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posted: 8/20/2014 5:01 AM

GOP interested only in discrediting Obama

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If you are wondering why our Congress is so dysfunctional, perhaps you should Google this phrase: "Jan. 20, 2009 GOP meeting." This GOP meeting took place in the Caucus Room at a Washington, D.C., restaurant and included 13 influential members of the Republican Congress and one nonmember -- Newt Gingrich. Their project: How to bring Congress to a standstill regardless of how much it would hurt the American economy by pledging to obstruct and block President Obama on all legislation.

Newt Gingrich was not a participant because he is not a current member of Congress, but he has substantiated that the meeting took place and was agreed upon by everyone there on that Jan. 20. Gingrich has been interviewed by other news media and has not denied this participation in the event or its authenticity.

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I don't think that this comes as a surprise to anyone. It is perfectly clear that the GOP would rather tarnish Obama's record than rebuild the American economy. It is amazing to me that Obama has managed to get as much done as he has regardless of the massive opposition he has gotten from the GOP member of Congress. It clearly shows that the GOP is not interested in shared governance. One can only imagine what could have happened if the GOP had never had that meeting and both parties had agreed to work together to rebuild our country. Remember this when you vote.

Judy Arenas

Arlington Heights

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