Republicans didn't cause shutdown

Published: November 20, 2013

“Tactical differences get in way of GOP's efforts” (Our Views, Nov. 12) stated, “A small faction of the GOP has embraced kamikaze maneuvers, such as the recent government shutdown. That effort reaped nothing but a lower approval rating for Republicans. Better strategic thinking that faces political reality is needed.”

How can any reasonable person, knowing who did what, say that Republicans caused the recent government shutdown? We know Senate Leader Harry Reid and President Obama refused to negotiate with Republicans on delaying the individual mandate on Obamacare. And that the House made several offers to start debate and passed individual funding bills for most of government; all were refused by the Senate. We also know the administration closed open-air memorials — including the World War II memorial — and that closing them cost more than leaving them open.

Obviously, Obama wanted to cause the public as much pain as possible. We also know government workers were paid for the time they were furloughed, like an unexpected vacation. The Democrats caused the shutdown.

Richard Choate, Sulphur

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