that's not the president's fault; it's their parties' fault.

Mr. Lighthall also seems oblivious to the fact that in August, 80 House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner imploring him to shut down the government over the funding of Obamacare. It seems they got their way. To blame the shutdown on President Obama is disingenuous at best.

Obamacare is certainly not the best law it could be. Instead of voting more than 40 times to repeal it, shutting down the government and threatening default on the national debt, perhaps Republicans in Congress should spend some time negotiating and compromising to make it better. Republicans complain they were not included in the drafting of the law (which is also not true), but the only thing stopping them from negotiating changes to it now is themselves.


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