In his letter in your Nov. 6 edition Tony Greco makes two assertions I have to dispute. First, he puts Obama-Congressional hostility on an equal footing and says they’re equally to blame for the dysfunction in Washington.

In fact, Obama has spent almost his whole Presidency in bending over backward to try to compromise with Republicans, but has been continually rebuffed.  

The recent government shutdown was solely due to the republicans in the House of Representatives trying to delay or gut the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in Obama’s first term.  Does Tony think that Obama is to blame in not backing down and scuttling the ACA?

The onus for the intense partisanship in Congress is clearly on the Republicans. 

Second, he says that, “The vast majority of voters in America fall within the center-right of the political spectrum.” Really! I believe that most voters are actually on the left side of the spectrum.  The problem is that voters are never offered a real choice.  Look at the 2012 election.  You could vote for Obama, a corporate-friendly conservative, or Romney, who used to be the same but in order to placate the Tea Party had to turn himself into a right- wing extremist.

The problem here is that a leftist candidate would get no Wall Street money.  And without big money a candidate has no chance.

Where’s real campaign finance reform when we need it?


David Steinberg,


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John Flanagan

Mr Steinberg's too kind to Obama, and having lost sight of the true facts, falls back to the default Democratic spin points. Obama is known to be extremely uncompromising, dogmatically leftist, and narcissistic, the ingredients of a dictator, not a leader. As divisive as ever, Obama prefers to rule, not govern. Most if not all of his problems with the Republicans and conservatives on issues like Obamacare stem from his true and enduring ignorance of a free market system, basic economics, and respect for Constitutional separations and lines of established authority. Obama approached his office as a community activist, radicalized socialist...not left of center or centrist...except in the eyes of dreamers. Obama learned about strong armed politics through the Chicago thug system which usually keeps the masses under the miserable thumbs of tax and spend Democrats, corrupt party bosses, and enduring waste. People in Chicago, like New York City, love their Democratic Party scoundrels enough to keep them in power, and then sit down each morning over a bagel and coffee and complain about high taxes, inept bureaucrats, lousy roads, poor infrastructure. Of course, the Democrats and their media supporters will usually blame Republicans and conservatives for most of the ills which plague America, and for daring to believe non-Democrats may have better solutions to offer.
So, if it bothers Mr Steinberg that Mr Greco does not feed on the Obama and Democratic Party claims against Republicans and Tea Party types, well....that is just tough. We have a right to speak out and will do so. As for the government shutdown, the Republicans with testosterone, like Ted Cruz, and unlike Peter King, and McCain, were ready to fund everything but the diasterous job killing, misery inducing,inept legislation called Obamacare. The UNaffordble Care Act needed reform or repeal because it will hurt our economy and health care, yet Reid and Obama held on to this calamity....and it was the Democrats who closed the government. The chickens have come home to roost. Despised by the Democrats and the media, Ted Cruz proved to be a better man than Obama, Reid, and all of the Democratic Party.

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