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January 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM

A new Congress: Stalling is not a surprise

I smiled when I saw the headline “Rancor and stalling on Congress’ first day” [Nation & World, Jan. 6]. How epically non-surprising!

This is the kind of Congress we get when the “majority of a minority” of eligible voters cast their ballots. The spinelessness of the Democrats is largely responsible: It dove-tailed perfectly with the anti-American (all for the 1 percent) character of today’s Republican party.

One of the most amusing and disgusting comments was that of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the new majority leader: “We all know that one of the things the Senate is best at doing is not doing much. Why don’t we get started?” This from the very man who publicly made it known that his party’s uppermost goal was to deny any legislation favored by President Obama. Who better to rail against gridlock than its king?

But there is a silver lining. Due to the Republicans’ determination to pass planet-killing legislation such as approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, all our concerns may be sooner-than-later rendered moot as the world drowns in the rising seas of climate change. Step on the gas, Mitch, as you drive us off the cliff.

Michael Spence, Tukwila

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