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August 25, 2012

Problems in America blamed on Republicans

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I believe that Republican intransigence is a major reason our country’s problems aren’t being solved.

There are few Republicans that work with Democrats or are open to compromise. Richard Lugar, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was one example. He supported the Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty that President Obama did manage to get through the Senate.

However, because he compromised with Democrats, he was targeted by the tea party for defeat. Richard Mourdock, who defeated him in the Republican primary, said that he hopes that bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, has said that his main goal is to defeat President Obama’s re-election attempt instead of working with Democrats to solve the nation’s problems.

The voter ID law in Pennsylvania is an example of Republican-sponsored partisan legislation. Its purpose seems to be to hold down the Democratic vote. Legislation should be passed to increase voter participation, not suppress it.

More than 758,000 people in Pennsylvania have no driver’s license, which is the main method of identification envisioned by the law. Mike Turzai, the Republican House Majority Leader, said that the voter ID law is going to allow Mitt Romney to carry the state.

The Republicans who control the U.S. House have a highly partisan attitude. They have now tried 33 times to repeal all or part of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

The law did pass Congress, was signed by the president and was upheld by the Supreme Court. A similar law is very popular in Massachusetts with 98 percent of the people covered by health insurance.

David Brenneman

Quail Lane

New Wilmington

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