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November 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Midterm elections: All Republicans have done is sabotage Obama

I am struck by the number of items on guest columnist George Nethercutt’s list of goals that could have already been achieved except for the intransigence of Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the Senate [“What Republicans need to accomplish now that they control Congress,” Opinion, Nov. 5].

The last president that reduced the deficit was a Democrat — Bill Clinton.  When presented with the opportunity to continue this apparently laudable performance both Boehner and McConnell went along with Republican George W. Bush and reversed course.

There are corporate loopholes for energy subsidies, outsourcing subsidies, and other things, that could have been closed any time in the last six years.  These amount to trillions of dollars of debt reduction.  I don’t see how returning the Senate filibuster would improve things. Republicans have spent the last four years trying to repeal Obamacare not fix it.

Democrats have a much better track record than Republicans when it comes to passing budgets on time. And we would have had immigration reform a year ago if Boehner had allowed a vote on it. And so on for the rest of the list.

Instead, the only goal Republicans have worked toward has been to sabotage President Obama. Obama is still in office. Is the goal going to change?

Patrick J. Russell, Seattle

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