Re "D.C. divide means that both parties need to negotiate" (Viewpoints, Oct. 10): For three years, Congress and the White House have been building to this moment. Not the debt limit or "Obamacare" specifically, but this clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction. Republicans have led us here by continually thwarting the president and the will of the people, and dismissing the president and the peoples role in our constitutional republic. This must end.
Republicans not only have refused to negotiate on issues of debt and spending, but also have mocked the very idea of engaging with the president. Republicans have repeatedly made clear that they feel it is beneath them to work in a bipartisan way with the executive branch.
The Republicans dont like Obamacare, well neither do I. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional, well I disagree. Still, it is the law of the land. What the Republicans want to do, since they cant repeal it, is to defund the law, or else. This is tantamount to anarchy. What happens if every subsequent Congress doesnt like a previously passed law and they simply defund it if they cant repeal it? Anarchy by our government.
-- Michael Mendershausen, El Dorado Hills