Letter: Who bears the majority of the blame? | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Who bears the majority of the blame?

Melanie Sturm’s column (“The era of intended adverse consequences”) in Thursday’s edition of The Aspen Times contained much to praise, particularly regarding Washington’s current legislative impasse and appalling lack of leadership.

As a centrist, however, I like to spread the blame around fairly. Thus, I missed in Sturm’s commentary any acknowledgment of Republican responsibility for the immigration-reform mess. It seems to me that the stalling tactics of the Republican-led House are at least as responsible as any failings on the part of the Obama administration. In this election year, Republicans seem bent on not offending powerful tea party interests opposed to meaningful immigration reform. Thus, meaningful compromise seems, for now at least, dead in the water.

Thus far, I believe, Obama’s second term has proved largely one disaster after another. But I do give the administration a pass on the immigration issue. Here, the Republicans seem to bear most of the blame.

Donald Wilson

St. Louis

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