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A split vote is less toxic

Dear Editor:

I am responding to a criticism that I will be voting for some Democrats and some Republicans rather then by a straight party vote.

Having an unchecked party in power is usually a bad thing as the pendulum often swings too quickly and too far out of balance. The most recent example is the GOP, which owned both the presidency and both houses for the first six years of G.W. Bush.

It would have been better with the Bush administration, as it would be better now, and in the future, to legislate with more Democratic and Republican involvement for the collective unison and ownership of our legislation. Changing from one extreme to another and pointing fingers at the other party produces a lot of gutless denial of responsibility. The Republican over-representation gave way to the runaway Bush doctrine.

In governance too much of anything is usually a bad thing ” no matter how well intentioned. I agree with some of Obama’s ideas, however his unchecked policies, layered on top of majority leader Nancy Pelosi’s, is a toxic thought. Righting Bush’s wrongs by trying to make a 180-degree turn is folly. A more moderate turn in a positive direction would be more constructive and balanced from many different perspectives.

Mark Kwiecienski


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