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Letter: Lack of leadership by Obama caused shutdown

4:45 PM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: A government shutdown could have and should have been avoided. In my opinion, the direct cause for the shutdown rests with the lack of leadership by the president.

The president is too concerned with his legacy and therefore is putting the blame for his failures on the GOP. During his run for re-election he said, in essence, that neither side gets 100 percent of what it asks for in negotiation. If he believes that, why does he refuse to negotiate?

I am tired of hearing how everything we fail to do will have a negative effect on either the children or the poor. The president continues to allow these scare tactics in the hope it will get him what he wants.

It would take a strong leader to tell the truth and accept the consequences instead of tap dancing around the issues that need to be settled now. There have been about 800,000 federal workers furloughed as they were declared "non-essential." If they are non-essential, why were they hired in the first place?

Obamacare is believed by many to be at the center of our budget problems and it will continue to be until the truth comes out about health care issues. The president said that under his plan health care can be purchased for as little as $100. What he didn't say was that it may incur a $5,000 to $7,000 deductible. While I agree the plan has some merits, it is obviously flawed and needs to be fixed before it can be implemented.

The mindset of President Obama indicates that he wants everything his way or no way. It is time that his advisers to let him know he is wrong and should start negotiating to fix the problems incurred because of his lack of willingness to negotiate in good faith. Some leaders are born; some are developed. It seems Obama is neither.

Paul F. Blemings,

Marshfield

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