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Obama's failures are not the GOP's fault


Date published: 10/25/2012

William J. Minnis ["Obama's mistake: Thinking the GOP would compromise," Oct. 12] seems to have selective memory regarding some of the events that have occurred during the Obama administration.

While he admits President Obama promised to turn the economy around in three years, Obama wasted most of that time ramming through Obamacare, something no one in the GOP, nor the majority of the American people, wanted (or still want).

Mr. Minnis needs to bear in mind that Obama had a super-majority in the House, and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate during most of the mentioned three-year period. Whereas the special election placing Scott Brown in the Senate was a temporary setback, it was balanced by Sen. Ted Stevens' loss during his re-election effort in 2009.

Please remember that Stevens was convicted during a federal corruption trial a mere eight days before the election. Sen. Stevens barely lost his seat, and before he was sentenced, his conviction was vacated due to gross prosecutorial misconduct by Obama's Justice Department. Sen. Stevens' defeat thus ensured the 60th vote needed to pass Obamacare.

It is simply nonsense to blame the GOP for Obama not reaching his three-year goal. Obama and the Democrats controlled the agenda for two of those years, and the country responded to that agenda by giving the GOP over 60 additional seats in the House.

One cannot blame Sen. McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, nor Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, for that matter, for Obama's lack of focus on the economy during the first two years of his administration. He had all the power he required, but lacked the judgment to use it wisely or effectively.

It was, and continues to be, the aforesaid GOP leaders' responsibility to keep the current administration from further damaging our economy.

They do not need to make Obama "look like" a failed president--he already is one.

Gary Long

Spotsylvania