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Some compromise is necessary

I understand passions are running high now with the government shutdown. Neither side wants to negotiate on Obamacare and lose face. I personally blame both parties: On the one hand, the GOP hates President Obama and Obamacare and doesn’t want the president to score a major victory on his signature issue. On the other, Obama doesn’t want to have to cave one iota on his signature issue and he hates the GOP.

What we have right now is a Mexican standoff and neither side is helping the situation. The GOP is taking blame for not willing to deal and I think they should. However, Obama is not helping things either. Obama invited the other side for talks and in those talks Obama simply reiterated his staunch position.
If Obama was just going to invite Rep. John Boehner for talks and say “you have to go along with what I want,” then wasting Boehner’s time by the invitation is going to anger Boehner further and cause him to continue to do what he’s doing. That’s not what we, the people, need at this time.

We need Obama, the Democratic National Committee, Boehner, the GOP and the tea party to calm down right now, so the first thing that needs to happen is a mutual cease-fire with the insults and blame games. Then what needs to happen is both sides need to find a major issue to cave on.

For example, if Obama gets everything he wants on health care and the debt ceiling, then maybe he can reduce restrictions on firearms and maybe a concession on immigration? That way, the tea party can claim a major victory and so can Obama. Both sides will feel hurt for having to give on what they don’t want, but both sides need to learn to majorly compromise because right now jobs are at stake.

Not to mention our country’s vulnerability to its enemies.

David Musser
Davis

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  • tbOctober 04, 2013 - 6:27 am

    What's "negotiating" over a settled law, Obamacare, got to do with it? We're talking about a basic function of Congress to pass a dam n budget. What are they getting paid for if not that? The level of funding has already been accepted by the Democrats at a low level, nearly the same as the Ryan budget, much lower than Obama's proposed budget. The Senate has passed it already. It's been reported there are enough votes in the HOuse to pass the Senate bill, and Obama is waiting to sign it. Only Boehner's refusal to allow a vote on that bill stands in the way. Let them vote and the latest GOP blackmail session is over and the government re-opens. Note: Congress passing a budget and signing off on the payment of debt due from spending they authorized is not a concession to Obama. Even Boehner has acknowledged the debt ceiling must be raised. PS if Obama hates the gop why does he keep appointing republicans? strange

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 04, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    "What we have right now is a Mexican standoff and neither side is helping the situation. " ........ Aside from the fact that no one is aiming a gun at another, the stalemate in Washington cannot be called 'a Mexican standoff,' because a Mexican standoff always involves three parties, not two, and each of the three in a Mexican standoff has a gun (or other weapon) aimed at the other two in the fight. ........ The origin of the term is unknown. However, in popular fiction in the 19th century it was common to portray a robbery situation, such as in a bank, where two banditos would arrive at the same time at the bank, and each would point a gun at the banker and at the other bandito, while the banker aimed one gun at one bandito and another gun at the second bandito.

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  • jakOctober 04, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    Remember, starting last Spring, the tea party caucus refused to go to Conference Committee with the Senate to resolve differences over the federal budget. Their strategy, which included the other day in what reporters described as an alcohol-soaked celebration, is causing unnecessary suffering, economic harm, and diminished them and all of us in the eyes of humankind. They have undermined democracy.

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