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It's time for all to negotiate

The shutdown is a civics lesson in government in how government was intended but with a snafu — one party apparently thinks it is beyond negotiations.

The president: “I will not negotiate until the end of the government shutdown.” We hear the same from Sen. Reid. The Republicans, meanwhile, have sent dozens of continuing resolutions to keep other priorities open — war memorials, military pay, treatment of children with cancer among others and the Democrat response is, “No!”

More than 75 percent of federal government is still up and running, the administration has instructed the shutdowns to create the most pain possible, and the administration has rejected every proposal with a veto threat. James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 58 that “the power over the purse” which resides in the House is a negotiation tool for redressing grievances.

Yes, Mr. President, it was designed to bring ALL parties to the table.

In EVERY shutdown prior to this one the parties came together and negotiated at the table. President Clinton did, Ronald Reagan did, Jimmy Carter did as did every other president whether it was a Congress controlled by the same party or not. They all rolled up their sleeves, sat down and figured out a way to end the shut down and compromise.

The current president and majority leader in the Senate are too arrogant to do so. They will protect Obamacare at all costs. The president has delayed implementation for businesses, hundreds if not thousands of exemptions granted, but you and I can’t have individual mandate delayed.

Everyone but you and I get a delay or exemption — nice fairness, Mr. President!

The president and Sen. Reid have made this about politics not priorities. They say, “Pass a clean, continuing resolution.” We, the American people, say, “Delay this train wreck called Obamacare!”

David Anderson,


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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