October 18, 2013 at 6:29 AM
GOP’s surrender will prolong conflict
Democrats equally at fault
Editor, The Times:
The Republican Party surrendered almost unconditionally in trying to link short-term billion-dollar budget decisions (like Obamacare) to long-term trillion-dollar indebtedness [“GOP sacrificed standing in long, futile fight on health care,” page one, Oct. 17].
As we approach the negotiated December deadlines for new ideas, we might recall Dec. 6, 1941, and how the catchy World War II policy of unconditional surrender also probably prolonged that conflict, at great cost on many continents.
The stark choice for our Congress and for Sen. Patty Murray in her key leadership position is whether we only risk brinkmanship in the search for a genuine solution, or instead surely slide over the slippery brink later for lack of foresight, courage and elementary arithmetic skills. For refusing to negotiate the big picture, the Democratic Party is equally at fault for leaving this crisis in the hands of the amateur and maligned tea party.
Peter D. Beaulieu, Shoreline
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