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Blame not shared in political gridlock

To the editor:

Recently the Gazette published a letter in which the writer lamented the gridlock in Washington and how it was inflicting misery on our citizens. What struck me was the tone of the letter. It placed blame on both parties, a widespread, although erroneous view in the media.

It is only one party that has been holding the debt ceiling hostage and threatens to crash our economy unless the president cuts federal spending, which is already at record lows.

Only one party wants to hand Social Security over to financial speculators, turn Medicare into a voucher program and reduce food safety and environmental protections. It is one party that delayed aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy and opposes regulations on military-style assault weapons like to one used in the massacre in Newtown.

This party admitted openly to a strategy to obstruct the president’s programs for economic recovery for political gain, and is therefore responsible for deliberately causing much of the misery we are experiencing.

So next time you are listening to a political debate, remember that one side is demanding we trade away the security, health and dignity of the most vulnerable among us so we can provide more luxury and wealth to the most powerful.

David King


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