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November 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Midterm elections: Parties should govern, not obstruct

Reading E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column in The Times reinforced how casually we as voters take the partisan behavior of our two political parties [“Don’t govern on fantasies,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. Dionne quotes a National Review articles as follows: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing a fine job of governing together, why wouldn’t they vote to continue the arrangement in 2016?” Dionne interprets this as meaning, “Spending two more years making Obama look bad should remain the GOPs central goal, lest Republicans make the whole country ready for Hillary.”

First of all, what’s wrong with our elected leaders prioritizing “doing a fine job of governing together?” Isn’t that what we as taxpayers are paying them to do. And why should any voter accept that either party’s goal should be making the other party look bad? If our elected leaders aren’t focused on making America better, rather than obstructing the other party and probably injuring America to gain power, we should vote them out.

Alas, I fear we no longer expect our leaders in Washington to operate for the good of the country. To a significant extent, bad government is on us.

David Miller, Issaquah

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