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February 19, 2009 at 4:35 PM

National politics

Obstructionist Republicans

President Obama’s administration hoped to find a more collaborative way to negotiate governance of our great country. After the Republicans’ “winner-take-all,” steamroller politics, power has now swung to the Democrats. Obama’s leadership tried something different: listening respectfully to Republicans in policy development and compromising to accommodate Republican concerns.

The final version of the Economic Recovery Act has cut proposed spending by over $100 billion from the previous version just to accommodate Republicans and gain their votes. The act also increased tax cuts for the wealthy, despite ample experience proving they don’t do much to help the economy.

These compromises were made in order to include Republicans in solving our common problems. Yet, only three voted with Democrats to pass the act. Republicans remain obstructionist.

Democrats would be well-advised to use the political power they currently have to fix the massive problems caused by years of Republican hegemony, not to dilute their cure with Republican snake oil. Collaboration is a two-way street and Republicans have shown deceit in working toward effective solutions.

— Bruce Joffe, Piedmont, Calif.

Self-imposed isolation

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., should realize he’s lost the election to an American-produced, badly needed world-class leader in President Obama, who, in turn, bears unimaginable, staggering challenges brought on, in large measure, by McCain’s Republican party.

To her credit, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has pragmatically accepted her loss. McCain’s much-touted military heroism during the presidential campaign, on the other hand, has been badly tarnished by his lack of bipartisan example with the new administration.

McCain should seriously consider a change in attitude before being ostracized into self-imposed isolation.

— Joe Schwarz, Princeton, B.C.

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