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Get out of President Obama's way

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Get out of President Obama's way

Having sought compromise with Republican legislators over the last four years, but been rebuffed repeatedly, President Obama has taken bold and independent action to lead the country forward.

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President Obama has kept America out of war and been influential on the world stage; he has rescued the economy from a near depression collapse; he has seen that those without access to health care, marriage rights and a standard of living above subsistence have received these minimums. He has endeavored to leave the environment healthier for U.S. citizens and address the effects of global warming. With compassion, he has tried to find help for millions of immigrants, both adults and more recently children.

The Republican legislators, on the other hand, have used that undemocratic and unconstitutional filibuster 600 times to block the president's appointments and legislation; they have voted 30 times to take away from Americans the basic right of health care; they have shut down the government; and they are likely to let the highway trust fund go bust, with the consequential loss of thousands of construction jobs.

I believe the quote of a business executive appropriately sums up my arguments: "Lead, follow or get out of the way." For the good of the nation, it is time for the Republican legislators to get out of President Obama's way.

Tom Teune

Wheaton

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