Naive editorial

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I was totally amazed at the complete naivete in your Wednesday editorial (“GOP budget hostage-taking not acceptable”).

Have you not noticed the enumerable times that legislation has passed in the House and the majority leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, publicly stated before it arrived that it would be “dead on arrival.”

Compromise is defined differently in Washington politics. Namely, the Republicans are expected to submit to the Democrats’ wishes and get nothing in return. That’s not my idea of compromise.

What would be the problem in delaying the start of the ACA requirement for individuals’ coverage, especially when businesses and unions have already received waivers and one-year extensions? And that is the latest compromise offered by the House!

— Andy Schuck, Burleson

Placing blame

Why blame only Republicans for the shutdown? Why doesn’t Obama separate Obamacare from the rest of the budget?

House Speaker John Boehner asked twice for delays in implementation because of inadequate preparations and yet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said no, twice. Obama/Reid are needlessly holding the budget hostage to their rigid time schedule. Most Americans and some Democrats don’t want Obamacare but Obama doesn’t care.

Obama’s typical modus operandi is to spitefully cause financial pain for states or communities depending on the tourism events he cancels.

I love that the veterans and park police ignored the Obama-instigated blockade at the World War II Memorial.

— Jean Honeycutt, Azle

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