Re "Obama blames stalemate on GOP animosity" (Page A7, Dec. 20): President Barack Obama is right. Some Republicans won't vote for anything he proposes, even if it is based on what they've wanted.
And so we come to the congressionally created "fiscal cliff" and they still can't take "yes" for an answer. When the president meets them more than halfway, ignoring his own political base, they still find reasons to say no. They take the president's willingness to compromise as a sign of weakness.
Mr. President, stop trying to be Mr. Nice Guy. And stop negotiating with House Speaker John Boehner. He should be negotiating with Senate Democrats to work out an acceptable deal within your guidelines.
Boehner has a tough job. But at some point he must do what is right for the nation, even if it means accepting Democratic help to make it happen.
-- Joseph Slabbinck, Citrus Heights