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  • Updated: October 3, 2013 - 6:54 PM

Who won’t negotiate with whom? Hmmm?


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Who won’t negotiate with whom? Hmmm?

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama refuse to negotiate with House Republicans on Obamacare, causing a federal government shutdown. The House has sent multiple government funding bills to the Senate that defunded or delayed Obamacare. Americans have shown in the polls that we do not want this health care takeover. Yet Reid refuses to negotiate. He’d rather protect Obama’s legacy than protect our country from what even some Democrats call a “train wreck.” Also, President Obama will negotiate with a terrorist state’s president, but not our elected members of Congress. Obama is trying to blame conservatives for the government shutdown. But he and Reid are the ones refusing to negotiate.

I believe most Americans will see through this as Democrats’ simply wanting to protect Obama’s only legacy at all costs. The proof will be at the election polls in 2014.


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What would have happened if Democrats had refused to accept George W. Bush as president in 2000 because we knew that the Supreme Court had made a wrong decision based on its political orientation? Do you remember the scorn the Republicans hurled at Democrats and independents that were angry and upset over the decision? But the government didn’t grind to a halt or fall into chaos. This country was an example to the world that people who deeply disagree can still get along well enough to run a country. Rule of law won.

But not now. The Republicans have devolved into Third World tactics by refusing to follow the rule of law. They would rather destroy everything and descend into chaos rather than take their lumps and plan for another day and another battle.

If we give in to the minority that wants to hold the country hostage, we will only see more of their tactics in the future.


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Maybe the Democratic Senate should send a continuing resolution bill with strict gun-control provisions over to the House and see if the Republicans want to “compromise” on that.

GARY THOMSEN, Eden Prairie




What’s with all this obsession over glitches?

Enough with the glitches already! The latest report in the Star Tribune, “MNsure health exchange busy, but still bumpy” (Oct. 3), seems to reflect a journalistic obsession with MNsure problems and the whining of some who are attempting to get on board early. Relax — you have until Dec. 15 to receive coverage by Jan. 1.

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